*In a rare interview with Elle Magazine published Tuesday, Beyoncé spoke about a number of topics that have kept her in the headlines in recent years – including the accusations that she is anti-police because of her video for “Formation.”
Scenes included the singer standing on a New Orleans Police car as it’s submerged in water.
“I mean, I’m an artist and I think the most powerful art is usually misunderstood. But anyone who perceives my message as anti-police is completely mistaken,” Beyonce said.
“I have so much admiration and respect for officers who sacrifice themselves to keep us safe. But let’s be clear: I am against police brutality and injustice,” she added.
While Bey’s “Formation” song was praised for being unapologetically black, some were rubbed the wrong way. To those critics, she said: “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.”
Beyonce also talked about feminism at length.
“I put the definition of feminist in my song [“Flawless”] and on my tour, not for propaganda or to proclaim to the world that I’m a feminist, but to give clarity to the true meaning,” she told Elle.
She said that men should be feminists as well.
“I’m not really sure people know or understand what a feminist is, but it’s very simple,” she said. “It’s someone who believes in equal rights for men and women. I don’t understand the negative connotation of the word, or why it should exclude the opposite sex. If you are a man who believes your daughter should have the same opportunities and rights as your son, then you’re a feminist. We need men and women to understand the double standards that still exist in this world, and we need to have a real conversation so we can begin to make changes.”
As a parent of a young daughter, Beyoncé said she doesn’t understand why someone wouldn’t want women to be treated equally.
“Ask anyone, man or woman, ‘Do you want your daughter to have 75 cents when she deserves $1?’ What do you think the answer would be?” she told Elle. “When we talk about equal rights, there are issues that face women disproportionately… If your son can do it, your daughter should be able to. Some of the things that we teach our daughters — allowing them to express their emotions, their pain and vulnerability — we need to allow and support our men and boys to do as well.”
Read Bey’s entire Elle interview here.