As the Super Bowl approached, it was no secret that folks were eagerly anticipating Beyoncé's performance. Joining Coldplay and Bruno Mars, Queen Bey even gifted fans with a new song called "Formation (Dirty)" a day before the big show.
But despite her post-performance tour announcement — which revealed she would donate money to help the people affected by the Flint water crisis — and "Formation" inspiring amazing choreography, the artist has been slammed for "race-baiting" lyrics, video, and halftime showcase.
The anti-Beyoncé rhetoric seems to stem from references that have been considered "unapologetically Black" throughout the three, including her dancers dressing like the controversial Black Panthers, her seeming supporting the Black Lives Matter movement, her use of the word "negro," and what some pundits claim is anti-police imagery.
Though it's questionable if the entire at-home audience absorbed all of these, understood all of the symbolism, even cared, or were even offended, or are just following their leaders and condemning the overall package and presentation as bad, it's brought on discussion of whether Beyoncé went too far and used her platform to "push" pro-Black ideals.
Not one to skip a beat, Saturday Night Live picked up where a monologue by The Daily Show's Jessica Williams left off: in it, she revealed that Beyoncé is and is proud of being — gasp! — Black.
Yes, it seems that after all these many years of dialogue, discussion, and debate about race (and yes, there is a difference between all three), some people still haven't learned that some cultural groups within the U.S. have different points of pride, experiences, and language, and are free to discuss them. It's OK to be proud and even make references to current political issues within one's speech and art, but it does not mean that being "pro-something" means they're automatically "anti-something else." Case in point: being pro-Black does not mean you're anti-White or anti-police.
This Saturday Night Life sketch addresses and comically points out things such as this, respecting that some differences do exist, but also serves as a vehicle to build and encourage understanding. And after watching, we all may find some commonality in laughter.