Former New York City mayor and failed Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani spoke to Fox News Monday about the performance, which since airing has drawn criticism from some quarters for a perceived Black Panther salute and homage. (A rep for the singer declined to comment to Billboard about Guiliani’s remarks.)
“I think it was outrageous,” Giuliani said on Fox News Monday about Beyonce’s performance. “The halftime show I thought was ridiculous anyway. I don’t know what the heck it was. A bunch of people bouncing around and all strange things. It was terrible.”
“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,” he continued. “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….let’s have decent, wholesome entertainment.”
The halftime performance ended with the crowd spelling out the phrase “Believe in Love!,” a message Guiliani may or may not have seen.