Beyoncé’s 16-minute performance of Lemonade at the MTV Video Music Awards blew everyone away on a few levels. But when Rudy Giuliani was asked about it on FOX & Friends, he went off. The performance contained a section where a group of women standing symbolized angels being “shot down” with red light, a reference to victims of gun violence. On the red carpet, she had walked with mothers of gun violence victims. Giuliani said,
“It’s a shame. It’s a shame…
You’re asking the wrong person [what they think of the performance] because I had five uncles who were police officers, two cousins who were – one who died in the line of duty. I ran the largest and best police department in the world, the New York City Police Department.
And I saved more black lives than any of those people you saw onstage by reducing crime – and particularly homicide – by 75 percent, of which maybe four or five thousand were African-American young people who are alive today because of the policies I put in effect that weren’t in effect for 35 years.
So if you’re going to do that, you also should symbolize why the police officers are in those neighborhoods…
And what are you going to do about that? And what are you doing about it? To me, it’s two easy answers: a much better education and a good job. And what the heck have you done?“
Fox & Friends co-host Brian Kilmeade agreed with Giuliani’s criticisms, saying,
“Beyoncé is an extremely popular and powerful performer, and when she does stuff like that, that message to the next generation is pretty indelible.“
Prior to the awards, Beyoncé brought out Lezley McSpadden, Gwen Carr, Wanda Johnson and Sybrina Fulton — the mothers of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Oscar Grant and Trayvon Martin to make a strong statement for Black Lives Matter.
Giuliani had previously criticized Beyoncé’s performance during the Super Bowl Halftime Show, which featured Black Panthers-inspired outfits and gestures and an on-field “X” formation to honor Malcolm X. Speaking to Fox News (where else?) the former New York mayor called the display
“a platform to attack police officers.“
He STILL doesn’t get it. White privilege is astounding. It even shouts over the protest of the murdered and the oppressed. I almost didn’t post this jackass’s comments but we can’t live in a bubble and ignore other positions. Gotta know what you are up against.
(via Rolling Stone)