These days, there is no shortage of Beyoncé news. A little over a week after getting flak for lip-synching the national anthem at Obama’s inauguration, Beyoncé killed it at the Super Bowl halftime performance.
The Twitterverse overwhelmingly applauded Queen Bey’s medley of old and new hits last night, especially when she was joined on stage by her old comrades from Destiny’s Child.
But just as she was wrapping up, Beyoncé made a symbol in the shape of a triangle, using only her fingers. While many, including Yahoo Sports, figured that “she was showing some love to her husband Jay-Z’s Roc-A-Fella Records, which uses the diamond as its symbol,” others proffered Illuminati rumors. (And some sorority girls squealed that Beyoncé just gave Tri-Delta a shout-out on national television.)
The native Houstonian has been believed to be a part of the Illuminati, a secret society spearheaded by the cultural elite and dating back to the late 18 th century. Historically, the Bavarian group was for influential thinkers and artists seeking to infiltrate every aspect of society—finance, politics, art, etc.—in order to institute a New World Order.
Its modern function is a bit more simplistic: those rumored to be tied to the Illuminati (and that list curiously includes rappers, George W. Bush, and the Pope) hide their membership in the top-secret organization by flashing telltale Illuminati signs on the world’s biggest stages (aka, Beyoncé’s triangle at the Super Bowl.)
Other imagery suspected of being Illuminati symbols? The goat-adorned clothing and accessories in music videos and songs by Rihanna and Lady Gaga. The goat supposedly pays homage to Baphomet, a pagan idol connected with Satanism. There are entire websites devoted to recording instances of conspiratorial, Illuminati-themed emblems in present-day pop culture. Some YouTube videos accuse former Texas Congressman Ron Paul of being an Illuminati fixture. And don’t forget the President.
One libertarian-rooted group, the “Elect a New Congress” super PAC, is so convinced of Beyoncé’s affiliation with the Illuminati that they boycotted the halftime performance, cautioning viewers about Beyoncé’s “subliminal message.”
Some even took to Twitter to suggest that the 34-minute power outage at the Super Dome was somehow linked to Beyoncé’s sign.