By Princess Gabbara
Beyoncé. Whether you love her or hate her, Queen Bey-or should I say King Bey-is arguably one of the most influential artists of our generation. Through her music, Bey has actually taught us quite a bit over the years.
Bey taught us that you can have a little junk in the trunk and still be one hot, sexy mama. And her female-empowering anthems taught us that it’s perfectly OK to be an independent woman, a single lady or both and that with plenty of hard work, girls can certainly run the world.
And speaking of running the world, Bey seems to have the world at her fingertips.
The woman has practically done it all. She’s sold 75 million albums worldwide, won 16 Grammy awards, landed several endorsement deals with some of the biggest companies in the world including L’Oreal, Samsung, Wal-Mart and more recently, she sealed a reportedly-50-million-dollar deal with Pepsi.
She’s the first and only non-athlete, non-model to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition and the first and only female artist to headline England’s Glastonbury Festival. And yes, I know-these are just a tiny percentage of Bey’s achievements, but you get the idea.
The point is that we should be celebrating Bey’s success-not hating on her.
As you many of you already know, Beyoncé sang the national anthem at the presidential inauguration on Monday. It didn’t take long for haters to go online and begin expressing their undying hatred for the singer. Here’s a short compilation of some of the ugly comments I’ve read online in the past two days:
“She is a dumb slut.”
“Her singing is American Idol awful…her blond extensions and her continuing need to look as white as possible is as silly as a minstrel show…”
“It is better that she didn’t have any words with the president because she is not on the intellectual level of Barack and Michelle!”
As you can see, there’s a lot of hateration going on here and after reports circulated yesterday that Beyoncé might have lip-synched the performance, needless to say, the backlash continued:
“It was about as real as her hair.”
“No class, no talent. FAIL.”
“She probably doesn’t know the words to the national anthem due to her limited vocabulary.”
These comments are harsh and unnecessary. Even if she did lip sync, what’s the big deal? She’s not the first and she certainly won’t be the last. Nearly every singer has lip synced at least once during their career. Even the late Whitney Houston, who was (and still is) arguably one of the best female vocalists of all time, lip synced the national anthem for Super Bowl XXV.
I don’t think I’ll ever be able to pinpoint exactly why there are so many Beyoncé haters out there. Well actually no, I can think of plenty of reasons why people love to hate on Beyoncé. She’s beautiful, rich, talented and successful-essentially, she appears to have it all and many people find that intimidating.
I can only speak for myself when I say this: every time Bey wins a Grammy, releases a new fragrance, lands another endorsement deal, hell-every time Bey steps onto that stage to do her thing-I’m proud because she’s paving the way for so many nameless, faceless women of color such as myself who dream big.
Bey has repeatedly demonstrated that women of color can be beautiful, sexy and desirable, successfully balance our careers and families; she is the epitome of strength and greatness.
When Bey-or should I say Sasha Fierce-is on that stage, she commands your attention and takes you on a musical journey. There isn’t another female artist today in the music industry with as much confidence, energy and charisma as Bey. And might I add, I cannot wait for her to rock the Super Bowl half-time show next month!
Aside from being a brilliant performer, Bey is also a positive role model for young women.
Never mind the sexy costumes and all that gyrating-we never hear about Bey getting a DUI or checking in and out of rehab. She also managed to master the whole “First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes baby in the baby carriage” mantra.
And not to mention, Bey’s voluptuous figure has encouraged women everywhere to embrace their curves hence the lyrics, “I don’t think you ready for this ’cause my body too bootylicious for ya babe.”
Men love her and women want to be her. Don’t believe me?
Even our First Lady Michelle Obama said she would most want to trade places with Bey for a day. And for that reason alone, you must admit, Bey’s got every reason to feel like she’s that b**ch.
So haters, please stop hating and find something else to do.