Monday, August 29, 2016

Beyoncé VMA Performance vs. Rudy Giuliani on Fox & Friends

Beyonce at 2016 MTV VMA Awards

Beyoncé performed at the 2016 VMA Awards. She had controversial undertones in her performance, with dancers circling around her, and one by one fell to the ground as red lights pulsated beneath them. People analyzing this say that this performance represents police brutality in the U.S. However, the Black Lives Matter movement is making the race problem worse in America. The attack in Akron, Ohio is just one example of how it has gotten out of hand. Read about it here.

Rudy Giuliani on Fox & Friends

Rudy Giuliani was not amused on Fox & Friends. He said this of the video clip of the Beyoncé performance:
"You're asking the wrong person...because I have fun uncles who were police officers, two cousins who were, one who died in the line of duty. I ran the largest and best police department in the world: The New York City Police Department, and I save more black lives than any of those people you saw on stage by reducing crime and particularly homicide by 75% of which, may four or five thousand were African-American young people who are alive today because of the policies I put in effect that weren't in effect for 35 years."
Read more about the Rudy Giuliani response in this article.

1 comment:

Paul L said...

I doubt most people actually got the political undertones in Beyonce's performance. I suspect most of the time such subtleties are lost on people other than intellectuals and the media. Beyonce' may indeed have intended to capitalize on the recent troubles in America concerning the Black Lives Matter movement and the thin Blue line of the police. Artists often do try to make their work relevant or transcendent. I'm not sure what her work actually shows for most of her viewers, though, but I suspect people are not generally watching her performances or buying her videos and CDs for the political messages.
On the other hand, I do think Giuliani's policing policies saved lives, whether those lives were African-American, Irish-American, English-American, Hispanic-American, Italian-American, or one of the many other ethnicities in New York City. Policing is about protecting and serving the whole populace of a place.

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