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originally posted by: Rocker2013
a reply to: UnBreakable
For a start, none of you (and no police officers either) should have any right to police art, or hold it to ransom, or block it, or prevent it, just because it says something you personally find uncomfortable or disagreeable.
originally posted by: theantediluvian
a reply to: pteridine
I think it is more about personal safety when she gets the crowd excited and all those targets in blue are standing there.
No, cops around the country have been butt hurt since the Super Bowl half-time show. FOP heads and the like have been calling for a boycott of Beyonce, there was a protest outside of the NFL headquarters etc.
She can afford private security as she is hosing her fans out of many bucks to see her jiggle about in person.
The promoter/venue pays for the cost of security whether or not that security includes off duty cops. So that's not really an issue.
If she does incite violence with her lyrics, will she be held responsible?
Setting aside the fact that unless she actually told people to kill cops, she wouldn't be inciting anything (this is well tread ground, not least of which when NWA released 'F*** Tha Police'), there are no actual anti-cop lyrics in the song (entitled 'Formation').
What they were pissed about:
1. Imagery in the video including Beyonce on top of a cop car that is in water up to the doors in what is supposed to be Katrina flooded New Orleans and a young black kid dancing in front of a line of cops in riot gear briefly with graffiti on the wall that says, "Please stop shooting us."
2. Her dancers in the half-time show were wearing black berets which is seen as a nod to militants, specifically in this case, the original Black Panthers.
This is all in the context of a song where she says "negro" 2-3 times.
It's not about personal security.
Tennessee Sheriff Blames Beyoncé's Super Bowl Halftime Show for Shootings
During a news conference about the incident Tuesday, Arnold floated the possibility that Beyoncé's politically charged performances of late may have instigated the shooter in a time when police shootings across the country are closely watched.
"With everything that's happened since the Super Bowl, and with law enforcement as a whole. I think we've lost five to seven officers, five deputies, sheriffs since the Super Bowl," Arnold told reporters. "Here's another target on law enforcement."
Like I said, it's the literal "PC Police" in action.
You do understand that exercising your first amendment rights is fine--expecting zero negative reaction to doing so is living in Care-A-Lot with the Care Bears, right?
originally posted by: Esoterotica
Anyone who willingly goes to a Beyoncé concert doesn't deserve security or protection.
Since when is not taking an overtime shift impacting anybody's free speech rights? Whatever the motivation is to not take an overtime contract is completely moot.
It's a choice.
Not volunteering to do security for a concert is one thing but if these men and women can't set aside their personal feelings while performing their sworn duties, then it's a very serious problem indeed