Pop music superstar Beyonce has a concert scheduled May 31 in Pittsburgh, but she may find it difficult to procure security for the event.
That’s apparently because many of the police who’ve been asked to work the concert have voiced opposition in being forced to do so. They have reportedly cited Beyonce’s latest album as being anti-police behind their reasoning.
The problem has been a recurring one for the pop star ever since the release of her latest album Lemonade. And after her half-time show at this year’s Super Bowl — depicting her dancers being dressed in Black Panther Party attire with fists raised in the formation of an “X” in honor of Malcolm X — police departments have resisted providing services to the pop star.
Lyrics and images from her song and music video Formation have been understandably criticized for being anti-cop. Scenes from the video depicted the police as aggressors, and accuse them of killing innocent civilians, among other anti-police themes.
While the superstar sensation denies being anti-police, critics say her actions speak otherwise. Robert Swartzwelder of the Fraternal Order of the Police Lodge No. 1 told Fox News, “There are police officers that have expressed that they do not want to support an artist that they don’t like what she has to say…It’s up to them what they want to do with their off-duty time.”
Beyonce’s tour is responsible for providing security at concerts. Typically, off-duty police officers will work private events for a contracted fee, but the tour may be having a difficult time finding officers willing to defend her freedom to criticize local law enforcement.
As Western Journalism reported in February, Tampa police also expressed similar disapproval of Beyonce’s anti-police themes and did not rush to sign up for off-duty pay for providing security. Likewise, the Miami Fraternal Order of Police, citing her half-time performance, called for a boycott at a Beyonce concert earlier this year, according to Fox News.
h/t: Business Insider