Beyoncé’s Coldplay-upstaging, Black Panthers-inspired Super Bowl halftime show was as “pro-black as it could be and it was all done by design,” and that scared a lot of people. Rudy Giuliani told Fox News, “I thought it was really outrageous that she used it as a platform to attack police officers who are the people who protect her and protect us, and keep us alive,” while the #BoycottBeyonce movement is now a thing. Fox News’ Stuart Varney even asked, “Why is race brought into the halftime show at a Super Bowl game?”
Last night on The Daily Show, Jessica Williams gave Varney, and everyone who agrees with him, the answer they don’t want to hear. “Race was brought in,” she said, “because Beyoncé was brought in and, brace yourself, you might want to sit down for this, but Beyoncé is… black! And as a black person, you walk around every day constantly reminded that you are black.” Beyoncé is black, “and this song is her message.” And good artists get their message across, whether they’re playing for three people in a bar or hundreds of millions at the Super Bowl. “Formation” isn’t Katy Perry’s “I Kissed a Girl.” There’s actual substance to the song, and it’s fantastic that Beyoncé used Pepsi’s halftime-sponsored money, which otherwise would have gone to funding another Coldplay ballad, to do something more than just a musical performance.
“The fans deserve wholesome entertainment,” Williams added, “Like watching 300-pound men give each other concussions while the crowd cheers like we’re extras in Gladiator? So, what is wrong with Beyoncé, everyone? Were you not entertained?”