Blaze news anchor Tomi Lahren took to Facebook Wednesday after she faced a major backlash for her criticism of Beyoncé’s Super Bowl 50 performance. Lahren said it “politicized and advanced the notion that black lives matter more.”
Some supporters of Beyoncé and the Black Lives Matter movement took to social media, where they accused the news anchor of being racist. Some even sent her death threats via Instagram.
Lahren had a simple message for her naysayers: “You don’t scare me.” She continued: “My assessment of the Beyoncé Super Bowl performance was not racist in any way. My message was clear: America should be coming together every day, but especially on America’s game day.”
— Tomi Lahren (@TomiLahren) February 10, 2016
She denied her criticism had anything to do with race. “I have nothing against Beyoncé,” Lauren said Wednesday. “I pointed out that white people love her. Little white girls look up to her just as little back girls do. Please tell me what is racist about that? Truth is some of you aren’t interested in a real conversation about race.”
Lahren took issue with the fact that the “Formation” singer celebrated the Black Panthers. “Beyoncé did not salute Martin Luther King or leaders that fought injustice with dignity,” the anchor said. “She chose to pay homage that a group that advocated violence as a means to an end. She, while flanked and protected with law enforcement both white and black, chose to use her platform to agitate progress and encourage division.”
Finally, Lahren had this to say to her haters: "Don't you dare come at me with hour hate and hour call to violence and your threats on my life and tell me racism is a one-way street."
As for Beyoncé, she didn’t see what the problem was with her performance. "I wanted people to feel proud," she said, "and have love for themselves."
Within an hour of being posted, Lahren’s rebuttal had already garnered more than 120,000 views. The full video has been provided below:
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