After Beyoncé’s Super Bowl halftime performance of her new song “Formation,” she was heavily criticized as being “anti-police.” She recently spoke with Elle magazine and put those “anti-police” rumors to rest.
Beyoncé said, “I mean, I’m an artist and I think the most powerful art is usually misunderstood. But anyone who perceives my message as anti-police is completely mistaken.” She continued to explain, “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.”
When asked about those who criticized her performance as being racially charged, Beyoncé explained that she is proud of her roots and is proud to be a part of the conversation in positively moving forward. “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,” Beyoncé stated.