Fortunately, Killer Mike is around to bring some clarity to the situation. During an appearance on HBO’s “Real Time With Bill Maher,” BET reports the rapper-political activist broke down exactly why “Formation” should be a nonissue for the white conservatives who slammed Beyoncé for promoting violence against police on the most watched event of the year.
“White people, it’s not always about you,” Killer Mike said. “And what I mean by that is when you hear her talk about the record, she says first, ‘I’m not in the Illuminati.’ She’s talking to other Black people, saying, ‘Look, stupid. Because I’m not at Ferguson when you want me to be doesn’t mean I’ve sold you out.’ And then the rest of the first verse is about her telling other Black people, ‘I like being Black. This is the type of Black I am. I like the fact that my daughter’s Black… I like me.’ White people, that conversation wasn’t even for you.”
Weighing in on Beyoncé’s performance, “Real Time” host Bill Maher provided a bit of sarcasm to the criticism while sharing how the live set came off to him.
“To me, watching that, I thought that this looked like every other halftime show I’ve ever seen,” Maher said. “It was an affront to everything we hold dear.”
As he continued his point, Killer Mike responded to white critics who pointed to “reverse racism” upon seeing Beyonce paying homage to the Black Panthers Party during the halftime show.
“I want to say about the Black Panthers, other white people, the history they teach you in white schools is not exactly right,” the Run the Jewels member said. “The Black Panthers were called the Black Panthers, but they weren’t just pro-Black people… [they were] a socialist group for any downtrodden people and at the time, they happened to be Blacks.”
To see Killer Mike’s appearance on “Real Time With Bill Maher,” check out the video below: