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Can Malia and Sasha Obama listen to the new CD titled ‘Beyoncé?’

Beyonce-Run-The-World-Girls-Video-Still-8Dear FLOTUS and all other loving mothers whose daughters emulate Beyoncé while aspiring to the qualities of first lady Michelle Obama;

The latest Beyoncé CD is misogynistic, risqué and irresponsible.

Before the “killer bees” in the Beyhive start swarming and stinging a mother with a conscience, this writer wants to make it clear, this isn’t an attempt to slut shame Beyoncé the artist, but it is an honest opinion about her self-titled fifth studio album that Billboard mag guarantees is a No. 1 hit. This billet-doux to our readers is recorded in black and white to remind all the young girls worldwide that you are the Creator’s masterpiece who’s “empowered, equipped and wonderfully made” in his image and you are loved.

This past Monday, iTunes announced the CD broke their first-week sales record in the United States with more than 600,000 copies sold. They also revealed, it’s the fastest selling worldwide on its site “with an unprecedented 828,773 albums sold in just its first three days.”

OK, so Beyoncé broke records. Is that more important than the tender hearts she’s breaking and misguiding with such graphic and sexually explicit instructions, and strong language? No, it isn’t. The fact the project was shrouded in secrecy then released over night isn’t exciting or awe-inspiring. She’s a global superstar with 17 Grammy Awards, who hasn’t released a CD since she became a mom. So yes, she has cultural currency and has penetrated our conversations. Yes, her fans are intrigued and filled with anticipatory excitement.

I’m putting it out there because our first lady has placed the artist on a pedestal, endorsing her a “role model,” but her latest music is degrading, out of sync with the reality of the sexual exploitation of our youth and is a far cry from female empowerment.

This “visual album” makes the twerking antics of the former Disney star that shall remain nameless look modest and demure. On the song “Flawless,” Beyoncé sings, “Bow down, b**ches.” How retrogressive! Feminists have worked tirelessly to get many of our rappers to stop using the B-word in their music. Has this “Run the World (Girls)”-promoting artist applied the same rationale to this slur and derogatory term many blacks use when they determined who can actually say the N-word?

One of my personal role models, who is too a fan of Bey, raised the question: “Why did Beyoncé feel the need to pervert her gift?” I couldn’t defend or deny this truth because her co-signing husband raps on “Drunk in Love” a very intimate marital detail that should have remained sacred:

Foreplay in the foyer f—ed up my Warhol
/Slid the panties right to the side
/Ain’t got the time to take drawers off, on sight.

… So much for teaching our young boys about honoring their future wives.

I am sure when Michelle Obama tweeted that she was “proud of her” [Beyoncé], she had no idea she’d have to censor her music to protect her daughters, Malia and Sasha, and young girls globally.

Mothers, please share with your young daughters why their intellect is beyond the teachings of this CD and it won’t be a Christmas stocking suffer as well as why it’s necessary to audit their playlists on their MP3s, smartphones, tablets and computers. Our expectations are too great and the price of their potential is too high for them to be distracted by a power move to dominate music charts and take our hard-earned money while denying respect to women. It’s unnecessary, spirit breaking and not the product of a role model.



15 Comments

  1. SmittyG on December 17, 2013 at 10:19 am

    We should not expect these celebrities to be role models for
    our children. WE need to be the role models in their lives. Our integrity,
    kindness towards others and work ethic should be the model. Celebrities are out
    to make money, not raise our children for us. When my daughter was asked why
    she volunteers she said, “My mom volunteered all of my life and as soon as I
    was old enough, I wanted to volunteer too.” We have to be their role models!

  2. Myrna on December 17, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    “The fact the project was shrouded in secrecy then released over night isn’t exciting or awe-inspiring” CAN I GET AN AMEN!!!! WHO CARES?????

  3. Stacy Hilliard on December 17, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    Being a Houston, Texas girl myself, I appreciate how she gave a “shout-out” using a lot of hip hop from here on this album. However, I will admit that quite a few of the lyrics and videos were a bit off-putting. She is an artist trying to make money and that is up to the parents to control or moderate what their child(ren) hear(s). Just like when I was younger, my dad make a cassette tape of TLC’s CrazySexyCool and Janet Jackson’s Janet albums. It wasn’t until the middle of my high scholl years when I listened to the cd’s of those albums that I even found out that he had actually cut all of the “adult” songs and interludes on the recordings. Just like when I listen to music in the car with my daughter, I make it a point to keep it on the old school r&b station or cd’s and music from my phone that I can control. Kids emulate what is in front of them. It is ok to use something good that a celebrity does as an example of what to do, but at the end of the day, they shouldn’t be the model of how to be a good citizen, that’s the parent’s job.

  4. Arthur McDonald on December 17, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    I think the candor is more so to address lyrics that either parents don’t catch, or the situations when children don’t have their parents around, or at all. I don’t listen to their music anyways, but what I have heard does raise an eyebrow for me. Since we (black people) in this country have really had to go above and beyond to make our place in this western world, we do have SOME level of responsibility to those less fortunate that have no healthy family structure. And although we have invented, started, owned, and exceeded in more things than what society has considered the “norm” for us, the “norm” still has to be tweaked and broadened, I think, so that kids have more to reach for than just rapping, singing, or playing ball.

  5. vic tsi on December 17, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    Yes, they can. And so can others who look up to B. It’s up to parents to enable their children to recognize the context in which Beyoncé is singing and to show the kids that within the right context there is nothing wrong with it.

    • Yvette Caslin on December 17, 2013 at 5:12 pm

      Thank you for your comments. I am stepping up my game and speaking out more for those who aren’t as fortunate to have parents who are aware of the detriment.

