Beyonce Getting Backlash Over Silence On Nigeria’s Protests

CELEBRITY NEWS - Karen Smith Article


In 2020, many people are gathering together to protest against social injustices. It is all the rage in the United States due to the deaths at the hands of police of the likes of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. In Nigeria, the #EndSars movement has become violent. Armed thugs had attacked protesters at the headquarters of the central bank in the capital, Abuja, in news reports by outlets such as BBC.

It is said according to authorities that people are pretending to be protestors, but are actually vigilante that are looting weapons and torching buildings in southern Edo state. Prisoners were also reported to have escaped from a jail in the state

The protests started about two weeks ago to demand an end to police brutality, with mainly young people using the social media hashtag #EndSars to rally people to demand the closure of the notorious Special Anti-Robbery Squad (Sars).

Beyonce who released “Black Is King” during the summer is receiving backlash for her silence on the matter. The reason being that she used African culture throughout her latest project with the aesthetics and some even accused the Houston singer of appropriation. Many jumped on social media to discuss the silence of “Queen Bey”.

Beyonce’s publicist gave a public statement saying, “Not all social activists live on social media. Actions speak louder than words”, and of course to some people this was not enough addressing the problem.

Publicist for Beyonce