The Music Of Super Bowl 50 Essay

2398 Words Apr 21st, 2016 10 Pages
On February 7, 2016, 111.9 million TV viewers tuned in to watch Super Bowl 50; this estimate includes partial and full viewing of the game. Not surprisingly, the viewership peaked to 115. 5 million during the halftime show featuring Coldplay, Beyoncé, and Bruno Mars. The performance garnered different reactions from viewers and broadcast commentators. Many speculated over Beyoncé’s choice of costume and the costume choice for her backup dancers. But before the Super Bowl even took place, Beyoncé was gaining attention due to her release of her music video for the song, “Formation”. The music video paid odes to Hurricane Katrina, Black Lives Matter and more. Her performance at the Super Bowl didn’t include all of these odes specifically, but the main point was still made. During the performance, Beyoncé and her dancers wore costumes to give recognition to the 50th anniversary of the Black Panther Party. A young boy wearing a hoodie was seen placing his hands up in the performance as well. The song and the video has been called a “call to arms” for black activists and women. Not everyone felt this way though. Supporters of the police said they were offended by the video and by the performance. Symbolic speech is not a new subject in the world. People have been showing their distaste for other’s rulings or opinions since Thomas Paine and Common Sense. Throughout the years there have been many cases that have been brought to the Supreme Court that deal with symbolic…

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