Minister Louis Farrakhan says the Fruit of Islam, the security force for the the Nation of Islam, will offer security services to Beyoncé should local police forces decline to do so during her concert tour.
He made the pledge during a speech, captured in this video clip posted on his public Facebook page:
Police unions are criticizing Beyonce in the wake of her Super Bowl halftime act and new video, calling for a boycott because they think her work contains “anti-police” messages, the Associated Press reported. Unions in Miami, Tampa and Nashville, Tennessee, are either calling for officers to boycott her music or urging them not volunteer to work at her shows.
Javier Ortiz, president of the Miami union, said this week that “Beyoncé used this year’s Super Bowl to divide Americans by promoting the Black Panthers and her anti-police message shows how she does not support law enforcement.”
It’s unclear what the ramifications of such talk could be. Although Beyonce’s Super Bowl halftime show elicited detractors including former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani, efforts to formally protest the performance quickly fizzled.
“Despite accusations that Beyonce’s Super Bowl performance was anti-police, no protesters showed up to the rally in Manhattan,” the AJC reported at the time. Instead, anti-protest protestors showed up, including Spencer Jones, who said: “Whether or not you like Beyoncé is not the issue. You can’t really dispute the message she’s trying to convey, and that is against police brutality and just respect for other human beings.”