Now Hear This: Beyoncé On Formation, New Star Wars Trailer and More!
This week in our entertainment news roundup: Beyoncé talks about her “Formation” video, the Internet is simultaneously geeking out over the new Star Wars trailer and bemoaning that it’s got a female lead, Kesha has her abuse claims dismissed because she refused to retract them, a new women-in-comedy site from Elizabeth Banks and more!
No haters, Beyoncé is not anti-police
Everyone remembers Beyoncé’s amazing video for “Formation.” The cut won the hearts of almost everyone with the exception of white conservatives who found it soooo offensive that a Black artist might have opinions about race in the United States. To put the haters to rest, Beyoncé said in a new interview with ELLE that her video wasn’t anti-police:
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 the 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 part of a conversation that is pushing things forward in a positive way.
Being against police brutality and injustice? As Rudy Giuliani called it, outrageous.
Sexists hate the new Star Wars trailer
The official teaser trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has dropped! And Star Wars fans are so excited, they can’t spell the name of the film correctly (they’ve been spelling it Rouge One like it’s a film about makeup)! Unfortunately, though, since this is the internet, so man-babies are upset that Rogue One features a female lead.
This shouldn’t be a surprise, as the man-babies also didn’t like that The Force Awakens wasn’t all white. But this just says to us that the new Star Wars films are doing something right. Here’s hoping the next film features no white men in it, just to piss ’em off. And maybe Luke Skywalker will be gay. God we’d love that.
Kesha Gets a Major Setback
The Kesha saga has just gotten even more maddening. Earlier this week, Kesha admitted that Sony gave her a potential deal: They’d free her from her contract with her accused abuser’s label Kemosabe if she retracted her claims of rape and abuse.