Beyonce: I’m NOT “Anti-Police”

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Beyonce Formation Anti Police

By Andrew Shuster

Beyonce Formation Anti Police

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Beyonce opens up for the first time in a new interview about the controversy surrounding her new song, “Formation,” and the perception that it’s anti-police. The singer insists that her message is “against police brutality and injustice,” and not the officers who “keep us safe.”

As Gossip Cop reported, Beyonce’s “Formation” music video addressed the Black Lives Matter movement, while her performance of the song at Super Bowl 50 paid homage to the Black Panthers. As a result, the singer was hit with a ton of backlash from police unions and some citizens who believed she was bashing law enforcement. But Beyonce is now clearing up the confusion, telling Elle, “I think the most powerful art is usually misunderstood. But anyone who perceives my message as anti-police is completely mistaken.”

Beyonce goes on to express her “admiration and respect for officers and the families of the officers who sacrifice themselves to keep us safe.” But she wants to make it clear that she’s “against police brutality and injustice,” which isn’t the same thing as being anti-police. “If celebrating my roots and culture during Black History Month made anyone uncomfortable, those feelings were there long before a video and long before me,” she adds. “I’m proud of what we created and I’m proud to be part of a conversation that is pushing things forward in a positive way.”

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