The so-called Anti-Beyonce Protest Rally outside of the NFL’s New York headquarters on Tuesday was, unsurprisingly, a flop.
“All two of Beyonce’s haters” arrived to protest, reports New York Magazine. Various outlets who turned out on the scene report that the number of Beyonce supporters far outnumbered anyone who was there to protest the “Formation” singer’s Black Panther invocation during her Super Bowl performance, which drew some criticism (particularly from conservative commentators) that doing so was an insult to the police.
A Cut reporter noted that for a while, the only protestor onsite was a “middle-aged white guy wearing a New York Giants jacket and a newsboy cap,” who was eventually joined by a man who identified as a Ted Cruz supporter, and later a woman wearing a hat that said “POLICE.”
Naturally, some of Bey’s supporters couldn’t help but revel in the numbers.
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Meanwhile, a local sheriff in Tennessee blamed Beyonce for the shots he heard fired in the night outside his house on Monday. Citing a new statistic that there has been an unusual spike in law enforcement fatalities in 2016, Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold suggested the Super Bowl halftime performance might be at the root of the uptick in violence.
During a press conference Tuesday morning he went so far as to say, “I think we’ve lost five to seven officers. Five deputy chairs since Sunday’s Super Bowl. You know that’s what I’m thinking, you know, here’s another target on law enforcement…Well you have Beyonce’s video and how that’s kind of bled over into other things it seems like about law enforcement.”
Will these kinds of attacks force the Beyhive into a protest formation of their own?