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Singer accused of promoting racism, damaging police image

Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani branded Beyonce's Super Bowl 50 performance as "ridiculous" and "anti-police" after the set at the Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California.

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Beyonce is currently at the center of a race row after her fierce all-black performance at the Super Bowl 50 Halftime show on Sunday, February 7.

The chart-topping star, who joined the likes of Coldplay and Bruno Mars for the halftime show, performed her new single 'Formation' with backing dancers dressed like the activists from the Black Panthers, while also giving a nod to Malcolm X.

Some viewers were less than impressed with her making such a political statement, after also dropping her controversial video for the song. Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani branded it "ridiculous" and "anti-police" after the set at the Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California.

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"This is football, not Hollywood, and I thought it was really outrageous that she used it as a platform to attack police officers who are the people who protect her and protect us, and keep us alive," Giuliani told The Times newspaper.

One Twitter user blasted: "What is the NFL thinking when they permit Beyonce to sing some race baiting rant at Super Bowl 50?"

Another  wrote on Beyoncé's Facebook page: "As the wife of a police officer, I am offended by this entire video. Rise above and stay above the strife. For a girl who grew up in a privileged, wealthy family, she has no business pandering to those who didn't."

Meanwhile, others thought the performance for the Black Lives Matter Movement was incredible after the 34-year-old star was previously accused of shunning her black heritage and staying silent when Black entertainers were voicing out about the #Oscarsowhite issue few weeks ago.

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One wrote on Twitter: "Beyoncé just gave America a Black history lesson this week. Black panthers, Hurricane Katrina, police brutality, Afro beauty...come on B!"

Check out Beyonce's new video 'Formation' below:

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