By Jonathan Hailey
Beyoncé caused quite a stir when she dropped the song and video for “Formation” back in February. Some deemed it anti-police which led to Javier Ortiz, the president of the Miami Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge #20, to announce his union voted to boycott Beyoncé’s Miami Formation Tour stop. Ortiz hoped other police unions would follow suit, but it looks like his plan didn’t work.
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According to a Miami New Times article, there will be no boycott when Queen Bey kicks off her tour tonight (April 27th) in Miami’s Marlins Park. Officer Ernest Lawrence, spokesperson for the Miami Police Department stated, “There was no one who had to be put in on a voluntary basis.” Lawrence also confirmed “the concert will be fully staffed.”
Bey shot down any notion “Formation” was anti-police in an interview with Elle Magazine. She explained:
“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 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.”
This is another win for the unstoppable pop juggernaut that is Beyoncé.