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Beyonce on feminism, the message of 'Formation' in rare Elle interview

Two months after the video release and Super Bowl halftime performance of “Formation,” Beyoncé is finally responding to the critics who deemed her message in the song as “divisive” and an attack on police offers. The entertainer, who is expected to release a brand new album later this year, addressed critics of her racially-charged single in a revealing new interview with Elle Magazine.

“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,” she said to Elle.

“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. 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.”

Later on in the interview, Beyoncé explained what feminism means to her and opened up about what she’s learned about being a boss woman.

“Choosing to be a feminist has nothing to do with your femininity—or, for that matter, your masculinity,” she said to Elle. We're not all just one thing. Everyone who believes in equal rights for men and women doesn't speak the same, or dress the same, or think the same. If a man can do it, a woman should be able to. It's that simple. 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.

Check out the full interview on Elle

Photo Credit:  PAOLA KUDACKI