Beyoncé: 'Anyone Who Perceives My Message as Anti-Police Is Completely Mistaken'
Beyoncé wants everyone to know she’s not “anti-police.”
Months after her controversial halftime show at Super Bowl 50 upset many police officers, the singer is speaking out on another provocative performance, this time of her single, “Formation.”
The music video contains scenes of Beyoncé lying atop a sinking police cruiser in New Orleans.
mood: beyonce laying on the sinking cop car pic.twitter.com/Gk6Ymn5YhG
— ˗ˏˋ ISAIAH ˎˊ˗ (@isaiahsmithx) February 17, 2016
It also shows a young African-American boy dancing in front of a line of cops before putting his hands up in surrender, prompting them to do the same.
The clip then cuts to the line, “Stop shooting us.”
Beyonce: Shows video with cops with hands up for 3 seconds and stop killing us. Sinks cop car.
— Mango Sorbaé (@BienSur_JeTaime) February 20, 2016
But “anyone who perceives my message as anti-police is completely mistaken,” the star declared in an interview with Elle magazine published this week.
“I'm an artist and I think the most powerful art is usually misunderstood.”
“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.”
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