The backlash for Beyonce’s Super Bowl halftime performance of her new song “Formation” — which critics say contains an anti-cop message — continues. Since the show, police, politicians and erstwhile fans have been speaking out against the controversial performance.
And now, it appears some cops are registering their displeasure with the star in a very tangible, practical way. In response to a call for officers to work Beyonce’s sold-out April 29th concert in Tampa, Florida, no cops have signed up.
Via The Blaze:
Usually off-duty officers sign up to work concerts and sporting events for extra cash, but to date no officers have signed up for the show, WTVT-TV reported. And given it’s expected to sell out, that could be a security issue.
While police spokesman Steve Hegarty couldn’t tell the station if zero sign-ups means local cops are angry with Beyonce, he did say the show would have security.
“We’re going to staff it because we have a responsibility to do that regardless of how controversial it might be, who the artist might be, or the politician might be,” Hegarty told the station. “This is a couple of months away, so we’ve still got plenty of time to fill those slots.”
It isn’t clear how police will take care of security if the lack of sign-ups continues, but officials in the department told WTVT the scenario is nothing new — and that in the past, if a controversial artist is due in town to perform, Tampa’s police always have shown up to do their jobs.
The music video for “Formation” was set in New Orleans and showed a sign that reads “Stop shooting us” along with Beyonce standing atop a police cruiser sinking in floodwater.
You may recall that Beyonce arrived at the Super Bowl with a police escort so she didn’t have to sit in pesky game-day traffic.
— Stephen Stock (@StephenStockTV) February 7, 2016
Apparently, she feels entitled to special police service even as she’s setting out to slam them in the most high-profile way possible. Apparently, however, the Tampa police may feel differently. Even with the offer of extra cash in their pockets, these cops are opting out.
Perhaps the Black Panthers can step in?
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]