“Bow Down Bitches/I Been On” is the name of Beyonce’s new single that has everybody talking, blogging, and tweeting. Has the March “Vogue” magazine cover girl hailed as “Queen B” gone too far?
A lot of people think so.
“Beyonce sabotages her female empowerment efforts with Bow Down,” declares a tweet from The Washington Post.
A similar opinion is expressed in Madame Noire, a black women’s lifestyle guide. “Truthfully, I would have expected this type of track from a younger Bey; not a 31-year-old new mother working on her fifth solo album.”
And this from Keyshia Cole: “Can’t stand when people all self righteous when it’s convenient it makes them look good. Lmao.”
So, is it really that deep or have Mr. and Mrs. Carter just found yet another brilliant way to keep people talking about Beyonce?
Since January she’s sung the National Anthem at the president’s inauguration, performed at the Super Bowl, won a Grammy, was interviewed on “Oprah’s Next Chapter,” directed her own HBO documentary and now she punctuates Women’s History Month with a new single aimed directly at her haters.
Women are often criticized for not being able to support other successful sisters. We may see it in our personal or professional lives but the stereotypes run rampant in the media, thanks to reality shows and other popular tv shows like “American Idol” that has built its new season on the feud between Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey.
Usually though when shade is being thrown it originates from the bottom. Why throw shade when you’re at the top?
I think the golden opportunity that Beyonce has to empower her peers, help expose up-and-coming entertainers and be a role model for a younger generation has been tainted.
But is it worth the energy of being offended, especially if the only reason we’re offended is because we’re being told we should be? Similar to the Terrence Howard remark about Oprah’s “Tig ol’ Bitties” could at be that the people we’re most concerned about are not upset at all?
I talked to a 16-year-old girl who is one of Beyonce’s biggest fans and she isn’t fazed at all by the lyrics. “It’s just a song. I don’t think she’s talking to me. I don’t think she’s talking to anybody in particular.”
My response: But weren’t you surprised to hear the words come of Beyonce’s mouth?
“Kind of,” she says. “Especially since she’s a mom and because Jay-Z said he wasn’t going to use the B-word anymore. But I think when women call other women the B-word it’s different than when a man does. It just another word for ‘girls.’”
What I got most out of the conversation with this teen is that if you already know who you are, you don’t allow yourself to be defined by others.
But what about the girls and women who don’t think as highly of themselves? Who’s responsibility is it build them up?
Because you’re either for the sisters or you’re not.