Not the first time ‘Queen Bey’ Mrs Carter has come under scrutiny for her conflicting self-righteousness and scandalous behaviour but it appears over the past week or so the multi-platinum recording artist has been the centre of another fiasco following the release of new single, Bow Down.
The first to be taken from Beyonce’s forthcoming album, Bow Down, has been subject to a Wendy Williams panel discussion – “If you have to say ‘bow down’, then there’s no need to bow down” fired the US talk show host – a very public talking down from singer-songwriter, Keysha Cole, not to mention love and hate from all other online directions.
I know when you were little girls/ You dreamt of being in my world/ Don’t forget it/ Don’t forget it/Respect that/ Bow down bitches/ I took some time to live my life/But don’t think I’m just his little wife/ Don’t get it twisted/ Get it twisted/This my shit/ Bow down bitches/
Bey tells it how it is with the controversial and semi-empowering lyrics but get real people, if someone tells you to jump off of a bridge, I hope that you’d question the request before you throw your easily-influenced behind from the top of the Brooklyn Bridge, Tower Bridge or your bedroom roof. If Beyonce commands these ‘bi****s’ to bow down, why is it being taken so literally? Boo-boo she isn’t talking to you! And I’m not a b**** so she isn’t talking to me either.
Having an opinion on subjects like this is effortless because I generally have a very straightforward one and that is to take the song for what it is. Most of the messages within hip-hop music are misogynous, egotistical and trivial, to say but a few things, and these terms aren’t gender-specific. Women have been calling themselves ‘b*****s’ for decades and addressing the ‘haters’, so let them get it out of their system and appreciate that given Beyonce’s stature, she’s faced a barrage of negativity and sceptism regarding her career, relationship with Jay Z, public image and even her family life. Could you imagine what that constant pressure to retain success must feel like?
Without sounding like I’m skimming over the cracks, I get that the song’s content appears deeply hypocritical and offensive when Beyonce is such an open advocate for girl-power. Perhaps her and Sasha need a double slice of humble pie – who knows. Do I think the song was necessary, amazing or in good taste? Definitely not. All I’ve heard her sing is one dry verse so after reading the hype, I was pretty disappointed but you can’t go wrong with the beat. Beyonce loves a comeback – it’s memorable and her world tour kicks off next month so put it all into context. Did I mention she’s now also the new face of H & M? You just can’t knock the hustle.