While some viewers may have seen Beyoncé's Super Bowl performance as entertainment, Rep. Peter King only saw a "pro-Black Panther and anti-cop" message. It is "just one more example of how acceptable it has become to be anti-police when it is the men and women in blue who put their lives on the line for all of us and deserve our strong support," Rep. King, a Republican from New York, wrote in a Facebook post Monday.
King also dislikes the music video released Saturday to go along with Beyoncé's new song "Formation" because it acknowledged the police shooting of Michael Brown.
"Not unexpectedly, the video makes the ritualistic reference to Michael Brown and Ferguson, Missouri by featuring a scene of innocent people with their hands raised high above their heads in surrender," he wrote. "This fable of an innocent Michael Brown being murdered by police while attempting to surrender, which dominated the airwaves for months in 2014, has been thoroughly discredited. In simple language it was and is a lie from beginning to end."
The Black Lives Matter movement that grew out of Brown's death was a "big lie" that is continued by Beyoncé's Super Bowl show.
"Michael Brown was a criminal who had robbed a convenience store and then attempted to kill Police Officer Darren Wilson," King wrote. "Michael Brown never raised his hands above his head and never tried to surrender. He was killed in self-defense by Officer Wilson after Brown first attempted to take the officer's weapon away and then charged at him."
Beyoncé's "false and irresponsible narrative of police violence" is a danger to police lives, he concluded.
King made no comment about the message he heard in Bruno Mars' performance of "Uptown Funk."
Watch the Super Bowl show for yourself and decide if Rep. King is right.