When Beyonce performed “Formation” during this year’s Super Bowl 50 halftime show, the singer was accused by police group, Miami Fraternal Order of Police, of spreading an anti-police message with their clothing and raised fists—similar to the 1970s Black Panthers. The police group threatened to boycott Beyonce’s concert when the tour began in Miami on April 27.
“The fact that Beyoncé used this year’s Super Bowl to divide Americans by promoting the Black Panthers and her anti-police message shows how she does not support law enforcement,” read the group’s statement released in February. “We ask all law enforcement labor organizations to join our boycott across the country and to boycott all of her concerts.”
The boycott of Beyonce’s concert did not materialize and was instead “fully staffed,” confirmed Miami Police Department spokesman Officer Ernest Lawrence.
Apparently, the “Halo” singer is looking to capitalize on the failed attempt of the police group. The singer is selling ‘Boycott Beyonce’ merchandise at her sold-out concert.
Beyoncé will be selling “Boycott Beyoncé” T-shirts and phone cases on ‘The Formation World Tour’ pic.twitter.com/c2feAcCpDn
— Music News & Facts (@musicnews_facts) April 27, 2016
— Beyoncé Family (@BeyonceFamily) April 27, 2016
In a rare interview with Elle, Beyonce addressed the controversy that surrounded her Super Bowl 50 performance.
“Anyone who perceives my message as anti-police is completely mistaken. I have so much admiration and respect for officers and the families of officers who sacrifice themselves to keep us safe. But let’s be clear: I am against police brutality and injustice,” said the 34-year-old Texas native.
“Those are two separate things. If celebrating my roots and culture during Black History Month made anyone uncomfortable, those feelings were there long before a video and long before me. I’m proud of what we created and I’m proud to be a part of a conversation that is pushing things forward in a positive way.”