PeggyO comments

Posted in: Beyonce takes U.S. by storm with new activist role See in context

Of course the Superbowl is political -just in an US vs. them (meaning the rest of the world) way: the enormous flags, the national anthem being a centerpiece, the cheers when scenes of troops in Afghanistan appear, the military jets screaming overhead. We are so used to it that the ultra-nationalism goes over our heads. I remember my father commenting on the Roman circuses for the masses to keep them loyal to the empire.

If Beyonce has made enough money that she can afford to make a political statement, more power to her. I did a little research: Beyonce comes from a multi-racial background, but in the US the only thing that counts for how you are treated is the black part. She has become a mother - and probably realizes that the "black" is the part of her daughter that will be seen in the America today - and it has made her more radical. Beyonce comes from Houston, a city with one of the highest poverty rates in the US - I'm sure she has seen plenty of suffering and isn't forgetting it just because she got rich. More power to her.

From a total non-Beyonce fan who was impressed by the creativity in the Superbowl performance but not at all inspired.

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