Dozens of the diva’s supporters assembled on 51st Street and Park Avenue to back her against critics, including the rally's organizers, who decried Beyonce’s military-style jacket and Black Panther-style salute as anti-police.
“I didn’t find any negative connotations with it,” said Beyonce fan Latanya Williams, 24, of West Harlem. “The bullets on the jacket were in homage to Michael Jackson. People are reading too much into it.”
Beyonce’s fans held signs like, “Why are people afraid of Black Pride?” and “Pro black is not anti white.”
“They’re the ones who initiated this whole thing and they’re not even here,” fan Khadija Amon-ra, 45, said of the protest organizers. “They must not be that strong in their beliefs.”
Another man put a ring on it by hula hooping for 20 minutes.
But Tim Winterhawther, 48, one of the few people who turned out to rip the Grammy-winning artist, said the performance was excessive.
“Enough is enough,” said Winterhawther, a wire worker from Jackson Heights, Queens. “I want to show my support for the NYPD. They risk their lives every day for us. Wasn't the performance a little on the extreme side?"