Beyonce has revealed she has ‘respect for officers in general’ but she’s ‘against police brutality’ while defending her formation video which caused so much backlash especially from police officers.
The 34 year-old said ”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”, while fielding questions in the May issue of Elle magazine.
Bey is facing a probable boycott of security officers for one of her shows in April after some said her single ‘Formation’ was anti-police.
Queen Bey said the reaction she’s getting doesn’t come as much a surprise, noting: ‘I mean, I’m an artist, and I think the most powerful art is usually misunderstood.’
Regarding talks about her being labeled ‘anti-police’, she did set the record straight though;she said: ‘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’.
The star who asserts she is one of the most powerful arts continued: ‘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’.
If the song ‘Formation’ was already gathering dust specks of criticism, Beyonce’s outstanding performance at Super Bowl 50’s halftime show, turned it to a full wind.
Her controversial performance was inspired by her backup dancers who dressed as the Black Panthers – representing members of militant defense group from the Sixties.
NY Mag confirmed an anonymous group organized a rally outside the NFL building on February 16.
They alleged Beyonce’s Super Bowl performance was actually a ‘race-baiting stunt’.
When it was time for the rally, everyone at the rally showed mad support for the Queen with only two people out of thousands standing as detractors. Not a good thing to be ‘anti-Bey’.
Beyonce is known for speaking up for certain causes such ‘Black Lives Matter and feminism’, though she insists on not sticking to labels.
She said: ‘I don’t like or embrace any label. I don’t want calling myself a feminist to make it feel like that’s my one priority, over racism or sexism or anything else.
I’m just exhausted by labels and tired of being boxed in. If you believe in equal rights, the same way society allows a man to express his darkness, to express his pain, to express his sexuality, to express his opinion – I feel that women have the same rights’.