Beyoncé Seeks to Clarify Perception That She is Anti-Police

Photo: Formation video via

Photo: Formation video via

One of the world's most popular entertainers sought to clarify what has been perceived as the promotion of anti-police rhetoric in a broad-ranging interview released on Tuesday.

Beyoncé said in an interview in Elle Magazine that her song Formation was not anti-police, but rather, anti-police brutality.

"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," the singer said.

She continued, "But let’s be clear: I am against police brutality and injustice. Those are two separate things."

Beyoncé earned the scorn of police officers and unions after debuting her song at the Super Bowl in February. Many felt that the imagery of the video and lyrics were promoting broad anti-police sentiments. Some unions even went so far as to call for a boycott of Beyoncé's tour. 

It remains to be seen how members of the law enforcement community will respond to the latest development in the ongoing Beyoncé saga.


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