Beyonce: You Know You That B***h When You Cause All This Conversation

Beyonce dropped her new single, Formation, just 24 hours before her Superbowl halftime performance. Someone tell Kim that this is what “breaking the internet” looks like.

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There’s a lot of “thoughts” (read: memes) going around throwing their 2 cents in on Beyonce’s halftime performance and her new single, Formation.

The controversy actually centers around two separate events: the video for Formation and the halftime show itself.

The video is an expression of black pride. It’s Beyonce’s explanation of her heritage and how that affects how she walks through life (or dances or slays or sings or reigns). It’s also a call for black women to “get in formation,” to be themselves and to own that identity in a culture that typically doesn’t leave space for black people, let alone women. It’s also noteworthy that there is a controversial shot of white police putting their hands up in a nod to the #blacklivesmatter movement and “hands up, don’t shoot.” This comes just before a wide shot of graffiti reading, “stop killing us.”

The halftime show was similarly politically loaded. The show began with an all black female dance ensemble that were dressed in costumes that were a pretty obvious nod to the Black Panther Party of Self Defense. A piece of choreography also had the ensemble throw their fists up in the air in another nod to the Black Panther movement.

And the internet is up in arms. The right has some things to say, the left has some things to say. Black Americans have some things to say, White Americans have some things to say. Americans and the rest of the world have some things to say.

And because of facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and reddit, most people are talking with bumper sticker slogans and memes. I’m not mad about it. This is how conversations start. And one thing everyone can agree on is Beyonce was right, “you know you that b***h when you cause all this conversation.”

Here’s what BOTH SIDES are reblogging:

It's a sad day when Lady GaGa has more class than Beyoncé. #BoycottBeyonce

Posted by Boycott Beyoncé on Monday, February 8, 2016

Source: Boycott Beyonce (Facebook)

Hmmm… Is that right? #UnapologeticallyBlack

Posted by Unapologetically Black on Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Source: Unapologetically Black (Facebook)


Posted by Boycott Beyoncé on Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Source: Boycott Beyonce (Facebook)

Source: Twitter

Make this go viral! #BoycottBeyonce

Posted by Boycott Beyoncé on Monday, February 8, 2016

Source: Fox News

Source: Twitter

Source: Facebook

And then there’s this super relevant and important point:

Source: Instagram

So where does everyone fall? Drop us a comment. We want to hear your voice.

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Sam Ferrante is a poet, editor, facilitator, and writer born on Long Island, college-fed in Western New York and Paris, and then poetically raised in Buffalo, NY; Ireland; and Australia. A former member of the Pure Ink Poetry team in Buffalo and a regular competitor in Dublin's Slam Sunday, Sam was a Co-Creative Producer at Melbourne-based Slamalamadingdong in addition to serving on the Melbourne Spoken Word Committee. Sam has been published in Ghost City Press, Blowing Raspberries, and The Dirty Thirty Anthology and has been featured at The Owl & Cat Session, La Mama Poetica, Girls on Key, and White Night 2016 among others. Her debut book of poetry, Pick Me Up, got rave reviews from her Mom. She is currently the Editor of CrowdInk.