Beyonce's Illuminati Sign

Beyonce's Illuminati Sign

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Beyonce's Illuminati Sign refers to a triangle-shaped hand gesture made by singer Beyonce Knowles during the halftime performance at Super Bowl XLVII on February 3rd, 2013. The sign is mainly associated with The Illuminati, a purported secret society consisting of world governments, corporations and celebrities that play an important role in global affairs.


Prior to Beyonce's performance, the founder of SuperPAC Elect a New Congress William Fawell called for a boycott of the halftime show.[1] He asserted that Beyonce's and Jay-Z's music celebrated the "modern criminal police state" and that the performance would be un-American. The morning following the performance, Fawell declared in an email to U.S. News' Washington Whispers blog[2] that the diamond-shaped hand gesture Beyonce made at the end of her performance was proof that she was a part of the Illuminati, a group named after an 18th century secret society that is allegedly part of a conspiracy to create a totalitarian government for the entire globe known as the New World Order.[3]

Prior Associations

This was not the first time Beyonce and her husband Jay-Z (Sean Knowles-Carter) have been associated with the Illuminati. As early as 1998, hip hop culture has been associated with the group, with mentions in songs by Dr. Dre, Jay-Z and Tupac Shakur.[4] In the mid-2000s, Jay-Z began making a diamond-shaped hand gesture known as the "dynasty sign"[5] to represent his label, Roc-A-Fella Records. By 2008, online conspiracy theorists[6] began associating this symbol with the Illuminati, as a reference to the all-seeing eye or Eye of Providence[7] that can be found on the back of the United States one-dollar bill.


In January 2012, the theory that Beyonce and Jay-Z's were associated with the Illuminati came back into fashion after the birth of their daughter, Blue Ivy. Conspiracy theorists on Twitter suggested that her name could be an initialism for "Born Living Under Evil, Illuminati's Very Youngest."[8] In April of that year, two single serving sites titled Jay-Z Illuminati[9] and Beyonce-Illuminati[10] launched, accusing both artists of using the secret society's symbolism for attention while not actually being members of the group.


Throughout Beyonce’s performance during the halftime show, Twitter ran abuzz with speculations of her membership in the Illuminati (shown below) and sped up rapidly after she flashed the hand gesture on stage. As the second half of the game began, many of these tweets were immediately chronicled on Buzzfeed[13] and the Huffington Post[11] shared a screenshot of the gesture with tweets interpreting it as an Illuminati symbol. After the game ended, Buzzfeed[12] spoke with Fawell who said he was not surprised that she used the gesture.

In the two days following the Super Bowl, news of Beyonce's hand gesture was shared on Bleacher Report[14], Yahoo! Sports[15], Discovery News[16], Inquisitr[17], The Examiner[18], the Blaze[19] and BoingBoing[20], though many of these sites concluded she was simply flashing the dynasty sign. On the 5th, conspiracy theory site Vigilant Citizen[21] broke down all of the suspected Illuminati imagery throughout Beyonce's performance, including usage of lights and displays as well as the dresses worn by backup musicians.

Search Interest

External References

[1] Buzzfeed – SuperPAC Calls For Boycott Of Beyonce's “Anti-Liberty” Halftime Show

[2] US News – Super PAC: Yes, Beyonce's Super Bowl Halftime Performance Was the Work of the Illuminati

[3] Wikipedia – New World Order (conspiracy theory): Illuminati

[4] Wikipedia – Illuminati in popular culture: Music

[5] Urban Dictionary – Dynasty Sign

[6] Dj Konservo – New World Order: How Secret Organizations Control Society Through Actors, Musicians and, of course, Politicians (Part 2)

[7] Wikipedia – Eye of Providence

[8] Gawker – Jay-Z and Beyoncé’s Daughter Is Almost Definitely Illuminati

[9] Jay-Z – Home

[10] – Home

[11] Huffington Post – Beyonce Illuminati Meme: Super Bowl Conspiracy Theory Takes Over Internet (PHOTO)

[12] Buzzfeed – SuperPAC founder that boycotted Super Bowl halftime show thinks Bey is in the Illuminati, but “probably a very nice lady.”

[13] Buzzfeed – Did Beyoncé Flash An Illuminati Message At The Super Bowl?

[14] Bleacher Report – Did Beyonce Flash Illuminati Sign or Pay Respect to Jay-Z?

[15] Yahoo! Sports – Did Beyonce flash an Illuminati sign? Why did the Superdome power go out? Your Super Bowl mysteries, solved!

[16] Discovery News – Did Beyonce Flash the Illuminati Sign?

[17] Inquisitr – Did Beyonce Flash Illuminati Signs At The Super Bowl?

[18] The Examiner – Beyonce's Illuminati sign at Super Bowl raises questions


[20] BoingBoing – Beyonce and the Illuminati

[21] Vigiliant Citizen – Super Bowl 2013 Recap: The Illuminati Agenda Continues

[22] Christian Post – Beyonce Knowles' Shoes Spark Illuminati Speculation

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