Beyoncé on 'Formation' Backlash: 'Anyone Who Perceives My Message as Anti-Police Is Completely Mistaken'

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Beyoncé is speaking out on the controversy surrounding her “Formation” music video and the backlash she received after some people (and police unions) took the video to be anti-police.

In her new interview with Elle magazine, she makes it clear that her message is NOT anti-police and that anyone who thinks that is mistaken.

She says:

 “I think the most powerful art is usually misunderstood. But anyone who perceives my message as anti-police is completely mistaken. I have so much admiration and respect for officers and the families of officers who sacrifice themselves to keep us safe. But let’s be clear: I am against police brutality and injustice. Those are two separate things. 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. 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.”

And there it is.

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