After earning praise and criticism earlier this year with her song “Formation” and controversial performances of the anthem, pop star Beyonce proved over the weekend that she still relishes her position as a black-power activist.
Prior to her performance at the MTV Video Music Awards, the former Destiny’s Child member appeared alongside the mothers of several blacks killed by police officers. Their deaths have helped spark the Black Lives Matter movement.
Beyonce followed her red-carpet appearance by singing a medley of her newer songs as dancers dressed as angels appeared onstage only to be symbolically killed.
Fox & Friends co-host Ainsley Earhardt referenced the performance in an interview Monday with former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, suggesting Beyonce’s choreography “was supposed to symbolize cops killing black individuals.”
The 2008 presidential candidate responded by touting his own achievements in turning around the nation’s most populous city.
“I saved more black lives than any of those people you saw on stage by reducing crime and particularly homicide by 75 percent,” he said, asserting as many as 5,000 young black people are alive today because of his policies.
Giuliani went on to criticize Democrat leaders in cities struggling with racial discord, suggesting they have done little to remedy the problem aside from engaging in a lot of talk.
“I didn’t fail Harlem,” he said. “I turned Harlem around. I didn’t fail Bedford-Stuyvesant. I turned it around. Go there now. Go walk in Harlem. Then flash back to 25 years ago and go to Harlem before I was mayor.”