Super Bowl half time shows have a history of making headlines, but we've got to give the crown to the Queen herself, Beyoncé Knowles, for her Black Panthers-inspired performance that was watched live by 115.5 million viewers. As one of the defining pop culture icons of our time, we're sure Beyoncé knew that her song "Formation," the provocative music video that went with it, and the highly stylized Super Bowl performance were going to create a political conversation that she wouldn't be able to control. Beyoncé’s three part "Formation" punch coincided with the emotional birthday of would-be 21-year-old Trayvon Martin and called upon the rawness of Baltimore, Flint, and Ferguson. Beyoncé’s timing was poignant, but we wonder if she's surprised by just how quickly politics and politicos have tried to put her artwork in a box. New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani called it an "outrageous affront to police" and Representative Pete King (R, NY-2) issued a 5 paragraph diatribe on why Beyoncé crossed a line by promoting "discredited" "fables" of innocent black men being killed by cops. And now we hear that a anti-Beyoncé protest is planned in front of the National Football League’s headquarters, apparently because the NFL is at fault for providing Beyoncé a political platform. As we well know, in an election year, everything is political, but hasn't football been political for much longer?

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