Beyonce Super Bowl protesters were slammed by her supporters

Protesters who thought Beyonce's Super Bowl performance was anti-police were outnumbered by the pop stars supporters.
Protesters who thought Beyonce's Super Bowl performance was anti-police were outnumbered by the pop stars supporters.

A planned New York protest against Beyonce in response to her controversial Super Bowl performance has turned out to be a flop after fans of the R&B singer came out in droves to support the music star.

The former Destiny's Child star sparked controversy with her half-time appearance at the big football game earlier this month when she appeared to give a 'black power' salute while backing dancers paraded around in leather outfits similar to the uniforms worn by members of the '60s Black Panther movement.

She added to the furore by referencing police brutality and the recent spate of police shootings in the US in the video for her new song, Formation, which was released ahead of the Super Bowl.

The live set and the promo prompted pro-police activists to accuse the singer of "race-baiting" and said the performance was a "slap in the face" to all US police officers.

The campaigners announced plans to march on the headquarters of the National Football League in New York on Tuesday, in an effort to urge sports executives to take a harder line on "hate speech and racism" at the Super Bowl.

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Beyonce fans quickly mobilised a counter demonstration and dressed up as Black Panther activists to join the pro-police protesters at the NFL offices.

The turn-out was impressive, while only five anti-Beyonce protesters showed up, according to The New York Post the Beyonce fans held out in the rain until all their rival protesters had left the area.

- AAP

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