Will the real Beyoncé please stand up?
Over the years, I have heard so many adjectives describing Beyoncé, ranging from the harmless (beautiful, successful, amazing etc.) to the laughable (feminist, visionary, timeless) to the recently outright ridiculous (“Queen Beyoncé”… I’m still shaking my head when it comes to that one, simply because nobody, in my opinion, should be idolised, but we’ll get to that in a minute.) To all those fanatics that slurp her every movement and action, I have to ask you, do you think it’s possible that she isn’t this angel that you make her out to be? Is it possible that this whole image that she has created is a giant, astronomical charade?
Some of you might be wondering what in God’s name am I rambling on about this time. The reality is I am dealing with people that view her as an idol, so I have to go very slowly as to not insult or offend such a fan base. Allow me to tell you a brief story: About, oh I don’t know, about 9 months ago, I was at the gym (I think I just blew my only opportunity to use “Once upon a time” in my blog) and some horrific song came on the TV there. I said to my friend at the time that music today is ALL about image, and the actual song itself does not matter anymore. He disagreed, and I challenged him to name 5 current artists whose music would still be played 5 years from now. He named such modern day idiots “Icons” like Lady Gaga (lol) and Macklemore (I wish I was making this up…) before he got to Beyoncé. I said to him that her songs are completely over-rated and was a prime example of what I was saying. Just look at the lyrics of Girls or Single Ladies and try telling me that she is a transcendent musician, and if you take away this perception of who she is as a person, suddenly her music appears to be very ordinary. Now during the conversation, I wish I took photos of some of the looks I was getting from girls at the gym who were eavesdropping on us. They were clearly offended by someone even entertaining the thought that she was anything but perfect.
Here’s a newsflash for everyone: if something warrants that kind of praise, then it should be able to withstand criticism without being offended. If you get offended over something so trivial, then that’s usually a result of insecurity because A) you know it’s not the truth, but want to believe in a lie, or B) You simply don’t know enough about the topic and you’ve just followed the crowd into believing something. And with this, we find ourselves back with Beyoncé; this revolutionary and ground-breaking entertainer, a woman who stands up for equality and what she believes in. No one can possibly argue against this, right? Well, you be (oh, delicious puns) the judge.
There’s an old saying that actions speak louder than words. So rather than regurgitating some prepared statement (that she probably didn’t even write herself) about sexism in society, let’s have a closer look at her recent actions at the Grammy’s, where she and her Husband Sean Carter (Otherwise known as Jay- Z) referenced (and celebrated) domestic violence by rapping about a scene from “what’s love got to do with it” (A movie about Tina Turner) where a woman is abused. Here’s the lyrics that were performed by him, with her echoing them:
“I’m like Ike Turner, turn up baby, no I don’t play. Now eat this cake, Anna Mae (who is Tina Turner’s real name). I Said, Eat the cake Anna Mae!” And here is a link from the movie on Youtube, just so there can be no confusion on the context.
Now let me be the first to point out that I didn’t pick up on this (probably because I didn’t even watch the show), but when I saw people talking about it on twitter, I had to check it out just to make sure there wasn’t a mistake. It turns out completely legit and massive Kudos to those who picked up on a very outdated reference and blasted her for this. The only thing I wish is that he was as big of a target in all of this, as it is equally appalling for him to participate in this (for lack of a better word) celebration of domestic violence. He has had a long and storied history of disrespecting women (calling them “bitches” and “hoes” consistently throughout his career), and the fact that she married him despite this is a form of condoning (or at the very least, an acceptance) of inequality towards females. And despite this, people want to call her a Queen? Are you fucking kidding me?
I have to wonder when the Beyoncé worship will actually stop. In my opinion, there is absolutely no difference between her and Miley Cyrus or Kim Kardashian or Justin Bieber or any other raging narcissist out there. She does it all for attention, and as her husband would say, “it’s all about the Benjamins baby”, so to all her fans that believe she is some kind of God, I have one very simple piece of advice: Wake up to yourselves. There is no difference between here and those aforementioned celebrities that are usually condemned for their shameless attempts at gaining attention.