CNN Legal Analyst Praises Beyonce’s Super Bowl Performance: ‘Extremely Brave’

On February 9’s The View on ABC, the panel opened the show by discussing Beyonce’s Super Bowl performance with its racially charged theme invoking both Black Lives Matter and the Black Panthers. Co-host  and CNN legal analyst Sunny Hostin was the first one to step up and gush over the pop star’s “extremely brave” performance.

“I think it was clear that she was being sort of unapologetically socially conscious,” Hostin began, noting the back up dancers costumes and raised fists were homages to the Black Panthers, a radical socialist black rights group from the 60s. She also noted the dancers held a "Black Lives Matter" sign during the performance.

Hostin continued her praise: “I actually was really impressed with it. I thought it was extremely brave to have someone that's an A-lister that has such a huge following and a platform to be socially conscious.”

Yes, it must be super hard for the extremely popular millionaire, to make a political stand on an issue that most of her fan base agrees with.

Hostin concluded by saying she appreciated Beyonce for taking a stance on something that no one wants to talk about. “We are in the middle of a social justice crisis in our country,” she lamented.

This isn’t the first time Hostin has revealed her far-left opinions on The View. On January 29, Hostin reveled in the GOP candidates being put to the test with video clips of their own past statements during the last GOP debate. She raved, “I just loved that because we often hear about, like, police brutality cases where you see the video and then even tries to convince you that, like, your lying eyes are deceiving you. Well, that couldn’t really happen this time.”

Hostin also blamed the Planned Parenthood shooting in November on the GOP’s rhetoric on abortion. “The bottom line is there was a lot of rhetoric out there and people need to be more accountable for what comes out of their mouth,” she said on Nov. 30.  She continued, “The bottom line there is, yes, that is sort of tossing fuel onto something that's already very, very flammable.”  

See the transcript from the February 9 segment of ABC’s The View below:

HOSTIN: I think it was clear that she was being sort of unapologetically socially conscious. Because if you look at some of the tweets that were sent out, her mother had her fist up along with the dancers and they also had a sign that said “black lives matter.” So I actually was really impressed with it. I thought it was extremely brave to have someone that's an a-lister that has such a huge following and a platform to be socially conscious because the bottom line is people don't want to talk about it but we are in the middle of a social justice crisis in our country.

[ Applause and agreement from panel ]

HOSTIN: We are. And for me, when I saw it, I was applauding because I thought, yes, this is the time to talk about it. We're in a political year. Beyonce has been very silent on these issues.

BEHAR: Every time you do something like that people get mad at you. Remember Madonna, like a virgin, and she had religious iconic things there and people turned on her for that. I think you take a chance when you do that.

CAMERON BURE: You do take a chance.

BEHAR: To me what better place to do it than the Super bowl where everybody is watching.

Kristine Marsh
Kristine Marsh
Kristine Marsh is an analyst for the Media Research Center's News Analysis Division.