Uh oh. Beyonce upset some white folk.

Two days after Super Bowl 50, the talk of the town has not been about the moderately entertaining, defensively driven football game between the Broncos and Panthers, nor has it been about Peyton Manning, arguably the greatest quarterback of this generation who probably has tossed his last pass.

It’s about Beyonce.

And now, it’s not uncommon for Beyonce to be at the center of national consciousness. Heck, she hasn’t fully left my brain ever since she wore that revealing, half-torn yellow dress in the music video for “Survivor” in 2001 when she was still a member of Destiny’s Child.

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But throughout her wildly successful, iconic career, Beyonce typically stays off the radar when she’s not performing. She doesn’t do many interviews. She hasn’t really made any type of public declaration in support of any major cause — unless you count her fervor for jumpin’ jumpin’ at the club — and she’s rarely spotted out with Jay-Z showing public displays of affection, unlike most celebrity couples.

So I think that’s what made what happened on Sunday even more surprising.

On the grandest stage of all, with all of America watching, Beyonce sent a political message. Her performance paid homage to the 50th anniversary of the Black Panthers as well as Malcolm X while she sang a song she released a day earlier in a music video that alludes to Hurricane Katrina victims, police brutality and Black Lives Matter.

Basically, it was all about black female empowerment. And it’s gotten some white people mad.

And it’s hilarious.

Since the dawn of time, music has been about expression. Artists embrace their identity, Beyonce show.jpgtheir heritage, their upbringings, and yes, their race. That’s what makes it art.

It was OK when Bob Dylan sang his anti-war agenda in the ’60s. It’s OK for Macklemore to chime in on gay marriage. But when Beyonce chooses to sing about a current social issue that is backed by independent data, people choose to attack her rather than confronting the real issue at hand.

How dare she embrace her individuality! Maybe she should take her cue from Ke$ha and stick to singing about how, tik tok, on the clock, the party don’t stop. Woah oh oh OH. That’s much more stimulating.

Just listen to Jessica Williams spit straight fire on Monday night’s episode of the Daily Show. You can’t really make a point much better than she does.

Socially conscious musicians did not start with Beyonce’s halftime performance at Super Bowl 50 last Sunday.

And now that I think about it, I actually think “Tik Tok” — released in 2009 — was a well-timed musical manifesto forewarning people that the clock was ticking on the economy. Ke$ha predicted the global recession! No wonder their is a dollar sign in her name!

I always knew she was more brilliant than we gave her credit for.

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3 thoughts on “Uh oh. Beyonce upset some white folk.

  1. It’s called a double standard. If a white band played at the Super Bowl wearing KKK sheets and hoods would that be ok? Hell, black ppl are offended now a days when the Confederate flag is flown even though that is a part of history as well. You can’t have racial double standards. Period. Had Coldplay worn KKK outfits to the super bowl, the NAACP, Al Sharpton, and the rest of the black community would be outraged and on the phone to Obama to have something done about it. It’s absolutely ridiculous to think it should be ok for one race to be racist and not the other. And no I am IN NO WAY a racist person, whatsoever, but I don’t believe in racism, period, from any race. And to be fair, there are plenty of black people offended, and disgusted by her performance. If you did a little bit of research on Google you could see that.

    • I never deleted your comment. I have to approve it first for it to be made public, but I could’t do it until now as I’ve been asleep the last several hours. But thank you for reading my blog. 🙂

      Anyway, I’m not sure how fair it is to compare Beyonce’s homage to the Black Panthers — a social movement that attempted to achieve change through programs during a time when African-Americans were being denied civil rights — to the KKK, a notoriously racist hate group that was borne out of a desire to suppress the Civil Rights Movement..

      Barely anyone even recognized Beyonce’s Black Panther reference until it was brought up my the media a day later. Had Coldplay wore “KKK sheets and hoods,” that would be a lot more overt and inflammatory.

      You’re right, in a perfect world, race would never be a polarizing topic or issue. But it is, because this is America, where minorities have historically been shunned and mistreated.

      Beyonce was showing pride in her identity. The only ones who are using the word “racism” in this topic seem to be the ones who were offended.

      Anyway, thank you for reading, once again. Have a nice day!

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