Toronto councillor asks if Beyoncé could be banned from Canada
[In this Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, file photo, Beyonce performs during halftime of the NFL Super Bowl 50 football game in Santa Clara, Calif. Matt Slocum/AP]
Even though it was the Denver Broncos who took the Superbowl on Sunday, it was Beyoncé who stole the show.
Due to her show-stopping performance, she may be en route to getting banned from Canada – if Toronto councillor Jim Karygiannis has anything to say about it.
The pop star is slated to play at the Rogers Centre in Toronto as a part of her Formation tour in a few months.
But Karygiannis took exception to her performance, the Toronto Sun reports. During the spot, Beyoncé gave shout-outs to the Black Panthers and Malcolm X. She also wore a bullet vest that was somewhat of a tribute to Michael Jackson’s 1993 halftime performance.
Karygiannis, who said that he wouldn’t ban her based on the halftime show alone, suggested that maybe “Immigration Minister John McCallum should have her investigated first?”
The Toronto city councillor suggested “she or [some of her dancers] could be found not eligible to enter this country,” if it’s discovered that they financially support the New Black Panthers.
“If someone wore bullets and supported [a radical group] here, they would not be welcomed in the United States – that’s for sure.”
But when Vice News reached out for some clarification on his comments, Karygiannis told them that he doesn’t care “whether she comes” or “doesn’t come.”
“If people are offended with what she’s wearing, [Immigration Minister McCallum’s office] is where it should be addressed,” Karygiannis said. “If you’re offended, don’t let her in.”
Beyoncé still has yet to announce a release date for her upcoming as-yet-untitled sixth studio album.