You silly peons, she’s just “misunderstood”, you’re “uncomfortable”, and you just don’t understand what feminism means!
From People Magazine: It’s been months since Beyoncé instructed us all to “get in formation.” Now, the supermogul is opening up about the powerful, symbolic and, to some, controversial message. “I mean, I’m an artist and I think the most powerful art is usually misunderstood,” the singer, 34, said in a new interview with Elle for their May issue. “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 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. 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.”
This year has been a busy one for Beyoncé. In just two months, the singer has dropped her new music video and song, delivered a show-stopping Super Bowl 50 halftime show performance, announced her world tour and, most recently, debuted her new clothing line, Ivy Park – “For me, it won’t be real until I see women at the gym, in the park, on the street wearing the collection, sweating in it, and loving it,” she said – (and her highly-anticipated album is expected to be released any day now). But the star is already thinking about the next phase of her career: creating art “that helps people heal.” In her effort to encourage and uplift fans, Queen Bey has been sure to display one of her particular passions: feminism.
“I’m not really sure people know or understand what a feminist it, but it’s very simple. It’s someone who believes in equal rights for men and women,” she told Elle noting that she featured the word and definition in her 2013 hit “Flawless” “not for propaganda … but to give clarity to the true meaning.”
“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.” She added: “Ask anyone, man or woman, ‘Do you want your daughter to have 75 cents when deserves $1?’ What do you think the answer would be?”