Took 45 minutes to get all dressed up, and they ain't even gonna make it to this protest?
People who didn't approve of Beyonce's unapologetically black performance of "Formation" during the Super Bowl this year were supposed to protest outside the NFL headquarters in New York City on Tuesday morning. The media latched onto the "Anti-Beyonce Protest Rally" posted to Eventbrite, during which people were supposed to demonstrate against Black Lives Matter, the Black Panthers and Queen Bey's "race-baiting stunt" during the big game. OK, we also took the bait.
But the haterade was not to be drunk on this day. Police showed up to keep an eye on the event, the BeyHive showed up to protest the protesters, and... that's about it. It appeared that few, if any, came to protest Beyonce's performance, and the person who organized the rally was nowhere to be seen.
In any case, the hype surrounding the protest was unsubstantiated.
Proud of the Blues, the group ostensibly behind the protest, may not have even existed when the Eventbrite page went up and started gaining attention, The Daily Beast notes. The organization did not immediately return The Huffington Post's requests for comment.
Beyonce dropped her latest track, "Formation" the day before she joined Coldplay and Bruno Mars on the Super Bowl halftime show stage. Many people praised the video and Bey's performance -- which featured dancers in Black Panther-inspired outfits -- for its frank take on police brutality, black womanhood and what happened in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.
But Internet comments were quick to speak out against it, and started using hashtags like #BoycottBeyonce. Apparently, getting those dissenters to brave a rainy Tuesday in New York isn't as easy as getting them to retweet.