Rudi Giuliani Says Of Beyonce's VMA Performance, "I Saved More Black Lives Than Any Of Those People You Saw Onstage"
Tue, 30 Aug 2016 10:51:01
At MTV's Video Music Awards on Sunday night, Beyoncé performed a 14-minute medley of songs from her most recent record Lemonade. Include in the performance was the song "Pray You Catch Me", where a number of dancers fell to the stage one by one after being encircled by red lights. Rudi Giuliani was not pleased with what he saw, taking it to be a statement against the police and police brutality. The politician appeared on Fox News' Fox & Friends Monday, and expressed his distaste for the performance saying:
"It's a shame; It's a shame. You're asking the wrong person because I had five uncles who were police officers, two cousins who were – one who died in the line of duty. I ran the largest and best police department in the world, the New York City Police Department. And I saved more black lives than any of those people you saw onstage by reducing crime – and particularly homicide – by 75 percent, of which maybe four or five thousand were African-American young people who are alive today because of the policies I put in effect that weren't in effect for 35 years.
"So if you're going to do that, you also should symbolize why the police officers are in those neighborhoods. And what are you going to do about that? And what are you doing about it? To me, it's two easy answers: a much better education and a good job. And what the heck have you done?"
This isn't the first time Giuliani has been critical of Beyonce. He condemned her performance at this year's Super Bowl halftime show, which featured dancers in Black Panthers-inspired wear.
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—The ARTISTdirect Staff