Coldplay might have headlined halftime at Super Bowl 50, but it was Beyonce and her performance of “Formation” that stole the show.
Taking to the stage after Coldplay’s “Uptown Funk,” Queen Bey and her black-clad dancers gave a riveting performance to one of the most politically motivated music videos in recent history. To dress up for the occasion, Beyonce donned a custom made leather jacket with gold military details and Christian Louboutin ankle boots.
The Internet was quick to notice that her costume was a visual tribute to the Black Panthers — the revolutionary, all-black, political party, controversially active in the United States from 1966 to 1982— as well as to legendary singer Michael Jackson’s 1993 Super Bowl performance.
The Black Panthers was founded in Oakland, California, close to the site of the Super Bowl game and was formed to combat oppression of the black people.
Anticipation for the song rose since Beyonce released its music video just a few hours before her Super Bowl gig — a broadcast that addressed black culture symbolism, Black Lives Matter, Illuminati myths attributed to her family and Hurricane Katrina. After the sequence, some of the leather clad dancers posed for a photo shoot demanding justice for Mario Woods.
The performance left the viewers in complete awe and is in essence a powerful rejection of the pop singer’s perceived lack of political interest. Beyonce has a history of slaying Super Bowl performances. In 2013, Beyonce also gave one of the best music performances in the game’s history.
Although the performance was met by accolades from mainstream media, many people also boycotted the song at the Super Bowl, claiming it sends too harsh a message to the police.