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Beyoncé: ‘Formation’ video is not anti-police

Screengrab from Beyoncé's "Formation" video

Screengrab from Beyoncé's "Formation" video

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 a part of a conversation that is pushing things forward in a positive way.”

Beyoncé talks with Elle about her controversial “Formation” video, which some detractors felt fostered an anti-police sentiment.

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