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(White) People Are Planning An Anti-Beyonce Protest

You mad?

Beyonce's subversive Super Bowl performance has become the controversy du jour, with various conservative commentators coming down hard on Mrs. Carter. The reactionary response to the empowering messages of the performance will reach a fever pitch on February 16, with (white) protesters planning to rally against what they think of as "hate speech" (against whites).

The trouble started almost immediately after the performance itself, with prominent right wing politicians claiming that Bey's semiotics were anti-police. Here's former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani on the subject:

As the frothingly rabid claims of "reverse racism" (pro-tip: that's not a thing) heightened, various groups began to mobilize and plan actual demonstrations to fight the perceived slights against cops, white people, and general human decency (read: white people's sense of pride). The discontent has now coalesced into organized demonstrations being planned for next week. Here's what the official Event Brite page for the rally, to take place outside NFL headquarters in New York City, has to say on the subject:

"Are you offended as an American that Beyoncé pulled her race-baiting stunt at the Superbowl? Do you agree that it was a slap in the face to law enforcement? Do you agree that the Black Panthers was/is a hate group which should not be glorified? Come and let's stand together. Let's tell the NFL we don't want hate speech & racism at the Superbowl ever again!"

Instructions for the assembly are minimal: "Dress Code: WEAR BLUE! WEAR AS MUCH BLUE AS POSSIBLE! Avoid wearing black because there will likely be counter-protesters wearing all black attire."

Meanwhile, we're begging Queen Bey to not back down.


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