Since its release on February 6, Beyoncé's latest single "Formation" has become a cultural phenomenon that only gained more attention after she performed it at the Super Bowl halftime show the next day. The track and its visuals, including said halftime performance, draw attention to the struggles faced by the African-American community, with references to Hurricane Katrina, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the Black Panther Party. The performance sparked a negative reaction with some, including former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, who believe she was making an anti-police statement. And the conversation doesn't look like it's going to end anytime soon, as a #BoycottBeyoncé protest is expected to take place outside the NFL headquarters in New York on February 16. But, Andy Cohen wonders what music the protestors will blast given their stout anti-Queen Bey stance?
“What are they going to play at the protests? They can’t play Beyoncé, so the music is going to suck," he told The Cut. He also noted that their are probably more important causes in the world that people should be upset about.
“It’s really stupid. People should get a life,” he added. “You should protest that there’s no cure for AIDS, or that someone’s trying to overturn gay marriage. But you’re going to protest Beyoncé’s Super Bowl halftime show? Protest the Black Eyed Peas’ halftime show. That was horrible."
Andy's not the only Bravoleb who has stood by Beyoncé in the wake of all the controversy. The Real Housewives of Atlanta, including Kandi Burruss (who has worked with Beyoncé in the past) and NeNe Leakes, have also showed her their support.
Phaedra Parks further elaborated on why her performance was particularly important. "During Sunday's #SuperBowl @beyonce paid homage to these brave women who sacrificed so that people of color could be seen and treated equally. Thank you @beyonce for being courageous enough to recognize and celebrate the 50th anniversary of this historical movement," she wrote on Instagram. Check out her full statement below.
Need more Beyoncé? Find out what tea her stylist Ty Hunter spilled about her new music when he bartended on Watch What Happens Live earlier this week.