As a conservative, I often find myself having unpopular opinions.
One of these opinions in particular warrants a collective gasp among my peers: I do not like Beyoncé. Last year a friend of mine attempted to explain the artistic merit of her latest album “Lemonade,” and I simply wasn’t impressed. I had to wonder why she is on top in the hierarchy of American celebrities. Let me make my case:
Something I always find perplexing is how the droves of Beyoncé fans describe her as an “inspirational” and “powerful” woman. Even superstar Adele stated last year that “[Beyoncé] is the most inspiring person I’ve ever had the pleasure of worshipping.” Not only is this slightly frightening, it reflects the overall view of the left towards Beyoncé’s status as a celebrity. In their minds, she is one of the most influential figures of our time and the ultimate symbol of the strength of women and minorities.
A Role Model For Women?
I can think of so many other women from history and modern times who are more fit to inspire our young women. Rosa Parks, Malala Yousafzai, Marie Curie, Eleanor Roosevelt, and many, many others. Yet, today’s culture has decided that the scantily clad woman who sings about sex is the pinnacle of female strength.
In December of last year, MTV released an obnoxious video entitled “2017 Resolutions for White Guys.” In said video, one man stated that
“We all love Beyoncé and yeah, she’s black, so of course she cares about black issues.”
For one, we don’t all love Beyoncé. Also, the way she has gone about fighting for racial equality is highly flawed.
What she advocates
She has continued to perpetuate the myth that there is institutionalized racism in modern America, a lie regularly pushed by Hollywood. She famously made a statement against racism at the 2016 Superbowl, where she sang her controversial black power anthem “Formation.” During the performance, Beyoncé and her fellow dancers formed the shape of an “X,” as a nod to black supremacist Malcolm X.
The lyrics of “Formation” are also troubling. One of the verses in the song contains the eloquent statement, “When he **** me good, I take his *** to Red Lobster.” This seems to go against the intention of the song, which is the strength of African American women. It both objectifies women and utilizes black stereotypes, as is apparent in the rest of “Formation” and this lyric.
In defense of Beyoncé, many fans cite her vast talent. She has a good voice, but so do many other female celebrities. She uses what talent she has to make a political statement via poorly worded lyrics. She fails to represent the strength of women and African Americans that the left says she embodies.
In my opinion, Beyoncé is overrated.