Beyoncé Gives Rare Interview, Schools World On Police Brutality & Black History
Came to slay.
A little while ago a bunch of people got all off Beyoncé because they thought she hated the popo. Law enforcement officers and armchair activists alike called for a boycott of Queen Bey over her "controversial" 'Formation' video and Superbowl performance, both of which called out police brutality.
The 'Formation' clip is full of overt anti-police brutality messages with Bey slaying on top of a submerged police car and the words "Stop Shooting Us" sprayed across a wall. These images are interspersed with various references to black history as Beyoncé sings about loving her heritage and features. The overall message is one of activism that celebrates blackness and condemns discrimination.
Bey's Superbowl performance was a big shout out to black activism, with dancers repping militaristic outfits reminiscent of Black Panther dress and tributes to Malcolm X. This being planet Earth, a few people misinterpreted Bey's message and insisted that she didn't value the work/lives of police officers. Smh, humans.
This week, in a rare interview with Elle, Beyoncé clarified her stance on police brutality.
"I'm an artist and I think the most powerful art is usually misunderstood," she opens. "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."
Bey goes on to say that exposing discomfort that exist around Black History is something she's proud to be part of:
"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."
She topped of the Queen-ness with a very on point comment about feminism:
"If you believe in equal rights, the same way society allows a man to express his darkness, to express his pain, to express his sexuality, to express his opinion—I feel that women have the same rights."
So for anyone who's gonna call out Beyoncé, you best remember that she slay, all day.