Rainbows and #BlackLivesMatter at Super Bowl 50

Why exactly are some Americans up in arms over the Super Bowl 50 halftime show? Why is water wet?

Did you watch the Super Bowl? Did you see the halftime show? With Coldplay and their rainbows and Chris Martin’s shirt and “Believe in love?” Did you see Beyonce? Did you see the black berets her dancers wore in tribute to the original Black Panthers and how Beyonce and her dancers formed an “X” in homage to Malcolm X and the sign her dancers held up with “Justice for Mario Woods” written on it and the black power salute? Are you aware that this is huge and amazing and incredibly powerful and that conservatives, this very morning, are completely losing their minds because ermahgerd gay marriage and brown-skinned people and boycott everything?

Beyonce dropped “Formation” less than 36 hours before her awe-inspiring Super Bowl performance. As a white woman, this article is the best representation of how I feel about “Formation,” so please read it. Because it doesn’t include me. “Formation” is a brutally honest, visually stunning video, and it’s not about me or you or any white folks. It’s about being black in a country that still views black people as less-than. It’s about what happened in New Orleans, it’s about dead black children and dead black men and dead black women. It’s about black girls being the next “black Bill Gates.” It’s about power and truth and brutality and racism and it’s gorgeous.




The rainbows and the “Believe in love” placards are proof we are in a new era of acceptance. This was the Super Bowl, kids, and bam, support for marriage equality. And Beyonce? Oh I can’t even right now. Fiercely perfect, and we can tell that it was fiercely perfect because he who should never ever talk about race, Rudy Giuliani, went on Fox to bitch about it:

This is football, not Hollywood, and I thought it was really outrageous that she used it as a platform to attack police officers who are the people who protect her and protect us, and keep us alive. And what we should be doing in the African-American community, and all communities, is build up respect for police officers. And focus on the fact that when something does go wrong, okay. We’ll work on that. But the vast majority of police officers risk their lives to keep us safe.

People who haven’t listened to Beyonce ever since she left Destiny’s Child and even then they only listened on the radio are boycotting Beyonce. People who always say “#AllLivesMatter!” whenever they see or hear #BlackLivesMatter. People who think Tamir Rice and Sandra Bland and Mario Woods and Trayvon Martin got what they deserved. People who support the yahoos out in Oregon but would call for their immediate execution if those yahoos were brown or black. People who call black men thugs while joining in riots because their sports team won/lost. Oh shit, my bad, those people were “celebrating.”

And my favorite clickbait Christian, Joshua Feuerstein, has a 2-minute video/rant/spit take on his Facebook page about how the “GAY HALF TIME” is “SATAN” and the End Times. Josh, drink a Starbucks latte, shoot your guns, and leave the cognitive thought processes to the rest of us, mkay?

It was a great halftime show, made even greater by the rivers of Conservative Tears™. Rainbows and #BlackLivesMatter. Hell yes.

Catch the halftime performance here, in the link below courtesy of JustJared.com:

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