Fake Feminist?

There is nothing like a Beyonce concert. The adrenaline rush is something someone only experiences once in a lifetime—people start to get so hyped, they are entertainment in itself to watch. There are thousands of screaming fans with voices so loud it will leave you deaf. In an area so large, it is mind-blowing how someone could attract so many to watch her perform. People of all ages, genders, and races surround me. We are all waiting for the same person—Queen B.

The concert starts. Beyonce illuminates the stage singing one of her classic songs—Run the World (Girls). She’s a force of nature. With her sexy dance moves, and scandalous lyrics, she is an epic entertainer.

I was lucky enough to see B last year at the Budweiser Made in America Festival—she was one of the headliners. It had been a dream of mine to see her ever since I was a little girl—all the way back to the days of Destiny’s Child. Then it dawned on me, she has so many young fans looking up to her now, just the same way I did back then. She was supposedly the “perfect” role model.

Beyonce’s secret album titled Beyonce dropped about two month’s after I saw her in concert at MIA. I was so excited—the secret album was a genius idea. But then I listened to it…

It was catchy, no doubt. But some of the lyrics were also crude, raunchy, and degrading. Now, I do not really know if I am a feminist or not, I guess i’ve never really put much thought into it. But what’s something I do know? Beyonce is not a feminist.

The media perceives her as being the picture perfect, classy woman role model. Her lyrics on Beyonce are really the first time she’s ventured into all-out dirty territory. When you listen to this album, there are lyrics such as:

  • “Can you lick my Skittles, it’s the sweetest in the middle/ Pink is the flavor, solve the riddle”
  • “I fill the tub up halfway then I ride it with my surfboard, surfboard/ Grinding on that wood, grinding, grinding on that wood”
  • “First both of my legs go back on your head, and whatever you want, yeah baby, I’m bad”

and my personal fav…

  • “Now my mascara running, red lipstick smudged/ Yeah, he’s so horny he wants to f—-/ He popped all my buttons and he ripped my blouse/ He Monica Lewinsky-ed all on my gown/ Oh Daddy, Daddy, he didn’t bring the towel/ Oh baby, baby, we better slow it down”

Wait, what?…

I’m sorry, but if I heard a 7 year old little girl sing those lyrics I would be extremely uncomfortable.

How can those lyrics belong to a feminist? That is the complete opposite of feminism if you ask me. She’s subjecting herself to men in these lyrics.

The true meaning of feminism has to be understood correctly, and I don’t think it is.

I understand that Beyonce is a strong and confident woman, on top of being one of the greatest entertainers of our generation. But when you are a strong and confident woman, you don’t need to project these lyrics. It just seems unnecessary.

I get that she is “Sasha Fierce” when she performs on stage, but she’s not Sasha Fierce when she’s in the studio writing and recording these songs. That’s all her.

If Beyonce is a feminist, maybe we need to reevaluate the term.

**DISCLAIMER: I love Beyonce and think she’s awesome. Just because I do not think she’s a feminist, doesn’t mean I don’t like her and her catchy tunes.

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