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Beyoncé Addresses Formation Controversy in ELLE Interview


Photo Credit: Paola Kudacki for ELLE

Beyonce is clearing the air. After sparking much controversy with her new song “Formation,” the singer addresses the matter in a new excerpt from her ELLE magazine cover story.

Queen Bey acknowledges those who felt her song and accompanying Super Bowl performance had an anti-law enforcement tone.

“I’m an artist and I think the most powerful art is usually misunderstood,” she explained. “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.”

Beyonce also aimed to celebrated Black History Month with her February release. “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,” she added. “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.”

The ELLE issue featuring the Beyonce cover story is out April 19.

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