Last week, following Beyoncé’s Super Bowl 50 halftime performance and a firestorm of outrage sparked by the Fox News machine, a group of angry folks made plans to protest the singer outside NFL headquarters in New York.
Organizers of the anti-Beyoncé rally called for those offended by her “race-baiting stunt” to “stand together [and] tell the NFL we don’t want hate speech and racism at the Superbowl [sic] ever again.” Regardless of whether the whole thing was a hoax – said organizers never responded to Rolling Stone‘s request for comment – the protest still went on as planned Tuesday morning. And it was a massive flop. According to reports, attendance was so sparse that, initially, it appeared that no one bothered to show up. Eventually, a middle-aged man in New York Giants gear bravely appeared to voice his outrage, later joined by a single volunteer for Ted Cruz’s campaign and eventually, a woman wearing a Seahawks jersey and a “Police” beanie.
The reason for the sparse turnout? Apparently it had something to do with the weather. Or the fact that some people had to work. Or both. Whatever.
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“Some of us are surprised that there are only a couple of us out here today,” Ariel Kohane, the Cruz supporter, said. “It is scheduled from 8 to 4 p.m. – it’s a business day. Also, the weather; the rain turned a lot of people away. You know, 6 p.m. would be a better time. Even lunch time – 12 p.m., 1 p.m.”
That’s too bad, dude.
To make matters worse (or, depending on your viewpoint, better), the protesters were outnumbered by a swath of Beyhive loyalists, who staged an anti-anti-Beyoncé rally of their own. They even waited until all the haters cleared out; even in the rain, Beyonce fans remain strong.