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SNL has the perfect message for white people upset with Beyoncé

Alex Abad-Santos is a senior correspondent who explains what society obsesses over, from Marvel and movies to fitness and skin care. He came to Vox in 2014. Prior to that, he worked at the Atlantic.

Last week, the day before Super Bowl Sunday, Beyoncé released "Formation," perhaps the most overtly political song of her career. She performed it at the Super Bowl, and crushed her performance.

But the song upset some people, especially white conservatives who were mad that the singers showed pride in her race and skin color, and used Black Lives Matter and Black Panthers imagery in her video and performance.

"You're talking to middle America when you have the Super Bowl," Rudy Giuliani, former mayor of New York City, told Fox News. "Let's have, you know, decent, wholesome entertainment, and not use it as a platform to attack the people who, you know, put their lives at risk to save us."

Lampooning this backlash, Saturday Night Live created a mock trailer, "The Day Beyonce Turned Black." It's a heightened spoof of egregiously ignorant white people coming to the realization that their beloved Beyoncé is a black woman. But it also folds in a sharp, appropriate message.

"Maybe the song isn't for us?" one of the characters (Bobby Moynihan) says.

"But everything is for us," another character (Cecily Strong) replies, driving this point home.

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