This is getting ridiculous.
While we totally LOVED Beyoncé's performance in the Super Bowl halftime show, some people were not fans of her message — in particular the homage the singer paid to the Black Panthers while performing Formation.
But one Detroit police sergeant sparked an internal investigation after comparing the performance to the Ku Klux Klan!
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The sergeant shared a post on his Facebook that compared a photo of Bey's back up dancers — who many have speculated were styled to resemble the Black Panther Party in honor of the group's 50th anniversary — to the KKK:
Above the photo, the caption read:
"If the dance troupe at the top is okay for this year's half-time show, then the one at a bottom should be okay for next year, right?"
Chief of Police James Craig says he received calls from employees throughout the department who were "troubled" by the post, adding:
"Certainly this does not and shouldn't represent our police officers."
Though Craig says the post has been retracted and the officer issued an apology, he asserted that the original post was intolerable, continuing:
"We work in a city that's certainly well over 80 percent African-American and to post something that has to do with a hate group like the Ku Klux Klan is problematic."
Apparently, people are so stuck on the fact that Bey paid homage to the Black Panthers, they are overlooking the fact that the entire halftime show with Coldplay and Bruno Mars was all about promoting equality!
What did YOU think of the polarizing performance?
[Image via Fox 2/CBS.]
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