The politically charged video for Beyonce’s “Formation” and her subsequent performance of the song at the Super Bowl may not have been a hit with cops, with some police officers branding the song anti-police, but that clearly isn’t the case with Virginia deputy sheriff Deuntay Diggs.
Diggs, in fact, is a Beyonce super-fan, which he proved by absolutely nailing Queen Bey’s choreography from the video while performing at a pep rally at North Stafford High School in Virginia last week.
Video of the performance quickly went viral, and Diggs — who says he is the first openly gay deputy to serve at the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office — told Buzzfeed that the idea to perform “Formation” is meant to encourage students to express themselves creatively while opening dialogue between teenagers and the police.
“The reason I’m doing this is to show kids that they can make it, that they can survive, that they can be successful,” he said. “I’ve been very fortunate, at this time when people look negatively upon law enforcement, that I’m able to change that narrative and open up some conversations and engage with people.”
In addition, video of Diggs’ performance have been making the rounds on Twitter and Instagram: