Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton (D) and Lt. Gov. Tina Smith signed a proclamation Monday officially designating the day “Beyoncé Day” in honor of Houston, Texas native and singer Beyoncé Knowles.
Fans of late rock legend Prince — who was born, raised, educated, lived, and died in Minnesota -— blasted Governor Dayton on social media for honoring Beyoncé with her own day before doing the same for the Purple Rain singer.
“Beyoncé Day” was declared just hours before the controversial singer’s “Formation” concert stop on Monday in Minneapolis. The proclamation praised Beyoncé for her impact on “many young girls and women with powerful, positive messages in her songs.”
— Governor Mark Dayton (@GovMarkDayton) May 23, 2016
The declaration was well intended. The reaction was harsh. Most people questioned why Beyoncé was given a day dedicated to her before Minnesota’s own legendary performer, Prince.
I would have rather Minnesota declare a Prince day instead of Beyonce day.. Like wtf??
— Quinn (@QuinnAakre) May 24, 2016
Minnesota , Y'all better TF not give Beyoncé her own day before PRINCE. I'll boycott that shit so fast lmao
— . (@IAMQUEEN_E) May 24, 2016
…I'll wait. 😒
— ILLY MCPHATIC (@Illphatic) May 24, 2016
Minnesota made a Beyoncé day but ain't even do shit for prince and he just died. Smh. Beyoncé trash
— 🗝 (@jalenflames_) May 24, 2016
So you're telling me we have a Beyoncé day in Minnesota but we don't have a prince day??
— Jado Hark (@iknowjado) May 24, 2016
I'm sorry this is ridiculous. PRINCE Day is what the state should declare! It's like a slap in the face to the… https://t.co/bVI0vRAgrR
— Patty Mattson (@PattyMattson) May 24, 2016
Minnesota got the nerve to have Beyoncé day, yet Prince didn't even get a half a day yet? SMH WTF I GOTTA SLAP?
— COMEDY WRITER (@boima_bfree) May 24, 2016
One Facebook user pointed out Beyoncé’s “racially charged Super Bowl halftime show.”
Indeed, four months before Beyoncé dropped her Black Lives Matter-themed album, Lemonade, she came under fire for her racially-charged Super Bowl halftime performance, in which the pop star performed the song “Formation” alongside a slew of backup dancers dressed in Black Panthers paraphernalia. Beyoncé led her band of backup dancers to form an X in the middle of Levi’s Stadium in an apparent tribute to Malcolm X.
Several Pittsburgh police officers have reportedly refused to work security for Beyoncé’s May 31 concert at Heinz Field, due to what they call the singer’s anti-police lyrics.
Many Facebook users expressed anger over Governor Dayton’s decision to honor Beyoncé, after she “promoted violence against police” and law enforcement officials.
After the Minneapolis-St. Paul local Fox News affiliate posted the “Beyoncé Day” new to its Facebook page, Minnesota residents didn’t hesitate to broadcast their collective rage toward Governor Mark Dayton.
In the hours after Prince’s death, on April 21, the world turned purple. It actually rained in Minneapolis, as chronicled by the Minnesota Twins Twitter account:
Fitting that it's raining in Minneapolis today. pic.twitter.com/s5KFurDhHi
— Minnesota Twins (@Twins) April 21, 2016
The fury over “Beyoncé Day” was also evident on Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton’s official Facebook page. Hundreds reacted, and many Minnesotans questioned Governor Dayton’s sanity while others said they’ve never been more ashamed of their own state.