Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) took issue with pop singer Beyoncé's performance at the half time show for Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara, Calif., calling her performance “anti-police” on Monday.
In a Facebook post, the New York Congressman condemned Beyoncé's lyrics about the Black Lives Matter movement and various police shootings, including “criminal” Michael Brown:
The post, in its entirety, reads:
“Beyoncé may be a gifted entertainer but no one should really care what she thinks about any serious issue confronting our nation. But the mainstream media's acceptance of her pro-Black Panther and anti-cop video ”Formation" and her Super Bowl appearance is just one more example of how acceptable it has become to be anti-police when it is the men and women in blue who put their lives on the line for all of us and deserve our strong support.
Not unexpectedly, the video makes the ritualistic reference to Michael Brown and Ferguson, Missouri by featuring a scene of innocent people with their hands raised high above their heads in surrender. This fable of an innocent Michael Brown being murdered by police while attempting to surrender, which dominated the airwaves for months in 2014, has been thoroughly discredited. In simple language it was and is a lie from beginning to end.
Michael Brown was a criminal who had robbed a convenience store and then attempted to kill Police Officer Darren Wilson. Michael Brown never raised his hands above his head and never tried to surrender. He was killed in self-defense by Officer Wilson after Brown first attempted to take the officer's weapon away and then charged at him. Officer Wilson was exonerated not just by a local prosecutor but by the Justice Department of Eric Holder and President Obama. Officer Wilson should be praised, not condemned, for his courageous action against a dangerous criminal.
Yet the big lie continues by Black Lives Matter, by pandering politicians and now by Beyoncé who gets star billing at the Super Bowl.
Maybe it's because I've attended too many police funerals and because my father proudly served in the NYPD for more than 30 years but I strongly believe that this false and irresponsible narrative of police violence premised on lies and distortion endangers police officer lives, such as NYPD Officers Liu and Ramos, and is extremely damaging to our nation and to people of all races and backgrounds. For example, no organization has done more to save innocent black lives than the NYPD."
King, who represents New York's 3rd congressional district, currently sits on the House Committee on Homeland Security and is known for his outspoken personality and neoconservative politics, but it appears his opinions extend to popular culture as well.