Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani was not happy. This is what he said criticizing the popular singer: "Let's have, you know, decent wholesome entertainment, and not use it as a platform to attack the people who, you know, put their lives at risk to save us."
This particular article does not make it very clear how Beyonce showed disrespect to the police in general. Based on the description provided here her message read more like "justice for Black people mistreated by the police" and not "all police officers are horrible monsters." If I am wrong, please correct me. Of course, it deliberately drew people's attention to police mistreatment of Black people (which, I might add, is widely documented). So is this what angered Mr. Giuliani so much? Is it a topic that we should not publicly discuss? Umm, sorry but I disagree.
Also, what is this thing about wholesome entertainment free from politics? Any entertainment has some cultural messages embedded in it, values and such. Let's not ignore this. In my experience (which, by definition, is limited) when people say "Let's not have values in this media message, let's make it neutral," they usually mean (often without understanding this) "Let's not have values *that I do not embrace* in this media message." Even the seemingly most innocuous and politics-free children's cartoon has value embedded it it because everybody has values and when we create a media message they crawl into it, whether we want it or not.
So let's see in which direction this shitstorm goes...
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