SNL mocks white people’s reaction to her new song – “Formation.”
Leave it to Saturday Night Live to call out the ludicrous antics of Beyoncé critics. The backlash following her Formation video release and Super Bowl performance reached a fever pitch with rumors of an anti-Beyoncé protest in front of NFL Headquarters.
In Formation, Beyonce sings about her heritage as an African American woman and that’s seemed to upset some right wing white people, who apparently were quite confused that she was in actual fact black.
Specifically, SNL doesn’t hold back in mocking the white right-wing critics who seemingly became upset about Beyonce addressing her African-American heritage on the track.
Her naysayers, who couldn’t find the time to protest police brutality or poisoned water in Flint, went so far as to compare the Black Panthers to the Ku Klux Klan. They even admonish Beyoncé for marrying rapper Jay Z because he sold drugs once in Brooklyn.
What follows is ‘The Day Beyonce Turned Black’, which plays out like the trailer to a disaster/ horror movie – as a group of middle class white folks suddenly become terrified at the realisation that Beyonce is black.
News reporters open the skit with headlines like, “Beyoncé embraces her black heritage.” Watching from her living room, a shocked white woman calls her husband to her side and drops the harrowing news: “I think Beyoncé is black.”
At the end it says the movie is rated NC-17 for white people and G for black people.
It is the latest SNL skit to skewer a hot racial topic. Last month the show was applauded for mocking the fury over #Oscarssowhite after the line-up of nominees, yet again, features no black talent.
Watch the video here:
Then watch the hilarious comedy spoof here after the outrage over the song here:
And it isn’t just Beyonce, Scandal actress Kerry Washington is also sensationally revealed as black in the hilarious video that perfectly parodies the ridiculousness of anyone being shocked by Queen Bey’s artistry.
Protesters are planning an anti- Beyonce rally outside the New York NFL headquarters following the singer’s politically charged Super Bowl performance.
The superstar and her back-up dancers paid homage to the Black Panthers in order to bring attention to the Black Lives Matter movement during the halftime show on Sunday.
Not everyone was on board with Beyonce making such a political statement, especially as it came just days after she dropped the controversial video for the song.
And some are so unimpressed they are now even planning to stage a protest next Tuesday.
An unnamed organiser has launched an Eventbrite page for a demonstration, writing: “Are you offended as an American that Beyoncé pulled her race-baiting stunt at the [Super Bowl]? Do you agree that it was a slap in the face to law enforcement?”
“Do you agree that the Black Panthers was/is a hate group which should not be glorified? … Let’s tell the NFL we don’t want hate speech & racism at the [Super Bowl] ever again!”
Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani also branded the performance “ridiculous” and “anti-police” after the set at the Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.
According to The Times newspaper, he said: “This is football, not Hollywood, and I thought it was really outrageous that she used it as a platform to attack police officers who are the people who protect her and protect us, and keep us alive.”
One Twitter user blasted: “What is the NFL thinking when they permit Beyonce to sing some race baiting rant at Super Bowl 50?”
A woman also wrote on Beyonce’s Facebook page: “As the wife of a police officer, I am offended by this entire video. Rise above and stay above the strife. For a girl who grew up in a privileged, wealthy family, she has no business pandering to those who didn’t.”
Meanwhile, others thought the performance for the Black Lives Matter Movement was incredible after the 34-year-old star was previously accused of shunning her black heritage.
One wrote on Twitter: “Beyoncé just gave America a Black history lesson this week. Black panthers, Hurricane Katrina, police brutality, Afro beauty…come on B!”
Another posted: “Beyoncé’s dancers paying homage to the Black Panthers at the Superbowl wins Black History Month. # SB50.”
Her new song is thought to be a rallying cry for the movement and Bey’s mum Tina Knowles also shared pics of her with the dancers giving the black power salute.
Beyonce’s politically-charged music video features graffiti reading ‘stop shooting us’ with white police lining up against a black youngster.
Other scenes show Bey in a flooded New Orleans, after George Bush was accused of ‘not caring about black people’ following Hurricane Katrina as he failed to get relief aid to people quick enough.
Lyrics include: “You might just be a black Bill Gates in the making, cause I slay .I might just be a black Bill Gates in the making, cause I slay.”
Formation is Bey’s first since her Beyoncé: Platinum Edition was released in November 2014.
(Excerpts from metro, Mirror, Daily mail and CNN)