Tomi Lahren, host of TheBlaze’s Tomi, was among the many conservative pundits to criticize Sunday’s Super Bowl halftime show, which featured pop star Beyonce in a Black Panthers-themed performance. According to Lahren, the politically charged display was just the latest effort to stoke racial tensions.
“This isn’t about equality,” she said. “This is about ramrodding an aggressive agenda down our throats and using fame and entertainment value to do so.”
She then went on to ask Beyonce a series of rhetorical questions regarding her use of radical imagery in the elaborate performance.
“Really?” she asked. “What is the political message here? What is it they are trying to convey here? A salute to what? A group that used violence and intimidation to advance not racial equality but an overthrow of white domination?”
The Black Panthers, Lahren explained, believed Martin Luther King’s non-violent approach to racial equality was insufficient and should be replaced with a mandate of violence against those they believed to be oppressors. She lamented the fact that Beyonce chose to reignite that controversial period of American history during an event that has historically brought Americans together.
Describing the Super Bowl as “a game where black fans cheer next to white fans,” Lahren said the halftime show hardly embraced that spirit of diversity.
“Beyonce didn’t reference the Black Panthers to bring about some kind of positive change,” the host said. “She did it to get attention.”
In that regard, Lahren compared the singer to civil rights activist Al Sharpton and others she believes have politicized and exaggerated the issue of racial discord.
These activists, she declared, “can’t let America heal” because they “keep ripping off the historical Band-Aid.”
Lahren ended the segment by accusing Beyonce of ignoring her many white fans by opting instead to “perpetuate the great battle of the races.”
If the headliner wanted to focus her attention on protecting her own race against perceived threats, Lahren concluded, she might want to consider what her husband, rapper Jay-Z, was known for prior to his commercial success.
“For 14 years,” the host scolded Beyonce, “he sold crack-cocaine. Talk about protecting black neighborhoods. Start at home.”