Beyonce has a message for the law-enforcement community: She doesn’t dislike all of you, just the crooked ones.
“Single Ladies” chanteuse Beyonce took on the controversy over her song “Formation” in an interview with Elle published on Monday, touting her “admiration and respect for officers.”
However, she emphasized, “I am against police brutality and injustice.”
The singer kicked up a storm with her Super Bowl performance of “Formation.” The performance evoked the Black Panthers movement, with the backup dancers wearing berets and pumping their fists in the air.
While fans praised the performance for its bravery, the show drew criticism as well, including from former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, who called it “outrageous.”
“This is football, it’s not Hollywood, and I thought it was really outrageous that she used it as a platform to attack police officers who are the people who protect her and protect us, and keep us alive,” Giuliani huffed.
The accompanying video, released the day before the Super Bowl performance, also featured provocative imagery, including a New Orleans police cruiser submerged in a flood.
Asked about the reaction to “Formation,” the singer responded. “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.”
While expressing her admiration for law-enforcement in general, Beyonce went on to condemn police brutality.
“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.”
The singer concluded, “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.”