Off the top, let me say this: I’ve loved Beyonce; was right there in my living room watching the Super Bowl, attended a party to view the documentary and sat in admiration on the Mall in Washington when she lip-synched the National Anthem at Inauguration 2013.
I was so proud of her.
However, Queen B’s tripping with this “b” word-laden new song, “Bow Down.” Credibility? Artistry? Nose dive.
Then in May 2012, the First Lady told People Magazine that if she could trade places with anyone, it would be Beyonce. (To be fair, Mrs. Obama stated it was Beyonce’s singing ability she admired).
BUT, let’s be real – the Obamas love the Carters. J and B hosted a private fundraiser for the POTUS; reportedly raising some $4 million in a night.
So with that alone, surely they have an open invite to the White House – including bringing their daughter Blue Ivy to hang out with First Daughters Sasha and Malia.
Will that change now that Beyonce released a song basically saying young girls dream of being in her world, they shouldn’t forget it, respect it and must eventually bow down like the lewd or immoral beings they are? (Webster’s dictionary defines a “bitch” as a lewd or immoral woman or female dogs).
I talked about this on my radio show on News/Talk 1380 WAOK and listeners had drastically differing opinions on Beyonce and her new song.
One woman said that the release of this song was carefully planned and part of her infinite plan to take over the world (referencing the Illuminati Cult). Seriously?
Another woman said “no one wants to be Beyonce” and that Beyonce is not for women’s empowerment.
A male caller commented that “some prefer her as a member of Destiny’s Child” and he never liked the woman or artist she became when she went solo. He also reminded us that she married “a thug”; ending by saying Beyonce is an entertainer, not a singer.
Then one caller said something that really had me thinking. She said that Beyonce was not talking to women like us, but to those women in the music industry that are constantly trying to take her crown, trying to take her off her throne. Criticizing her.
That changes nothing for me.
Shouldn’t new artists – or even established ones – who want to attain her level of success try to? Why do they have to “Bow Down” to her? And why are they bitches?
And if they have criticized her, can’t she take the higher road?
Speaking of positive, some callers did side with Beyonce, touting her as ultra-talented and maintaining she will reign as the best entertainer ever.
Some even said that those artists that criticize her will never sell any records; specifically referencing Keyshia Cole and her recent comments on Twitter: “Can’t stand when people all self righteous when it’s convenient it makes them look good. Lmao! But can still talk [expletive] when convenient too.”
To her point, Beyonce HAS had an otherwise flawless image. She has been a pristine presentation of sisterhood for all women, civic responsibility and family values.
But she has messed it all up with this one.
Might as well have danced drunk on the top of a table at the club while the paparazzi snaps your picture for TMZ.
Same conclusion: Your reputation is tarnished.
And again, just think: In January 2012, Beyonce gave birth to Blue Ivy Carter, after which proud dad Jay-Z recorded a song called “Glory” that included these lyrics: “Before I got in the game, made a change and got rich/I didn’t think hard about using the word bitch/I rapped, I flipped it, I sold it, I loved it/Now with my daughter in this world I curse those that give it.”
So, let me get this right: Jay-Z won’t use the word bitch in his songs but his wife can?!
(You know the one that “Isn’t just your little wife” – according to “Bow Down” – but names her upcoming arena outing The Mrs. Carter Tour).
TIME FOR A CARTER FAMILY MEETING! TONIGHT! And at the top of the agenda: Who’s going to wear the Parental Advisory sticker in the family?
- Mo Ivory, CBS Local