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Beyoncé on 'Formation' backlash: 'It's not an anti-police song'

Superstar Beyoncé has insisted that the message in her song 'Formation' is not anti-police in any way.

When the icon unveiled the track and subsequently performed it live at the Super Bowl, critics argued that the accompanying music video and live set featured an anti-police message, which she has now addressed.

Speaking to Elle magazine, she explained that it's unfortunately just very common for artists and their lyrics to be misunderstood: "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."

"I have so much admiration and respect for officers and the families of the officers who sacrifice themselves to keeps us safe. But let's be clear, I am against police brutality and injustice. Those are two separate things. 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."

The 'Halo' sensation went onto add: "I'm proud of what we created and I'm proud to be part of a conversation that is pushing things forward in a positive way."

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