Beyoncé is set to be featured on the cover of the latest issue of Elle Magazine, and she took the time to address various criticism, including backlash towards her latest music video, “Formation.” When the video initially released, it geared fans up for a new album from the singer after being away for some time. However, many were not pleased with images in Beyoncé’s video, which made references to the Black Lives Matter movement, along with critiquing police officers’ excessive use of force.
The singer didn’t shy away from those who were upset, saying:
“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. 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.”