The growing dissent among law enforcement groups aimed at Beyoncécontinues to mount, this after a police union in Miami, Fla. voted to boycott the singer’s upcoming concert in the city. The Miami Fraternal Order of Police claims that the entertainer’s recent “Formation” video and Super Bowl 50 halftime performance promotes an anti-police message, reports Huffington Post.
Javier Ortiz, the president of the #20 Lodge of the Miami F.O.P., issued a press release explaining the position he and the officers in the union are taking with their boycott. Ortiz says that while he “mistakenly” saw the “Formation” video, which depicts images of a sinking police car and the singer sprawled atop its roof, he admits to not watching the Super Bowl performance.
“The Miami Fraternal Order of Police has voted to have all law enforcement officers boycott Beyoncé’s concert which is being held at the Miami Marlins Stadium on Wednesday, April 26, 2016,” Ortiz said in a statement. “The fact that Beyoncé used this year’s Super Bowl to divide Americans by promoting the Black Panthers and her antipolice message shows how she does not support law enforcement.” The organization urged other law enforcement agencies around the country to do the same.
The union, which represents 1,100 officers, adds to a growing cacophony of outrage. Some observers have noted that the robust response by some over Beyoncé’s video and performance is misguided at best. Coupled with the recent failed protest of the singer in New York, there appears to be a grasping of straws among detractors to get others to rally around the cause.