Uh oh! Beyonce might have some security issues at her giant sold-out stadium concert on Tampa, Florida, because police are reportedly refusing to work the massive event after her controversial halftime show at the Super Bowl. We have the scoop, here.
Say it ain’t so! Beyonce, 34, sold out her huge stadium show in Tampa, Florida, but there might be a problem: no police offers are signing up to work security at the event after her controversial Super Bowl halftime show on Feb. 7. Here are the details.
Beyonce has been under fire since she released her new song “Formation” on Feb. 6. The awesome music video features a wall that has “stop shooting us” spray painted on it and Queen Bey herself laying on a police car as it sank into a river in New Orleans, Louisiana. Then there was her powerful performance at the Super Bowl featuring backup dancers that resembled Black Panthers. However, many saw this as having an anti-police message, and now it sounds like the Tampa Police Department might be taking a silent stance on the issue.
According to FOX 13 news in Tampa, off-duty police officers are given the opportunity to sign up to work concerts and events for some extra income. However, the Beyonce list remained empty on Feb. 18. With a sold-out show at Raymond James Stadium on April 29, a police presence will definitely be necessary, so this poses a problem.
Spokesperson Steve Hegarty assures FOX 13 that it would not be an issue. “We’re going to staff it because we have a responsibility to do that regardless of how controversial it might be, who the artist might be, or the politician might be,” he explained. “This is a couple of months away, so we’ve still got plenty of time to fill those slots.” However, he did include that it wouldn’t be the first time people didn’t volunteer for controversial events, and in the past they had all been fully staffed.
Later in the day a police source told FOX 13 that “dozens” of officers had in fact volunteered, and assured fans on Twitter that they would be safe. It’s unclear if they scrambled to fill the slots after the news broke or if it was never a problem to begin with. Either way, we’re glad the show will go on and be well secured.
— TampaPD (@TampaPD) February 18, 2016
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