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Jessica Williams, The Daily Show‘s Senior BeyoncÃ© Correspondent, has some words for critics of Queen Bey’s Super Bowl half time performance. Two days before the Super Bowl, BeyoncÃ© released a new single, with a video set in New Orleans that not only focused on black female empowerment, but also called out police, and 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 $3,000 worth of Gucci,” observes Williams. But as exciting as it is to get new and powerful music from the singer, “not everyone was ready for that jelly” when she performed the song at the half time show.
Rudy Giuliani and conservative pundits called out BeyoncÃ© for using Black Panther imagery and talking about police violence, asking why race is brought into the half time show at a Super Bowl? Williams has a pretty straightforward answer. “Race was brought in because BeyoncÃ© was brought in—and brace yourself, you might want to sit down for this—but BeyoncÃ© is black.” Giuliani tried to explain her message seemed out of place that middle America was watching this show. “Are you saying you can’t talk about race issues to middle America?…You know what’s right in the middle of America? Ferguson, Missouri.”