After much hype about a demonstration against Beyoncé’s Super Bowl halftime performance, today’s protest outside NFL’s New York City headquarters was a bust.
New York magazine reports that only three people attended an anti-Beyoncé rally organized in response to the singer’s supposed anti-police message and glorification of "hate group" the Black Panthers. According to The Guardian, one of them hadn’t even seen her performance. He attended on the strength of his perception of her message. "If you want to have something with politics, you don’t have to do it on a football field," he said. Another protester proclaimed support for the "Blue Lives Matter" pro-police movement and identified himself as a volunteer for Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign.
These protesters were overshadowed by a counterprotest of nearly 30 people, including some carrying signs calling out the lack of outrage against police violence and accurately-describing the Black Panthers’ legacy. One counterprotester explained the original rally’s low turnout to The Guardian, saying, "It’s easier to be a racist online than it is in real life."