But she says her 'Formation' video is not anti police

By Dylan Kickham
April 05, 2016 at 05:42 PM EDT

Beyoncé is setting the record straight about the message behind her surprise song and video “Formation.” In an interview with Elle, the singer refutes claims that the song is anti-police.

“Anyone who perceives my message as anti-police is completely mistaken,” Beyoncé says.

“Formation” has undergone scrutiny recently from some groups, alleging that the video is a shot at policemen. When Beyoncé performed the song and honored the Black Panthers movement during the Super Bowl halftime show earlier this year, protestors boycotted the show, calling it “a slap in the fact to law enforcement.”

In response to these accusations, Beyoncé is careful to separate police brutality from law enforcement itself.

“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,” she says.

“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,” Beyoncé goes on. “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.”