A woman in power will always be criticized. Many women would have faced this unfortunate truth at some point in their lives. Recently a good friend of mine shared an article that attempted to slander Beyoncé’s ‘brand image’ by demonising her use of swear words and sexual language in her recent ‘Lemonade’ release.
The double standards in the music industry are tremendously present here, considering that male rappers and artists have glorified sex and profanity for the past two decades with little to no criticism whatsoever.
Usher’s polygamous affairs were praised during ‘Confessions’, Chris Brown’s ‘Wet The Bed’ is still aired on the radio and let’s not even get started on Drake. This isn’t to say that these talented male artists are to blame for these obvious inequalities but it’s still something that we need to acknowledge and work towards changing.
I’m shocked that people can still find negative things to say about Queen B (because she’s fkn amazing), so let’s bring the internet back to its senses and remind the world of her importance.
Firstly, Beyoncé is a pioneer for women in the music industry; for women in general. In many cars, bedrooms and bathrooms across the world, young girls are blasting ‘Run The World’ or ‘Grown Woman’ and connecting with the strength and importance of her lyrical message.
She started a movement. One that embraced femininity in every shape and form. She taught young girls to love themselves first, to fight for what was theirs and to love their sisters and mothers endlessly. That’s pretty bloody important if you ask me.
Secondly, she is an amazing advocate for the Black Lives Matter movement. As written by the Guardian’s Syreeta McFadden, her track ‘Formation’ on its own has reclaimed the oppressed black narrative. Formation’s lyrical and aesthetic values reign supreme as Beyoncé provokes a second yet equally important movement. A cause to unite black communities and to rise against the stereotypes and the marginalisation that comes alongside white supremacy.
Her sound has evolved from her humble ‘Destiny’s Child’ pop beginnings to the heavy electric synth sound that we hear today. Each album better than the last. Her musicality shines through each melody, creating a sound reminiscent of her ballads and her dance tracks, all anthems in their own respects.
In 2013 her power was truly known when her ‘Beyoncé’ album skyrocketed without any promotion whatsoever. I attended her concert the same year when she visited Sydney and even from the lowly stadium wall seats I could feel her passion and her light. She could’ve literally just stood there for three hours eating a sandwich and I would’ve still screamed ‘YASSS QUEEN!’ until my throat ran dry.
I will continue to defend and support her, regardless of how twisted she is made out to be and I encourage our readers to do the same. The world will always need a beacon of hope and for now, Beyoncé shines the brightest.
Plus, her Daddy taught her how to love her haters so y'all haters corny.
Images created by: Christobal Saez (Pop Aesthete)
Mark is a sexy young ethnic guy who is known for his infectious laugh and ridiculous sense of humour. He rarely crosses the line, but that may be because he assumes it requires cardio. He prides himself on his morals and ethics but this can easily be thrown out the door if a cute guy gives him attention.