News anchor Tomi Lahren has social media exploding this week after publicly blasting R&B diva Beyoncé Knowles-Carter‘s Super Bowl 50 performance and firing a few shots at her hip-hop husband Jay Z.
In a broadcast for her “The Blaze” show, Lahren did not fall back on ripping both music icons.
“First it was hands up, don’t shoot. Then it was burning down buildings and looting drug stores all the way to Oscars So White and now even the Super Bowl halftime show has become politicized and given the notion black lives matter more. This isn’t about equality, this is about ram-rotting an aggressive agenda down our throats and using fame and entertainment value to do so. Beyoncé, really? What is the political message? What is it they’re trying to convey here? A salute to what? A group that used violence and intimidation to advance not racial equality but an overhaul of white domination? … Guess what Beyoncé? White people like your music too. People buy your songs on iTunes, memorize your lyrics and admire your talent and beauty – your husband was a drug dealer. For 14 years, he sold crack cocaine. Talk about protecting black neighborhoods. Start at home. Those are my final thoughts. Thanks for watching. God bless you and God bless America and take care.” (“The Blaze”)
Lahren has since come forward to address the backlash her comments have sparked.
I respect the 1st amendment which is why you can call me whatever you want. Have fun attacking me on Instagram. I'll be praying for you.
— Tomi Lahren (@TomiLahren) February 10, 2016
During her Super Bowl 50 halftime performance, Queen Bey paid homage to the Black Lives Matter movement.
This time the big news was Beyoncé utterly stealing the show from Coldplay as the “special guest” with a performance that simultaneously paid homage to Michael Jackson and evoked the Black Panthers, making millions of people who’d slept through the release of “Formation” earlier that weekend aware of the song and of the video, which visually references Hurricane Katrina and the #BlackLivesMatter movement. (The Daily Beast)
Bey also promoted the explosive performance on her Instagram page this week.