Why They're Mad: Beyoncé's Super Bowl Performance Was Peak Blackness

Conservatives and racists are crying everywhere.

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Beyoncé Is Down for the Cause - The movement lives. After the Blackest takeover of a Super Bowl halftime show in history, Beyoncé is facing backlash for her bold coming out as "woke." Her performance of her new trap feminist track, "Formation," which included many references to African-American history and Black politics and culture, are upsetting conservatives who are crying that it was not "wholesome" and was an attack on "police officers." Yet many happily saw themselves represented during the show. BET.com looks at why Beyoncé's performance was peak Blackness and a significant celebration of Black History Month. — Natelege Whaley(Photo: Matt Cowan/Getty Images)

Protests Against 'Formation' - Some are so angry that Beyonc? had the nerve to celebrate her Blackness that they are protesting in front of the NFL headquarters in New York City on Tuesday Feb. 16. Of course when Black women caught wind of the protest they also planned to show up and shut down their naysayers with their own counter protest. ?When Black women affirm Blackness/Black womanhood, they are attacked and silenced,? said Eventbrite.(Photo: Eventbrite.com)

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Protests Against 'Formation' - Some are so angry that Beyoncé had the nerve to celebrate her Blackness that they are protesting in front of the NFL headquarters in New York City on Tuesday Feb. 16. Of course when Black women caught wind of the protest they also planned to show up and shut down their naysayers with their own counter protest. “When Black women affirm Blackness/Black womanhood, they are attacked and silenced,” said Eventbrite.(Photo: Eventbrite.com)

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Paid Homage to the Black Panther Party - Bey recruited a team of backup dancers in all shades of chocolate, who paid homage to the Black Panther Party with their Afros, berets, black leather and combat boots. These ladies acknowledged the political group that was founded 50 years ago.The Super Bowl halftime show is one of the biggest stages in American entertainment. More than 189 million were expected to tune in Sunday night. So this level of badassness is not what most of middle America is used to. (Photo: Harry How/Getty Images)

'Justice 4 Mario Woods' - During the event, some of the dancers protested the killing of Mario Woods, a 26-year-old African-American man who was shot and killed by San Francisco police officers in 2015. This act brought the Black Lives Matter movement to the field and brought awareness to an injustice that occurred in this year's Super Bowl host city.(Photo: Jamilah King via Twitter)

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'Justice 4 Mario Woods' - During the event, some of the dancers protested the killing of Mario Woods, a 26-year-old African-American man who was shot and killed by San Francisco police officers in 2015. This act brought the Black Lives Matter movement to the field and brought awareness to an injustice that occurred in this year's Super Bowl host city.(Photo: Jamilah King via Twitter)

Hip Hop Roots and James Brown - Bruno Mars, his band and dancers gave the perfect warm-up to Beyonc?. Their gold rope chains, bucket hats and Nike Cortez sneakers took us back to the 1980s era of hip hop. And if you were listening closely, during "Uptown Funk," you'd notice his band did a quick bass-heavy breakdown as an ode to the late, great James Brown.  (Photo: AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

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Hip Hop Roots and James Brown - Bruno Mars, his band and dancers gave the perfect warm-up to Beyoncé. Their gold rope chains, bucket hats and Nike Cortez sneakers took us back to the 1980s era of hip hop. And if you were listening closely, during "Uptown Funk," you'd notice his band did a quick bass-heavy breakdown as an ode to the late, great James Brown.  (Photo: AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

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'X' Formation Celebrates This Black Leader - It wasn't just for show that Bey's dancers formed the letter 'X" last night. The movement paid homage to the late Malcolm X, one of the most celebrated figures of the Black liberation movement. (Photo: AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

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'X' Formation Celebrates This Black Leader - It wasn't just for show that Bey's dancers formed the letter 'X" last night. The movement paid homage to the late Malcolm X, one of the most celebrated figures of the Black liberation movement. (Photo: AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

Michael Jackson Vibes - Beyonc? paid tribute to Michael Jackson's Super Bowl outfit from his 1993 performance. From her choreography to the showmanship, the King of Pop definitely lived through her during Super Bowl 50.  (Photo: AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

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Michael Jackson Vibes - Beyoncé paid tribute to Michael Jackson's Super Bowl outfit from his 1993 performance. From her choreography to the showmanship, the King of Pop definitely lived through her during Super Bowl 50.  (Photo: AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

For the People - Following her performance, Beyonc? announced that she would be going on the Formation World Tour. The proceeds will help those affected by the water crisis in Flint, a Michigan town that has not had access to clean water in more than a year and is also predominately Black. This follows news Friday that her hubby, Jay Z, donated $1.5 million to the Black Lives Matter movement. These are the biggest artists in music and they can collect a check no matter what, but the fact that they are continuing to grow their support on these issues is game changing. Salute!(Photo: AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

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For the People - Following her performance, Beyoncé announced that she would be going on the Formation World Tour. The proceeds will help those affected by the water crisis in Flint, a Michigan town that has not had access to clean water in more than a year and is also predominately Black. This follows news Friday that her hubby, Jay Z, donated $1.5 million to the Black Lives Matter movement. These are the biggest artists in music and they can collect a check no matter what, but the fact that they are continuing to grow their support on these issues is game changing. Salute!(Photo: AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

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Toronto Politician: Investigate Beyonce's Ties to the Black Panthers  - Toronto's Ward 39 councillor Jim Karygiannis isn't happy about Beyonce bringing her Formation Tour to Canada and says she should have been "investigated first," according to the Toronto Sun.“If someone wore bullets and supported (a radical group) here, they would not be welcomed in the United States — that’s for sure.”(Photo: Roberto Machado Noa/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Tomi Lahren: 'Your Husband Was a Drug Leader' - The Blaze correspondent Lahren had a few choice words for Beyonce's Super Bowl performance. She believes her ode to the Black Panthers was not helpful to racial equality. ?Where's the political message here? What is it that you're trying to convey here. A solution to what? A group that uses violence and intimidation to advance not racial equality but an overthrow of white domination," she continued. "The Black Panthers, for those that don't know, were critical of Martin Luther King Jr.'s non-violent civil rights movement.?(Photo: The Blaze Inc)

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Tomi Lahren: 'Your Husband Was a Drug Leader' - The Blaze correspondent Lahren had a few choice words for Beyonce's Super Bowl performance. She believes her ode to the Black Panthers was not helpful to racial equality. “Where's the political message here? What is it that you're trying to convey here. A solution to what? A group that uses violence and intimidation to advance not racial equality but an overthrow of white domination," she continued. "The Black Panthers, for those that don't know, were critical of Martin Luther King Jr.'s non-violent civil rights movement.”(Photo: The Blaze Inc)

Rudy Giuliani - The first conservative to speak out against Bey was former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, who said the performance was not "wholesome," while on Fox News.  "You?re talking to middle America when you have the Super Bowl. So if you?re going to have entertainment, let?s have decent, wholesome entertainment. And not use it as a platform to attack the people who put their lives at risk just to save us.?(Photo: Fox News)

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Rudy Giuliani - The first conservative to speak out against Bey was former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, who said the performance was not "wholesome," while on Fox News.  "You’re talking to middle America when you have the Super Bowl. So if you’re going to have entertainment, let’s have decent, wholesome entertainment. And not use it as a platform to attack the people who put their lives at risk just to save us.”(Photo: Fox News)