Beyonce's Controversy Analysis

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Chelsea Jackson Chapter #9 Application Assignment Beyonce has been surrounded in controversy in the last few months, but she is no stranger to controversy. In 2013, Beyonce sampled the audio tapings of the Challenger explosion and faced backlash from the media. Family member’s, colleagues, and friends have commented on Beyonce’s choice in featuring the clip in her song ‘XO.’ June Scobee Rodgers, the founder of Challenger Center for Space Science Education and widow of the Space Shuttle Challenger Commander Dick Scobee. “We were disappointed to learn that an audio clip from the day we lost our heroic Challenger crew was used in the song 'XO'. The moment included in this song is an emotionally difficult one for the Challenger families,…show more content…
On February 6, 2016 ‘Formation’ was released. Besides the controversy surrounding ‘XO’ ‘Formation has to be the most controversial song and music video she has ever released. Featuring lyrics like “I like my negro nose with Jackson Five nostrils // When he f*** me good I take his a** to Red Lobster cause I slay.” Her music video featured her sitting on top of a New Orleans Police Department patrol car surrounded by a flood, a sign that says “Stop Shooting Us” and audio of Big Freedia What caused the true backlash of ‘Formation’ happened the next day on February 7. On, Super Bowl Sunday during halftime Beyonce performed ‘Formation’ live on national television. Beyonce and her backup dancers were dressed in Black Panther-esque costumes. Leading critics to say that her performance was racist and promoting anti-police sediment and has lead to police attempting protests the Super Bowl performance. Beyonce, herself has spoken out about the controversy. “I’m an artist and I think the most powerful art is usually misunderstood,” she said. “But anyone who perceives my message as anti-police is completely mistaken. I have so much admiration and respect for officers and the families of the officers who sacrifice themselves to keeps us safe. But let’s be clear: I am against police brutality and injustice. Those are two separate
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