By now you’ve probably heard all the conservative ruckus being made over Beyonce’s recent performances, and most specifically her explicit new video for Partition. It’s too raunchy for her younger viewers, they say. You don’t have to do this, they plead. You’re a hindrance to female empowerment movements, they insinuate. By “they”, I am mainly referring to Bill O’Reilly and his loyal following, to whom I say... mind your own beeswax and stop judging. If you don’t like it, don’t watch it. It’s simple.
I’ll be first to admit, I’ve never been a huge Beyonce fan. In fact I’ve been neutral at best. There are many Beyonce songs that were not particularly my favorite and I really did not find her to be all that entertaining for most of her early career. However, in the past year, I truly have to admit, she’s killing it. Its obvious that she’s working her f*cking ass off (or on.. squats anyone?) and has grown leaps and bounds both musically and in her choreography. She may turn me into a true Beyonce fan before long after all. And you know what? I don’t think I’d ever be one had she kept it PG. You think we need another Taylor Swift in the world? Bi*ch please. She’s pushing the envelope. She’s progressive. She’s doing what an iconic entertainer does!
So, is it too raunchy for her younger viewers? Probably. Though I doubt if you took a poll of true Beyonce fans that most of them would be under age 16, at which point I would certainly consider them mature enough to watch such material responsibly. On the flip side, I’d consider it right on par with the type of thing most of her adult fans want to see. And trust me, it’s not anything they haven’t seen before. I watched the video expecting to see something truly appalling, but found it much less shocking than anticipated. Go to any club in America on any night of the week, and you’ll see something very similar. It’s an American norm, the way of the world, and it is not always a bad thing. Think about swimsuits of the past and how shocking they were at the time. Norms will constantly change. You can embrace it and be happy, or fight it and spend your life disgruntled. I guess Bill O’Reilly chose the latter.
Does she have to do it? No! But I bet she wants to! She’s doing it because she has $350 million in the bank, and she can afford to push limits and not spend her life making the “safe” decision. It’s not about you. It’s about her. She’s an artist and she is allowed to reinvent herself as many times as she pleases.
Does her provocative image hinder female empowerment and equality? In my opinion, it does not. For me, I actually think it does quite the opposite. She’s a wife and a mother, yet is still sickeningly hot. Actually hotter than she even was before she was a mother. She’s quite an inspiration to all potential mothers out there, letting us know that having a child may not be relationship suicide after all. Yes, she sings about having relations... with her husband that she’s obviously in love with! I’m sorry, but this all seems quite healthy to me. I guess some would prefer she keep it behind closed doors, but you’re asking her to inspire, so here she is! I see nothing wrong with acknowledging the beauty of a woman, especially when she has worked so hard to stay fit through motherhood.
I recognize that there are alternate views and am apologizing in advance if I offend anyone, but I feel like this issue keeps coming up again and again. When will we stop judging each other and embrace changing times? You go Beyonce. Give ‘em something to talk about.