Beyoncé Says She Doesn’t Hate Police, Just Police Brutality…

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On Thursday, Beyoncé finally answered critics of her recent performances and ‘Formation’ video for delivering strongly negative messages towards police officers, and even advocating racial counter-violence.  “Anyone who perceives my message as anti-police is completely mistaken,” Beyoncé told Elle magazine.  “I have so much admiration and respect for officers and the families of officers who sacrifice themselves to keep us safe.”

Beyoncé then continues: “But let’s be clear: I am against police brutality and injustice.  Those are two separate things.”

Two separate things, indeed, though police unions nationwide have expressed concern that this distinction hasn’t been made clear to the roughly 36.3 million viewers of the ‘Formation’ video, not to mention the roughly 112 million viewers of the singer’s Black Panther-inspired Super Bowl 50 Halftime performance.

There’s also the significant amount of time that has passed since the Super Bowl and video release, with little clarification from the singer.  That lag has drawn criticism of a different type of exploitation.  Specifically, is Beyoncé not only failing to make that distinction in her latest work, but recklessly abusing her massive media power at the expense of police officers?

That remains a serious concern of US-based police organizations along with leaders like Rudy Giuliani, all of whom remain deeply unhappy in light of images like these:

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Beyoncé

Beyoncé

 

The issue was first sparked by Beyoncé’s Super Bowl 50 halftime performance, which seemed to celebrate the radical and violent legacy of The Black Panthers.  The black power group, which initially started to combat police oppression, traces its roots to Oakland, just a few miles from the stadium.

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Beyoncé

The spirited performance prompted calls for boycotts of her albums and tour dates, with even the NFL receiving heavy criticism for allowing the Halftime performance in the first place.

Beyonce has not discussed the matter beyond the Elle interview this week.

10 Responses

  1. Mic Owl Jacks In

    There’s only a big issue here, which has been proven time and again over the years: the way the police itself sees it, any and all stand against police brutality = anti-police, period. If there was to be a corporativist ranking, I’d wager the police would appear way high on the list.

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  2. Anonymous

    Well she certainly let that “controversy” simmer for a long ass time…

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  3. Courtney

    I think she made her point clear when she explicitly stated it in the Elle interview.

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  4. Hope

    What a bias article.
    She took ages to address it because nothing in the video or in her performance insighted police hate. Addressing it would mean it there was truth in it and there isn’t!
    The black panthers may have had some violent associations but they in no way stood for violence. They stood for black empowerment and black unity.
    Why is it that people are threatened by a black woman showing her pride and empowering her people?

    What a trash article.

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    • Anonymous

      Perhaps the initial charter of the Black Panther party in the 60s was noble, but the organization does have a very violent reputation and legacy. The interesting thread is the focus on police brutality, though, few would say the Panthers were a peaceful organization.

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      • Hope

        Did it not just come out the other day that the Nixon administartion created a war on drugs to criminilize black people at the time when the Black Panther party was most prevailant. The FBI targeted members of the party with the intent of destroying their legacy and what they stood for.
        Dont be an idiot, read more, learn more. Try to not be so biased.
        What they stood for was black empowerment, when Beyonce referenced them at the superbowl that’s what she was refrencing, unity amongst black people, power, strength.

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    • Annoyed By Ignorance

      ^ seconded. Extremely bias article. Click-bait material at best.

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  5. rikki

    what a fake there is no police brutality when black people stand still……

    black criminal lives matter…well no beyonceee not to most Americans

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