As Beyonce takes the stage in tonight’s Super Bowl, am I the only one wondering what the hell happened to her? Gone is the international superstar who shot to fame as a solo artist with pop cross over hits like “Crazy in Love,” “Upgrade” and “Halo.” There’s seemingly no trace of the talented hitmaker who made empowerment songs about girls running the world and single ladies.
Something has changed dramatically for Beyonce. What happened to the upbeat anthems fit for all ages? Since her wildly successful album “4” in 2011, Beyonce’s music has taken a drastic turn in both style and content. Rife with X-rated lyrics, overtly sexual images and off-the-charts arrogance, Beyonce has now resorted to telling “bitches” to “Bow Down” and introduced a generation of young women to what it means to have a man “Monica Lewinsky” all over their gown. Wait, what?
For years, Bae was celebrated as a role model. And she was for many young girls of all ages and ethnicities. Not so much as of late. From her tacky strip tease performance at the VMA’s with her young daughter in the audience, to her songs about just wanting to be the “girl you like,” Beyonce has moved away from respectability to raunchy.
In her latest release, “Formation,” Beyonce features her four-year-old daughter in a another song that talks about “bitches,” and if a man sexes her good enough, she’ll reward him with a “trip to Red Lobster “and a ride in her “chopper.” Does anyone else find this inappropriate?
Besides the in-your-face, race-based lyrics referencing “negro nostrils,” Beyonce injects a political message surrounding the tension between the police and the black community. In the video, police officers line up in riot formation, put their hands up symbolic of the “hands up, don’t shoot” Black Lives Matter movement, followed by a graffiti written message of “stop killing us.”
Unfortunately, Beyonce is perpetuating misinformation. It’s already been proven by the Department of Justice (commanded by Barack Obama and Eric Holder), that “hands up, don’t shoot” never happened in the Michael Brown case.
Although there may be legitimate issues with police interactions in many black communities, it’s is patently false to claim there is an epidemic of unarmed, innocent young black men being killed by police. The statistics just do not support that assertion.
Unfortunately, the greatest threat to young black men in this country are other young black men. The latest Bureau of Justice report shows 93% of black male homicides are at the hands of other black males. Only 0.04% by police officers. This represents a cultural problem within the black community that requires a much more uncomfortable conversation of self-reflection than scapegoating the police.
Why Beyonce has decided to go down the path of trashy sexual themes and racially divisive messages is beyond me. It’s no doubt alienating large swaths of the fanbase that made her a worldwide sensation. She’s certainly no longer interested in promoting messages of unity, empowerment or role model behavior. She used to be so much better than this. It looks like Sasha Fierce is here to stay.
Tara is Voices editor for Bold. She is a CNN Political Commentator, Hamilton Foundation Distinguished Fellow, one time co-host of Real News and former Communications Director on Capitol Hill. Tara focuses her common sense conservative commentary and analysis on political issues that impact America's future.
almost positive this has some influence from her and her husbands involvement with the 5 percenters
Well said. I use to think what a roll model she was. Then the last cd came out and I thought omg!
Gtf. Beyonce is awesome. You’re just mad because she’s standing up for black people
okay… call it upstanding. A very upstanding woman. you do know the police were there to protect her?
What does that have to do with anything? I would hope police are there to protect her…thats their job. Their job HOWEVER is not murdering or treating people of color differently. What you and people like you dont understand is that being anti police brutality has nothing to do with anti police. As a matter of fact anyone who wont see that and instead chooses to see anti cop from her message is approving of police brutality., Its that simple. Stop making an issue where there isnt one.
Sorry, thats not standing up for black people when your supporting the racist hateful groups. Educate yourself on the real goings on and what they are preaching, of the Black Panther Party and the Black Lives Matter. If thats who black people support, then in is no better than whites supporting the Skin Heads and the KKK.
Nothing about the original BPP or the BLM is comparable to the KKK. So just stop it. Asking the police to end police brutality is not in any shape or form the same as murdering, terrorizing, raping or lynching black people…KKK activity.
According to the FBI, In 2014, 83% of whites murdered were murdered by whites, while 90% of blacks murdered were murdered by blacks. Yet, you state that this is indicative of a “cultural problem” in the black community. Compare the conviction rate for blacks who commit violent crimes to the conviction rate for white law enforcement officers who commit violent crimes and you’ll understand the injustice being addressed by the Black Lives Matter movement. Remember the international outcry for justice for Cecil the Lion? I don’t recall Jimmy Kimmel crying on national television for Sandra Bland.