Beyonce: Formation


“Formation” (2016) is a song and music video by Beyonce. It appeared out of the blue on a Saturday afternoon, February 6th – the day before the Super Bowl, where she performed it to kick off her hitherto-unknown world tour. The Super Bowl, the American football championship, has the biggest audience of any television show in the US. This year 112 million watched, a third of the country.

Memorable lines (in addition to the one about Red Lobster):

“My daddy Alabama, Momma Louisiana
You mix that Negro with that Creole make a Texas bamma
I like my baby hair, with baby hair and Afros
I like my Negro nose with Jackson 5 nostrils
Earned all this money but they never take the country out me
I got hot sauce in my bag, swag”

Amazing words coming out of the mouth of someone who has been so determinedly a colourless American…

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