So Beyonce. Sigh. I posted on Facebook/Twitter yesterday that I don’t like her new song. It seems as if I’m not alone. I have posted on this blog before about Beyonce. I like her. She’s always been inspirational to me. She’s one of the celebs in my head when I am going after some of my goals. I was one of the few people on board when she released Girls (Run the World). I didn’t love it at first, but it grew on me. I say that to say, I really like her. I just don’t like her new song. I hope her new album won’t ALL be in this direction.
If you haven’t heard the song, it’s called “Bow Down”. She’s pretty much lashing out at all her competition and demanding “Bow Down B****es” over and over again. This is where she loses me. I understand some bravado. I understand maintaining that number one spot. I don’t understand being all about empowering women and then releasing this song. They don’t match.
Some people are disappointed because they think she should be sending a different message as a mother. I’ve heard others frustrated about how this song will translate to her young fans. For me, I started to feel frustrated with Beyonce when I saw her GQ cover.
For me, I think that she’s realized her main competition is Rihanna and she’s pulling out all the stops to gain ground. The thing is, she doesn’t HAVE to do any of this. She’s amazingly talented – period. No need to pose on the cover of a men’s magazine with half of your boobs hanging out. No need to jump on Instagram post random pictures of your life, no need to do a documentary to show that you are human.
Rihanna has this crazy popularity in part because she’s decided to kind of be an open book. She’s all over Instagran. She’s all over magazines and she says whatever she wants – politically correct or not. That’s her lane. Her fans love her for her openness and feel really connected to her.
Part of Beyonce’s allure was the mystery. She dated Jay-Z forever and married him while barely acknowledging that she knew him. They had a child whose face they successfully hid for over a year. You don’t see Beyonce hanging out. You don’t know who her friends are outside of Destiny’s Child. What you do know about Beyonce is that she’s a beast at what she does. She can sing. She can dance. She does them both well at the same time. She is a full on entertainer. I wish she would just be that.
You don’t have to yell “Bow Down”. Let your work do the yelling for you. Just continue to release hot music and deliver stellar performances. That is really all she needs to keep that crown firmly placed on her head.
That’s my three cents. I know other people see it differently. What’s your take?