Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani Slams Beyonce's Super Bowl 50 Halftime Performance: 'It Was Outrageous'

by Zach Seemayer 6:26 PM PST, February 08, 2016
Playing Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani Slams Beyonce's Super Bowl 50 Halftime Performance: 'It Was Outrageous'

Beyonce's explosive performance in the Pepsi Super Bowl 50 halftime show received nearly universal acclaim, but former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani was not one of those who approved.

The 71-year-old politician sat down with Anna Kooiman, Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade on Monday's Fox & Friends, where he slammed the "Formation" singer for using her massive public platform to make a political statement.

"I think it was outrageous," Giuliani said, adding that he was offended by what he saw as Beyonce's support of the "Black Lives Matter" movement.

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Aside from the overt, politically charged themes in her new song "Formation," Beyonce's halftime show backup dancers were adorned in all-black costumes assumed to be inspired by the Black Panther Party of the 1960s.

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According to Giuliani, he felt it was wrong for Beyonce to use the appearance as "to attack police officers who are the people who protect her and protect us, and keep us alive."

Beyonce has not addressed the political connotations, nor has she directly inferred that the routine was her way of showing support for the "Black Lives Matter" movement, or any social or political ideology.

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Giuliani also appeared to have a problem with the halftime show as a whole, including the performances by Coldplay and Bruno Mars, and seemed to dislike the existence of them all together.

"The halftime show I thought was ridiculous anyway," Giuliani explained. "I don't know what the heck it was. A bunch of people bouncing around and all the strange things. It was terrible. I actually don't even know why we have this. I mean this is the Super Bowl, not Hollywood."

"You're talking to Middle America when you're at the Super Bowl," Giuliani added. "So if you're going to have entertainment, let's have decent, wholesome entertainment, not use it as a platform to attack the people who put their lives at risk to save us."

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Given that the 34-year-old singer has sold over 16 million albums as a solo artist and a 118 million worldwide -- making her one of the best-selling musicians of the last decade -- it seems safe to say that Middle America doesn't have a problem with Beyonce.

After her celebrated Super Bowl performance, ET caught up with Beyonce backstage, where she opened up about her new song, saying she "wanted people to feel proud and have love for themselves."

Check out the video below to hear more from the standout star of this year's dynamic halftime show.