*sigh* OK, I’m in the mood (or not) so I feel like tearing this apart, here we go:
- STOP DEMONIZING SEX. Sex is not a bad thing! People can use it in the wrong way, yes, but the act itself is GREAT. If ANYONE on Earth should be promoting sex and sexuality, it’s a couple that has been dedicated to loving each other for over a decade. She is promoting sex POSITIVITY by showcasing the fucking awesome benefits of emotional and physical commitment and loyalty.
- "More authentic with clothes on" - This is YOUR issue with her, not an issue of hers. SHE doesn’t cover up: her body, HER choice. Pretty sure authenticity has nothing to do with how you choose to project your sexuality. Or is that what you judge women’s worth on? You wanna cover up, go right ahead, that’s YOUR choice. Don’t shame people for doing what they want and are comfortable with. If you’re distracted by someone’s body, that’s your problem, nobody else’s and it takes NOTHING away from her talent, unless you cannot view women’s bodies as anything other than sexual tools.
- Can I ask why a performer wouldn’t want to emulate Michael Jackson? He is literally the greatest modern artist of our time and attending his concert was the catalyst for her entire career. She wouldn’t be able to call herself an artist if she didn’t draw from her inspirations. Not to mention the fact that she knew and was friends with Mike himself. Get used to the fact that Beyonce is a superstar icon and can pull off large scale projects on the level of something Michael would do (and would LOVE seeing other artists do, too).
- "Dumbs down her talent to reveal the worst aspects of R&B" - This makes no sense whatsoever. Why would a multimillion dollar world famous entertainer need to dumb herself down? For who? She’s been an established, best-selling artist and household name for 15 years, why the fuck would she need to dumb anything down? I fail to see how an album full of socially relevant topics for women manages to spell out “dumbed down” to you but hey, you’re probably the type of person who sees women in low cut tops and calls them “bimbos”.
- "Arrogance" - She’s one of the most successful artists of all time. Go back to listening to Royals.
- "I sense a desire for adulation" - this is literally the point of becoming an entertainer. To obtain money, fame, power and get to a level where your talent is your LIFE because you are so fucking good that people will throw millions of dollars at you so you can devote your every waking minute to providing them with entertainment. You’re literally knocking her for DOING HER JOB PROPERLY.
- “Sexualization, arrogance, insatiable desire, desperate, narcissistic" - Looks like someone has an issue with women exhibiting agency and going out of their way to work hard for their money/fame. I bet you were one of the ones telling her to sit down and have a kid back in the Sasha Fierce days, huh?
- "Is there no other way to express love than sex?" - No Angel, Mine, XO, Jealous - all cover different aspects of love and relationships aside from sex. So you clearly didn’t listen to the album.
- "Overstyled sexed-up videos": If you don’t like overstyled, stop following Hollywood stars and stop listening to pop music. They have millions of dollars, why wouldn’t they be overstyled? Go watch Rocket, XO, Superpower, Drunk In Love, Jealous, Blue and Heaven then tell me how they’re overstyled. The majority of those are one shot videos, taking place in one location, featuring Bey in one outfit. Anyway, just cause you can’t handle excessive creativity and are clearly boring as shit doesn’t mean she should have to water down her image. She does this for people who LIKE what she does, not you. Go find a plain, boring artist if that’s what appeals to you. Taylor Swift maybe?
- "All pop musicians contribute to the way society and young people think". OK, let’s examine the truly dangerous and harmful things Beyonce has decided to tell the nation this time:
"Pretty hurts, we shine the light on whatever’s worse, it’s your soul that needs surgery"
"Feminist: a person who believes in the social, political, and economic equality of the sexes"
"We teach women that they cannot be sexual beings in the way boys can" (Sound familiar?)
"Ladies say: I look so good tonight"
"My mother taught me good home training, my daddy told me how to love my haters, my sister told me I should speak my mind, my man made me feel so goddamn fine"
"All I can think of is we should get married"
"I don’t trust these record labels, I’m torn, all these people on the planet working 9 to 5 just to stay alive"
"I’m just human, don’t judge me"
"I fought for you, the hardest, it made me the strongest"
"I remember being so young and brave, I knew what I needed"
- Such toxic, harmful lyrics, hey? Go fuck yourself.
- "Legitimized the attitude of Rihanna" - Oh look, another black woman who enjoys displaying her sexuality and refuses to water herself down and you have a problem with them, how surprising. Oh no, women may encourage each other to express their sexuality in ways they’re comfortable doing that may not adhere to society’s bigoted ways, nooo! If you’re this controlled by your blatant misogyny, why do you listen to pop music at all?
- "She gets away with it" - She “gets away” with it because SHE’S NOT DOING ANYTHING WRONG. If you can’t sing about great sex after 10 YEARS with the same man, when the fuck can you sing about it? If she can’t be proud of her success and aim for more after 15 years and millions of records sold, when the fuck can she celebrate herself? If being creative, pushing the envelope and speaking her mind are negative things in your mind, what exactly do you like in an artist? It’s a wonder you can handle any aspect of modern entertainers since all of them do all these things in one way or another. Find better arguments next time, I got second hand embarrassment trying to understand your “logic”.