When you’re the reigning highest-paid female musician in the world like Beyoncé Knowles, you’re obviously going to attract your fair share of criticism. But that kind of Beyoncé-bashing is usually reserved for social media trolls and pop-hating music critics, not presidential hopefuls like former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee. Unfortunately for Mike, Knowles still has at least one fierce defender from her girl group days: Michelle Williams.
Huckabee was first critical of Beyoncé in his recent book God, Guns, Grits, and Gravy, where he lambasted Jay-Z for “pimping out” his wife at the 2014 Grammy awards by performing the song with sexualized dance moves. Michelle made clear that she was not amused by Huckabee’s comments when he recently appeared on The View.
“You know what, you definitely can’t mess with [Beyoncé]. As someone who has definitely come up in a group with her, has seen her hard work and who she is, I just feel like, you know, that album and those songs… It’s that one moment where she decided to probably do some songs she’s always wanted to do to shed that ‘I’m a good girl [image]’. She had some freedom and she owned it and she took it, so I was definitely offended. I’m not the Carter spokesperson, but to hear some those comments that you said, I thought was very, very low.”
Williams is far from the first person to jump to Beyoncé’s defense after Mike’s critique of her. Jon Stewart also confronted Huckabee about the comments when he appeared on The Daily Show earlier this month. Instead of personally defending Knowles’ character like Michelle, Jon pointed out that Huckabee himself had also partaken in the performance of sexual material, playing a clip of his performance of “Cat Scratch Fever” by Ted Nugent — a song rife with raunchy lyrics.
“You excuse that type of crudeness because you agree with his stance on firearms. You don’t approve of Beyoncé because she seems alien to you. Johnny Cash shot a man just to watch him die — that’s some gangsta s**t!”
Huckabee hasn’t just been trying to back up his statements to former bandmates like Williams. He’s also added another dimension to the comments by saying that while he believes the Obamas are good parents, he doesn’t understand how they can allow their children to listen to Beyoncé’s more explicit content. Still, Mike told Michelle not to count him out as a Knowles fan just yet.
“You know, if people read the full chapter, it’s in the context of, first of all, saying, ‘Beyoncé is a wonderful talent.’ My point is, she doesn’t have to do some of the things that she does in the lyrics because it’s not necessary. She has nothing to make up for. She’s an amazing talent.”
Do you think Michelle Williams was on point in her criticism of Mike Huckabee’s Beyoncé comments?
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