Perhaps I just have Beyonce overload. I won’t deny it. With the Superbowl and the HBO documentary and the Jay-Z/Cuba nonsense I’m kinda over Beyonce at this point. There’s this huge push to make her the icon of our generation but I just can’t get behind it. It has nothing to do with her showmanship. Biotch can put on a show. It has nothing to do with how insufferable she and Jay-Z can be (and they can be super insufferable). The music just isn’t there. And it hasn’t been there. The last two albums have been disappointing. For the alleged heir apparent of Aretha Franklin/Michael Jackson the music has to speak first. I can’t sing along to every song on the CD like I can to Adele’s nor run to every dance song like I can Rihanna’s. This could just be my problem. Music is subjective but her last release was universally panned. Is this why Beyonce’s nipples were center stage at her Mrs. Carter World Tour opener last night in Serbia? Has it come to that for the self-proclaimed modern-day feminist?
You can check out the photos here. Like I said, I know Beyonce can put on a show and the nipple costume is a part of that. She’s basically saying she’s in charge of her sexuality. Fine. Whatever. But maybe I still don’t get it. These costumes are a little Jennifer Lopez, no? And we all know that women can’t sing so she relies on her tits and ass and flamboyant costumes to speak for her. Shouldn’t we expect more from Beyonce?
I just can’t look at these nipples without thinking of her comments about being a “modern-day feminist”. Beyonce told Vogue U.K. “But I guess I am a modern-day feminist. I do believe in equality. Why do you have to choose what type of woman you are? Why do you have to label yourself anything? I’m just a woman and I love being a woman. I do believe in equality and that we have a way to go and it’s something that’s pushed aside and something that we have been conditioned to accept.”
I understand what she’s saying. The great thing about being a woman today is that we can choose to be whatever we want. We can be sexual or smart or both. There’s no limitations on the kind of woman you want to be. I just don’t understand why she has to resort to a nipple costume to entertain. It seems so common, so obvious, again, so JLo.
And it’s quite the juxtaposition from her Chime for Change spot where she advocates education for women and says she tells her daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, every day that she can be president when she grows up. Is that what modern day feminism is all about – boobie breast plates one day and presidencies the next? Perhaps I have no reason to criticize these choices. Perhaps Beyonce is onto something here. I just don’t get it. Maybe you can help me out. I thought feminism meant you didn’t have to flash your tits, or even your fake tits, to be heard.
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