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Anti-Beyonce Protesters Outnumbered By Pro-Beyonce Supporters at NY Demonstration

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Scenes from the anti-Beyoncé protest. Konstantin Sergeyev/New York

Some people are still upset over Beyoncé’s halftime performance at the Super Bowl. According to several news reports, a mysterious online group called Proud of the Blues organized an anti-Beyoncé rally in front of NFL headquarters in Manhattan. Unfortunately hardly anyone showed up.

According to New York’s The Cut, there were more pro-Beyoncé supporters, media and police present at the anti-Beyoncé rally. About three pro-police and anti-Beyoncé supporters eventually showed up, said The Cut. They were outnumbered by pro-Beyoncé supporters. CBS New York estimated the pro-Beyoncé demonstrators at about three dozen.

Spencer Jones, a pro-Beyoncé demonstrator, said he was disappointed hardly anyone from their opposition showed up.

“I’m disappointed,” said Jones, according to CBS New York. “I really wanted to talk to them and hear their side. I’m not sure why they’re not here, I am kind of sad about that, but I still think coming out here was worth it.”

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An anti-Beyonce protester. Konstantin Sergeyev/New York

According to The Daily Beast, Mary Pryor, a co-creator of Black Girl Rising, the group that organized the pro-Beyoncé rally, said there is an online battle going on between pro-Beyoncé supporters and the Proud of the Blues group.

“They have infiltrated our communications,” said Pryor. “They’re watching us on social media. So, unfortunately, we’re paying attention to what they’re doing just like they are with us. We’re keeping certain things privatized until they happen. We’re not even releasing additional details on our location and it might change tomorrow. That’s how we have to operate.”

However, The Daily Beast called into question the authenticity of Proud of the Blues. The group has a minimal social media presence and a WordPress-based website which uses the url POTB.cf. The suffix cf is assigned to the Central African Republic where domains can be registered for free. Proud of the Blues has also sent messages from free Gmail accounts. The Daily Beast said the site might be linked to Donald Trump supporters because it recently posted messages such as “Take back our country! USA #MakeAmericaGreatAgain #Trump2016 #Trump #AllLivesMatter #BlueLivesMatter #BoycottBeyonce.”

Beyoncé was lambasted by right-wing commentators for her Super Bowl performance of “Formation,” which included dancers in Black Panthers-style outfits and references to police violence.

Several commentators compared the Black Panthers to the Ku Klux Klan.

“I found the entire show objectionable, was extolling the Black Panthers, who were a terrorist organization killing police officers in the 60s and 70s,” said Rep. Peter King.

But a recent Atlanta Blackstar report says comparing the Black Panthers to the KKK is inaccurate. The Black Panthers’ manifesto never sanctioned violence against innocent white people, while the KKK has been torturing, killing and bombing Black people for more than a century.

However, Beyoncé remains unrepentant for her performance.

“Art is the unapologetic celebration of culture through self-expression,”  Beyoncé said during a speech at the Grammys.

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6 thoughts on “Anti-Beyonce Protesters Outnumbered By Pro-Beyonce Supporters at NY Demonstration

  1. Black pride always intimidates white people. Because once you have pride within yourself it is extremely difficult to manipulate and abuse you.

  2. Hamadi Walls says:

    Now black people are beginning to use their influence, power and visibility to support and advocate for black people. Long time coming and makes me proud, following on the footsteps of few who have tried and floundered. No more Oprah Winfrey's who think they have to cater to white people's sensibilities to remain relevant and popular, regardless of how much money they have. The black community must let them know in no uncertain terms that we have their backs.

  3. Shawn Mc says:

    it wont do a damn thing, you have less black kids in the science,engineering,technology and math fields, thats the future yet we tend to huddle around damn entertainers like they are our saviours.

    those people are rich and the majority of black folks will be decades behind other groups in the near future

  4. Shawn Mc says:

    nobody give a damn about black folks, we are so obsessed with entertainers like they could actually do something.

    research how many black kids are in the science,engineering,technology and math fields or even graduated, how about black boysdropping out of school rate or the high unemployment,

    nobody gives a damn

  5. Ok, lets not act like "black folk" arent already "decades" behind. Matter of fact, we're literally GENERATIONS behind, and thats not by our own doing. But I digress…

    Geniuine Question: Having "less" black kids in science/engineering/tech/math fields (which ironically, I have black friends that represent ALL of those fields of study) affects the social perception of the black community in what way exactly?

    And what negative affect does black entertainers have on our community? Are you implying that we need more scientists & engineers over singers & rappers? Im inclined to agree, now tell that to state/city govts who allocates more resources (better teachers, education programs, TEXTBOOKS, etc) to predominantly white schools over black ones, oh, Im sorry, I meant "low income schools".

    You try to make it sound like such an easy fix, but I can assure you, you're not the only one making such inaccurate assumptions. Lets act like black kids being involved in these fields are the end-all-be-all of the black community. You want more black kids in the science/engineering/tech/math fields? Provide them the opportunities (and resources) to develop a genuine interest and appetite for it.

    I can go on, but I rather not. Just know that your perspective has quite a few holes in it.

  6. It seems someone missed the ENTIRE POINT of Aaric's post…

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