Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke weighed in on the halftime show performed during Super Bowl 50, calling pop star Beyoncé’s Black Panther-themed routine a racist ploy.

In an interview with Fox Business, the outspoken sheriff questioned whether it would have been OK if KKK outfits were to have been used.


“Them coming out, Beyonce, in those Black Panther type uniforms, would that be acceptable if a white band came out in hoods and white sheets in the same sort of fashion? We would be appalled and outraged,” Clarke said, adding, “The Black Panthers are a subversive hate group in America. I think she could have done a better job.”

The sheriff’s comments echo those made by former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who said the halftime performance was an affront to police officers.

“I thought that she used it as a platform to attack police officers, who are the people who protect her and protect us and keep us alive,” Giuliani said Monday on Fox & Friends. “And what we should be doing, in the African-American community and in all communities, is build up respect for police officers and focus on the fact that when something does go wrong, OK, we’ll work on that.”

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