After Beyoncé’s anti-cop shenanigans with her new song “Formation” and her Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show, which was basically a tribute to the Black Panthers, police have had enough. Now, the Tampa Police Department has sent her a message, and it was a bold slap to the face of the race-baiting, cop-hating celebrity. However, it’s safe to say, many Americans are going to love it.
Beyoncé is scheduled to perform in concert in Tampa, but she’s run into quite the problem after she seems to have officially pissed off law enforcement across the country with the racist and anti-cop rhetoric that she so strongly promotes.
With such a large public venue, it’s typical to have off-duty law enforcement officers agree to work concerts and sporting events for some extra income. However, Tampa Police Department officers are sending Beyoncé a strong message in more ways than one. Apparently, they can’t be bought and aren’t going to put themselves at risk for the Black Lives Matter supporter, who is in all reality promoting violence against police.
The request to work her upcoming Tampa concert at Raymond James Stadium on April 29 is blank, meaning not even one officer has agreed to do it. These guys and gals deserve a round of applause for standing up for Blue Lives.
With the concert expect to be a sold-out show, this really puts a wrench in things for Beyoncé. To have such a large event unstaffed by uniformed officers is a huge security risk to both Beyoncé and her fans. You reap what you sow.
According to Fox 13, Tampa Police Department spokesperson Steve Hegarty was unable to say whether the lack of names on the list revealed officers’ feelings about Beyoncé or the recent controversy surrounding her music and the Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show. However, I think anyone with an ounce of common sense knows the answer.
Unfortunately, the lack of volunteers to work the event isn’t likely to prevent it from happening. It seems “leaders” are willing to put officers in harm’s way by forcing them to be present at the event, sure to be filled with more cop bashing from Beyoncé and crew.
“We’re going to staff it because we have a responsibility to do that regardless of how controversial it might be, who the artist might be, or the politician might be,” Hegarty explained. “This is a couple of months away, so we’ve still got plenty of time to fill those slots.”
It’s unclear whether Tampa Police will force off-duty officers to work the event or if officers already on duty that night could be reassigned to cover the concert. The latter should add even more concern for the public, as the community could then be short-staffed as the officers on duty are instead being subjected to working the hate-filled venue, rather than patrolling the streets.
Beyoncé isn’t the first person to cause such a rift with law enforcement. According to police officials, there have been other instances where officers didn’t want to work an event featuring a controversial politician or celebrity. However, the department has been able to make sure enough officers cover the venue before the event each time this has happened, they told Fox 13.
I think they are missing the obvious problem with Beyoncé’s concert when compared to other controversial celebrities and politicians. Beyoncé is facilitating a movement that is calling for violence against officers. It’s more than controversial, it’s hate speech and bordering terroristic threats. Beyoncé and husband Jay Z have shown their unending support for the Black Lives Matter movement with a donation of $1.5 million to the hate group, who protests against police with chants such as “Pigs in a blanket, fry ’em like bacon.” It’s not a far-fetched idea to think that concertgoers, fueled by the message they are sure to receive during the concert, could inflict harm on an officer working the event.
The police officer backlash against Beyoncé is nothing new. Across the nation, law enforcement officers have spoken against her “Formation” music video, set in New Orleans and featuring a wall that reads “Stop shooting us.” The video also shows Beyoncé on top of a sinking police cruiser, and although the star sinks into the flood waters at the end, her negative narrative about our boys (and girls) in blue didn’t go down with her.
If the hypocrite and her followers want to hate on police, they are within their rights to do so. However, if they have such a dislike for law enforcement, they shouldn’t be calling upon them to keep their event safe. Besides, according to them, police are their greatest threat, not each other. I say we give them all the safety they need by keeping the allegedly racist police, who they insist are out to do them harm, as far away as possible. Then, let’s just see what happens.
Since that’s not likely to unfold, we need to keep the Tampa Police officers, who end up unfortunate enough to be forced into this event, in our prayers. It’s likely that someone wanting to scream racism will attempt to provoke an incident, and that could turn extremely ugly very quickly.