A panel of African-American CNN guests broke out in laughter when another guest suggested Beyonce’s song and video for “Formation” is racist.
The mega-star upset some people — particularly conservatives and police officer unions — with a Super Bowl half-time performance of her song which talks about her pride in her black heritage and also uses imagery from black history, including the Black Panthers and references to the Black Lives Matter movement.
Former NYPD detective Harry Houck joined CNN host Don Lemon’s panel on the issue and said he thought the video advocated violence against police officers and was racist, eliciting a chuckle from his fellow panelists, Nischelle Turner, Bakari Sellers, and Kierny Mayo.
“Well, it was also racist,” Houck said when asked by Lemon if he thought the video, which features graffiti that says, “Stop shooting us,” is anti-police.
The other guests had trouble suppressing their laughter.
Houck then said Beyonce is a supporter of the Black Liberation Army, a now-defunct black nationalist group.
Sellers said he considers Houck a friend but responded that his statement about Beyonce’s video being racist was laughable.
“I wish Harry and others were as vocal when we have young African-American men who die at the hands of police officers for committing crimes that they should not be sentenced to death for,” he said. “That being said, I think that Beyonce, like myself, like Nischelle, like Kierny, even like you Harry, we all agree that police officers go out every day and they serve and protect and they do so with such honor. However there is a very, very specific pain that is felt by African-Americans that Beyonce and Kendrick Lamar are speaking to right now.”
Houck then said the “real issue” is “black-on-black crime.”
Steve Schmidt breaks down why Joe Biden should be an ‘easy’ choice for moderate Republicans
On MSNBC Friday, former GOP strategist Steve Schmidt criticized Sen. Lisa Murkowski's (R-AK) claim that she was struggling over whether to support the president — and laid out why she should unequivocally decide she doesn't.
"We saw the president direct violence against peaceful protesters this week, and seen the president lie to the country nearly 20,000 times," said Schmidt. "We've seen the president divide the country and incite violence. And we've seen a level of ineptitude in this historic pandemic that defied description, but included standing in front of the nation when tens of thousands are dead, talking about his ratings or telling the American people that it is a good idea to ingest or household disinfectants. We've seen a president preside over the shattering of an economy. We have seen a president race-bait, demean, disgrace his office, to desecrate the bonds of affection that exist between us as Americans."
‘Not appropriate at all’: GOP senator admits it was wrong to gas protesters for Trump’s photo-op
The decision to gas protesters so President Donald Trump could hold a photo-op holding a Bible were criticized by a Republican senator on Friday as cracks start to emerge in Republicans' support for the president.
"As you know, outside the White House when protesters were peacefully exercising their rights, there were rubber bullets and tear gas, they were disbursed so he could go for the pictures, the photo-op at the church," CNN's Erin Burnett reported.
She noted criticism by former General Mattis and asked Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) if he agreed.
"I would say no question the scene that I understand occurred there with the tear gas and rubber bullets was unnecessary, not appropriate at all," he replied.
‘A coward and a commander’: New Lincoln Project ad contrasts Trump with James Mattis
On Friday, the conservative anti-Trump group The Lincoln Project released a new attack ad against President Donald Trump — this time using the criticism of his former Defense Secretary James Mattis, and comparing and contrasting their leadership ability.
"This is the story of a coward and a commander," said the ad's narrator. "The coward Trump dodged the draft. Jim Mattis led American troops for forty years. While a frightened Trump hides from protesters in a deep bunker firing off tweets, Jim Mattis does what he's always done: Leads. While Donald Trump angrily attacks, General Mattis' words deserve to be heard by every American."