It seems as though we’ll remember Super Bowl 50 for it’s controversies more than we’ll remember the actual game itself.

Cam Newton’s actions in the post-game press conference are all anyone wants to talk about in the days since. Except maybe Fox News, who wanted to make sure that some of that righteous indignation was being saved for Beyonce and her halftime performance of ‘Formation.

“I couldn’t really make out what Beyoncé was saying,” host Brian Kilmeade added after the show aired some footage of her performance. “But at the end, we find out Beyoncé dressed up in a tribute to the Black Panthers, went to a Malcolm X formation. And the song, the lyrics, which I couldn’t make out a syllable, were basically telling cops to stop shooting blacks!”

“I’ve got to be honest with you, I had no idea when this was going on,” Anna Kooiman added, before Doocy explained to her that “Formation” has quickly become a “rallying cry for the Black Lives Matter movement.”

Then, Rudy Giuliani chimed in to discuss the notion that the performance was an affront to the police:

“This is football, not Hollywood,” he continued, “and I thought it was really outrageous 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. And what we should be doing in the African-American community, and all communities, is build up respect for police officers.”

Meanwhile over on Fox Business, Stuart Varney wanted to know why we were discussing race during a football game:

“Is there anything in America which can exclude race? I mean, why is race brought into the halftime show at a Super Bowl game, why?”

It should also be noted that Giuliani reminded us that the point of the Super Bowl is to be “decent, wholesome entertainment” and is for “middle America.” Go ahead and read into that as much as Fox decided to read into Beyonce’s performance.

While The Daily Show has taken some hits in recent weeks for its lack of bite since Trevor Noah took over as host, correspondent Jessica Williams was not about to let all these angry reactions go unchecked.

“First of all, are you saying that you can’t talk about race issues to ‘middle America?’ What are they, so delicate and unaware and maybe so white that Beyonce is too much for them? You know what’s right in the middle of America? Ferguson, Missouri. And furthermore, I am so sorry that this wasn’t wholesome enough for you. I didn’t realize that singing about race was equivalent to Janet Jackson getting her titty pulled out at the Super Bowl. But you’re right. The fans deserve wholesome entertainment. Like watching 300-pound men give each other concussions while a crowd cheers like they’re extras in the movie Gladiator.”

Round and round the controversy cycle goes. Where it ends….well, it probably doesn’t.


About Sean Keeley

Sean Keeley is the creator of the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and author of 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and many other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle. Send tips/comments/complaints to