Beyoncé Dishes On 'Formation' Backlash, Power & Being A Feminist In 'Elle' - Celebrity Bug


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Beyoncé Dishes On 'Formation' Backlash, Power & Being A Feminist In 'Elle'

Beyoncé, who is expected to release her new album soon, models her new Ivy Park activewear line for the May 2016 issue of Elle magazine, where she dishes on controversy surrounding "Formation", what she feels true power is and being a feminist. Read excerpts beneath:

On "Formation" Backlash:
"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 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. 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."

On The True Meaning Of Power:
"It's exciting, but having the power to make every final decision and being accountable for them is definitely a burden and a blessing. To me, power is making things happen without asking for permission. It's affecting the way people perceive themselves and the world around them. It's making people stand up with pride."

On Criticism That Being Sexual Keeps You From Being A Feminist:
"We all know that's not true. Choosing to be a feminist has nothing to do with your femininity—or, for that matter, your masculinity. 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."

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