Some American police unions called for a boycott of Beyoncé’s upcoming world tour in reaction to her Super Bowl performance, a show that many officers viewed as inflammatory and resolutely anti-police. At the Super Bowl, Beyoncé paid homage to the ‘Black Panthers’, a militant self-defence group active in the 1960’s that stood against racial injustices in minority communities, a tribute that riled some factions of the police and political figures such as New York’s ex-mayor Rudy Giuliani, who called it “outrageous”.
But even if the police were to boycott her shows, Louis Farrakhan has vowed that his religious group will step in. After criticising Rudy Giuilani for his comments, Farrakhan said during his speech, “Look at how you treatin’ Beyonce now. You gonna picket. You not gonna offer her police protection. But the FOI (Fruit of Islam) will."
The Fruit of Islam is the male-only paramilitary division of the Nation of Islam, and Farrakhan claims that its members will step in at concerts that the police choose not to attend. Beyonce’s “Formation” tour kicks off in Miami in April 2016.