Beyonce is widely respected in the world of pop music. While widely praised for her strength, dance moves, and vocal ability, her role as a feminist icon has taken some heat over the years.
For example, a previous article from the Inquisitr by Chris Greenhough called out the singer for calling herself a “modern day feminist” on the grounds that she dressed to men’s standards of beauty and attraction.
As you might imagine, that got some pushback, but nothing along the lines of what Amy Schumer recently received for a parody of the latest Beyonce video, “Lemonade.”
However, that’s to be expected since Schumer has a considerably higher profile, but Schumer’s response was to issue a pandering apology to angry Beyonce fans.
This drew the attention of one Ben Shapiro, the conservative pundit who has gained notoriety this election season for going after both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump and refusing to endorse either candidate for President.
Shapiro also famously stepped down from his position at Breitbart over the Corey Lewandowski/Michelle Fields episode early in the campaign cycle.
On most days, Shapiro airs a podcast that deals mainly with political issues, but he has a segment — usually on Thursdays — entitled “Deconstructing the Culture.”
During that segment, he will call out something from the movies, music, social media or various other areas that bothers him.
This week, his focus fell on Beyonce and the Amy Schumer apology.
— Huffington Post (@HuffingtonPost) October 29, 2016
First, when it comes to Schumer, he first dismissed her “unfunny” comedy and condensed it down to nothing but a woman who can “do nothing but talk about her genitalia.”
That said, he had some fiery words for the PC crowd demanding an apology over the parody video from Beyonce and blamed the left for creating a world “where you need permission from the people you’re parodying” before doing so.
Furthermore, he read the Schumer apology and paused frequently to make fun of it, but the harshest language he saved for Beyonce herself, remarking that “the media likes to call her a feminist,” even though she “shakes her a** like a common prostitute” in every video or stage appearance.
Despite Shapiro’s take on Beyonce and her feminism, there are plenty of fans who disagree with Ben.
— Milk (@MilkStudios) October 27, 2016
Making the case for Beyonce as a feminist, Billboard critic Miriam Bale took on “Lemonade” in April of this year and commented on the women presented in the video.
“There’s something witchy about this gathering of women, as in everything in this film. Early in Lemonade there’s the incantation: ‘They don’t love you like I love you. They don’t love you like I love you. They don’t love you like I love you.’ Lines like ‘her hips grind pestle and mortar, cinnamon and cloves’ allude to a very female sex magic. And then later, more ingredients: lemons, lots of sugar, and more kitchen witchery in an old-fashioned recipe for lemonade from Jay Z’s grandmother Hattie. In home video footage of Hattie’s 90th birthday, we see her say she took lemons and made lemonade, as all black women who want to work, survive, and also thrive must do…. What unites the black girls, the mothers and daughters, is this sweet nectar and instructions how to turn nothing into something. Lemonade is even stronger than blood.”
Critics of Beyonce as a feminist tend to fixate on the fact that she does use her physical and sexual beauty in the presentation of her music, but her supporters say that it in no way detracts from her power as a modern woman.
But what do you think, readers?
Does Shapiro’s commentary on Beyonce as a feminist have merit, or is it an oversimplification of who Beyonce really is as an icon? Sound off in the comments section below.