Soon after Beyonce’s Black Panther-tinged performance during the Super Bowl 50 halftime show, a group calling itself Proud of the Blues posted a call to protest on the scheduling website Eventbrite. The demonstration was scheduled for NFL headquarters in Manhattan at 8 a.m. Tuesday.
And then it was 8 a.m. Tuesday and … no Beyonce protest. Maybe a few cops and TV cameras, sure, but no demonstration.
— glenn schuck (@glennschuck) February 16, 2016
Maybe a counter-protester or two:
Outside NFL HQ, at what was supposed to be an anti-Beyoncé protest. Only a few counter-protesters have shown up. pic.twitter.com/h8EiKnX9rc
— Alex Silverman (@AlexSilverman) February 16, 2016
As Deadspin’s Barry Petchesky points out, the Beyonce “protest” reeked of a hoax. Eventbrite doesn’t require much in the way of bona fides to announce an event, and the group calling itself “Proud of the Blues” didn’t have much of a presence online until the last couple of days. So we had Tuesday’s scene, in which a handful of Beyonce supporters gathered in Manhattan to fend off an anti-Beyonce protest that never happened.
At the Anti Beyonce "protest" at NFL headquarters. But they're not here pic.twitter.com/14tPFkS3WU
— miss al boogie (@missalboogie) February 16, 2016
Beyonce maybe referenced the non-hubbub at Monday night’s Grammys.
“Art is the unapologetic celebration of culture through self-expression,” she said. “It can impact people in a variety of ways, for different reasons, at different times. Some will react, some will respond, and some will be moved.”
And some will apparently make up protests.