The Daily Show Slams Fox's Criticism Of Beyonce's Super Bowl Performance
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From the February 8 edition of Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Trevor Noah:
JESSICA WILLIAMS: And it was awesome because there was so much in this video about black female empowerment. But its not just about self-love, I mean she calls out police brutality and the constant fear that black people have of the police. She even threw back to Hurricane Katrina. The black girl magic in that video was out of control. She was like a beautiful black Dumbledore, but wearing a really nice weave and three thousand dollars worth of Gucci. And that was just the tailgate before the big game. It really was an amazing show, but not everyone was ready for that jelly.
WILLIAMS: Race was brought in because Beyonce was brought in. And brace yourself, you might want to sit down for this, but Beyonce is black. And as a black person, you walk around every day constantly reminded that you are black. We're more likely to get paid less, we're more likely to get sent to prison, and we're more likely to win a dance competition. Hey, its not all bad. The point is, Beyonce is black and this song is her message. That's what artists do. Their message is in their music. Like how Chris Martin wore his Global Citizen armband to promote his message of ending worldwide poverty. Or how Bruno Mars delivered his message of how uptown was going to funk me up. That's a threat. I live uptown, I barely slept after that performance. How dare he say something like that? And why are people surprised that Beyonce would send a message during the show? She's done this since the beginning of her career. Have we forgotten when she addressed the importance of mental health in "Crazy in Love"? Uh oh, uh oh, uh oh, oh no, no indeed. But look, I get it. Beyonce wasn't just doing any television performance. I mean, this was the Super Bowl. And that's what got some people pissed.
WILLIAMS: Okay, so are you saying you can't talk about race issues to middle America? What are they, so delicate and unaware and maybe so white that Beyonce is too much for them? You know what's right in the middle of America? Ferguson, Missouri. And furthermore, furthermore, I am so sorry that this wasn't wholesome enough for you. I didn't realize that singing about race was the equivalent to Janet Jackson getting her titty pulled out at the Super Bowl. But you're right, you know, the fans deserve wholesome entertainment. Like watching 300 pound men give each other concussions while the crowd cheers like we're extras in the movie "Gladiator." So what is wrong with Beyonce, everyone? Were you not entertained?