It’s no secret that Michelle Obama adores Beyonce, as does most of the world. We hang on to her every move like it’s gospel and even attempt emulating her, whether we admit it or not. Beyonce has surpassed queendom and become a king to many. Does King Bey ring a bell? Huffington Post writer, Rakhi Kumar had enough of the Beyonce worship and wrote a letter to Michelle Obama, urging her to use her influence for good, instead of perpetuating this myth that Beyonce is a role model.
I couldn’t agree more with Rakhi. I’ve never thought of Beyonce as a role model, but once the FLOTUS claimed Beyonce was the “ultimate example of a truly strong African American woman,” I knew that young girls everywhere would rather cash in their string of pearls for a sparkly and see-through corset a la Sasha Fierce. Therein lies my issue with Michelle Obama regarding Beyonce as a standard of a Black woman.
Rakhi’s open letter to Michelle Obama makes several great points and I wanted to share those points with you:
“I’m writing because everything you do is admired and emulated by so many; but when you endorse a recording artist like Beyonce, I see the most misogynistic aspects of the music industry (that prefers girls to be no more complex than dolls) interpret your comments as a seal of approval for the thoughtless cultural currency that they flood the youth market with. I’m writing because I think it’s time to stop suggesting to very young girls that ultimate feminine success – in the music industry or anywhere else – comes with the need, or the expectation for them to undress.”
Young girls are impressionable and when they see Beyonce gyrating on stage with her nipples displayed to the world, they want to do the same thing! It’s funny that Michelle Obama would regard Beyonce as the “ultimate example” of being a Black woman, because we only ever truly get to consume one side of Beyonce and that’s the scantily clad Sasha Fierce side of her.