Beyonce didn't make friends in some circles for her Black Panthers- and Black Lives Matters-laced halftime performance at Sunday's Super Bowl.
After former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and other conservative pundits laid into the "Formation" singer, Beyonce haters announced plans to protest outside NFL Headquarters in Manhattan next Tuesday, Feb. 16, the same day tickets for her "Formation" album world tour goes on sale, the New York Daily News reported.
As with Giuliani, the protest organizers say they are offended that the singer injected racial politics into her Super Bowl performance and insulted law enforcement.
"Are you offended as an American that Beyonce pulled her race-baiting stunt at the Superbowl?" the description about next week's planned protest said. "Do you agree that it was a slap in the face to law enforcement?"
But news about the #BoycottBeyonce rally has prompted the singer's supporters, under the #BlackGirlMagic hashtag, to call for a counter-protest, CNN reported.
"When Black women affirm Blackness/Black womanhood, they are attacked and silenced," said the posting, which invites women to dress in outfits inspired by the "Formation" video or the Super Bowl performance. "This is a counter protest to ... a racist, ahistorical attack on the Black Panther Party and Beyonce, plus an excuse to celebrate a very awesome song and #BlackGirlMagic moment."
The controversy began when the singer released her music video for her song "Formation" on Saturday. In the song, Beyonce speaks of her heritage, while her video includes references to Hurricane Katrina's devastating aftermath and features a scene of a young African-American boy wearing a hoodie before a line of police officers while the words "Stop shooting us" appear on a wall.
The anti-Beyonce protest is expected to begin at 8 a.m. Feb. 16 and last through the day.
Martha Ross provides celebrity commentary for the Bay Area News Group. Follow her at twitter.com/marthajross.