BEYONCÉ | Natalie in the City - A Chicago Petite Plus Size Fashion Blog, by Natalie Craig
Natalie in the City - A Chicago Petite Plus Size Fashion Blog, by Natalie Craig


February 11, 2016


For those who don't have hot sauce in their bag....
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It is now a little under a week ago that Beyoncé took the field during the Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show. Beyoncé joined Coldplay and Bruno Mars for a performance that seemed uplifting and inspiring, reflecting on past super bowl performances and bringing people together regardless of age, race, or musical genre.

As expected, articles about Beyoncé once again stunning the nation with her presence at the Super Bowl surfaced, as well as a couple of memes of her almost falling and how Bruno Mars and Bey shared the stage with their Uber driver—Coldplay lead vocalist Chris Martin. I also expected to see some people reach to connect Beyoncé to the devil/Illuminati and break down her mid stage possession frame by frame. What I did not expect to see is an anti-Beyoncé rally and articles that called Beyoncé racist. What was even more shocking is that this statement was coming from people of all races.

When Beyoncé released her single and video "Formation" just one day before her Super Bowl performance, I remember watching the video and repeatedly thinking "wow" at almost every scene. Beyoncé managed to make a single video highlighting some of the most tense racial situations and travesties this country has seen. I watched this video and I knew that it was not made for me. It was not made for me to feel a part of something, but it was made for me to learn from. Formation was made to validate men and women who have been ignored or pushed down by oppression since their existence. It was a statement to show the beauty that this nation turns away every day and fails to acknowledge.

The fact that people are saying they don't feel represented in Beyoncé's half time show and that her performance—with black female dancers—was racist and not inclusive, are probably people who have always felt like they are a part of this nation and even more so, they see representation and acceptance of themselves everywhere they go. If you can't be happy for a group of people—whether it be specific to religion, race, sexuality, or gender—fighting to gain footing and representation in this nation, then you should look at yourself the next time you question a situation or performance like Beyoncé's Super Bowl Halftime Show. Chances are you and many others with the same mindset are part of the reason why certain groups of people need to fight so hard for equality or just even to be seen and heard.

While we are at a point of self exploration, ask yourself if Beyoncé's performance or music video has affected you in any way—other than the fact that you have some people exchanging differing views in your Facebook post comment section, arguably so. Some will say they are affected because they don't feel represented in Beyoncé's performance or in her Formation music video. To those people, I would ask, imagine if you felt left out or misrepresented for a good part of your existence? What if a single person and a group of brave souls stood up for you on a national stage and changed that, and you could proudly say, "I slay."

What if people wanted to take that away from you?  

What if people told you to stop ripping off the "historical band aid" of racism in America, because they don't even understand that racism STILL exists? These people just think that since they don't experience it (and never have) that it doesn't exist for others. Wrong, wrong, and wrong again.

Am I perfect when it comes to acceptance, race relations, or just being a human? No. None of us are. But I realize that if we saw each other as people instead of identifying us by a certain color or religion, then all of us would stand in praise of Beyoncé's performance just like everyone has praised Coldplay—a band comprised of white men (just saying)—for their performance.

Also, Bruno Mars and all of his back up dancers were black, too. Where are the hateful and shaming articles about that? I see we have another discussion here, and yet another fault in how people view and implement equality.
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