Queen Bey gave a rare interview to ELLE magazine that was released today about her “Formation” music video (featuring Big Freedia), the anti-police controversy that came with it, feminism, and her new Ivy Park clothing line. The music video for “Formation” was praised upon its release for being unapologetically black. However, some of the visuals such as Beyoncé standing on a police car as it becomes submerged in water, rubbed some the wrong way.
At the time “Formation” was released, national police unions voiced support of boycotting Beyoncé’s world tour due to her Black Lives Matter-themed Super Bowl performance as well.
But in the interview for ELLE, Beyoncé had this to say on the matter:
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. 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 a part of a conversation that is pushing things forward in a positive way.
There it is. A beautifully crafted statement straight from the Queen.
Read the rest of the interview here!