It was not — repeat, not — Beyonce’s fault. It turns out that the Super Bowl’s half-time performer brought her own generator to the Superdome in New Orleans. She was not to blame for the 34-minute blackout that followed soon after her performance, plunging half the stadium into darkness and contributing, perhaps, to the San Francisco 49ers’ short-lived surge against the Baltimore Ravens.
A few days and many press conferences later, there is no definitive answer to what happened. The Ravens eventually won the game, making the blackout seem less of a decisive episode. But the rampant speculation that Beyonce’s electric performance may have literally knocked the lights out is a sad comment on how people respond to unexpected events. Someone must be at fault; a single source of failure must explain it all.