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The Complaints the FCC Got Because of Super Bowl 50

Lots of Beyoncé hate.

Beyoncé at the Super Bowl. (Photo: Arnie Papp/CC BY 2.0)

A version of this story originally appeared on Muckrock.com.

The FCC has released 45 complaints it received regarding Super Bowl 50, mostly concerning the half-time show. And if you’ve seen the Saturday Night Live sketch “The Day Beyoncé Turned Black,” you already have a pretty good idea of where this is going.

Yes, the overwhelming majority of complaints were directed at Beyoncé’s performance of “Formation,” which was labeled divisive…

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disgraceful…

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disgraceful and disgusting…

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disgraceful and offensive…

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racist…

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racist (sic)…

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anti-police…

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anti-family…

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anti-America…

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anti-everything that isn’t the Black Panthers, really…

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And most damning of all, sorely lacking in “Single Ladies.”

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A few complaints didn’t even bother to provide any details beyond “Beyoncé,” as if she had become her own transcendental signifier for Middle American fury.

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It wasn’t all Bey-rage, however - you have some legitimate gripes about the deaf community getting snubbed…

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this somewhat less legitimate gripe about being haunted by the ghost of Michael Jackson’s junk…

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concerns about the oversexualization of animals and animal hybrids…

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and this guy, our Superbowl 50 FCC complaint MVP:

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Read the full complaints here.