  6. Cleanitup! on December 17, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU. WELL STATED — AND MUCH NEEDED!!! OUR COMMUNITY HAS JUST GOT TO DO BETTER IF WE ARE GOING TO PROGRESS AND EARN A RESPECTED POSITION IN THE COMMUNITY.

  7. Bianca on December 18, 2013 at 9:03 am

    Wonderful article…..I completely agree with everything you said. I think the problem with todays generation is everybody wants to blend in and do what is “popular” instead of using their heads and doing what is right for them. Beyonce is not a role model for anyone and definitely not for little girls and young ladies. She is a grown, married woman who is expressing herself in that manner. Just because young kids “like” her does not mean they should be listening to her music. “Graining on that wood” was too much for my ears. We need to stop putting athletes and entertainers on pedastals and teach young kids not to look up to them but instead find and love who they are!

  8. dreamcometrue on December 19, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    Oh stfu! Bey is a grown woman! Why is it, these holier than thow hypocrites think others (celebrities) should live their Iives in a box. If these “parents” are so worried about other people or “celebrities” being so holy for the children, why are they not complaining about the school systems or arguing to put discipline and prayer back in schools. Hell, any real parent will have enough discipline and and encouragement at home that their child wouldn’t be easily influenced by a so – called celebity. If parents would worry more about being their own childs role model, the child wouldn’t be affected by these celebrities. IJS!!! Let Beyoncé and any other celebrity express themselves however they feel without living in a box and be the influence in your own child’s life. Oh, and yes, I have children myself and I am open and confident in my parental skills to trust and believe that my children understands LIFE and what it’s about. Why cover up the truth of what’s really going on by focusing on how another being chooses to express themself. Geesh… focus on more important issues at hand and stop knocking the next man’s hustle. I’m pretty sure First Lady Michelle Obama knows what she will and will not allow HER children to listen to. Why are you so hot and bothered? If you don’t like it, don’t buy it. Write about something more positive and productive and stop publishing this hate and negativity.

  9. KIsh on December 20, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    I agree 100% I don’t care how good a parent you are. Beyoncé is so idolized in this country that the kids are exposed to her music in some form or fashion. Let’s be clear. Her newest music is the lowest of the low. Its tantamount to having porn in the house. I’m an aunt, and I have already advised my niece that I am on BEYONCE WATCH on her ipod. We aint havin that up in here.

  10. Stacy D. Smith on January 7, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    These debates always widen the gap between the two ends of the pop culture spectrum. Music’s staunchest defenders point back in the direction of parents and work feverishly to absolve artists despite lyrics that are highly influential over children. The other side of the debate vilifies artists, but says little about the broader culture which most of them are merely reflecting. We need to have more complex conversations where we talk about how these pieces fit together. Artists are paid millions of dollars for the cultural influence they bring to brands. It’s dishonest to suggest that Beyonce isn’t in some way shaping the ideas of young women. At the same time, sex is malformed in the culture-at-large and Beyonce is just a flashpoint along the trajectory of that moral decay.

    Beyonce’s album is clearly intended for mature audiences. Parents have a responsibility to monitor what their kids listen to. At the same time, we all know that parents often don’t have the time to screen everything their child is exposed to. So for the minors that have slipped through the cracks, she DOES bear some responsibility for how her music shapes their ideas.

  11. Tammy on June 17, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    Beyonce looks so ugly here. Actually, she IS ugly- inside and out! She looked positively possessed at the Superbowl and now here in this photo above. I used to think she was so gorgeous when she first came out. She’s trashed her image and her beauty is gone. She’s a disgrace to women, not a role model like when she first started out. I’m sure Jay Z had a LOT to do with the hideous, scary, disturbing deterioration of Beyonce.

  12. Tammy on June 17, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    Also, let’s set the record straight. Beyonce is a PORN STAR who sings. And you know what, I have compassion for porn stars. A lot of them were abused and they need the money. I don’t really have compassion for Beyonce. She has plenty of money, she’s fame hungry, so thirsty for fame she’s turned herself into a monster who wants to corrupt our innocent girls. Shame on this sell-out who prostitutes her body all over the world’s stage!

  13. catherine todd on June 21, 2014 at 3:54 am

    THANK YOU. The portrayl Beyonce paints of “sexy young women” makes me sick, when it appeals to young girls riding bikes in pigtails and going to the roller skating rink and dancing like strippers. What on earth is going on in Beyonce’s mind? A young woman who sang for the President of the United States of America is acting like this? A celebrity singer that girls everywhere think is “Flawless” and “Perfect?”

    “Dear FLOTUS and all other loving mothers whose daughters emulate Beyoncé while aspiring to the qualities of first lady Michelle Obama;

    The latest Beyoncé CD is misogynistic, risqué and irresponsible.

    Before the “killer bees” in the Beyhive start swarming and stinging a mother with a conscience, this writer wants to make it clear, this isn’t an attempt to slut shame Beyoncé the artist, but it is an honest opinion…”

    And one that I and many other women agree with. I have spent my entire life working for equal rights and equal protections under the law for women, children and people of all colors and to see Beyonce and her husband Jay-Z singing “eat the cake, Anna Mae” and Beyonce dancing like a stripper in S&M clothes literally makes me sick. To hear everyone in the audience going “wild with applause” made me want to vomit.

    There is something so wrong with the media who promotes this and music that makes this that I fear for all our young people. It seems to me that music producers used to “run they hoes on the street; now they are pimping them on MTV.” If you see who the music producers are now, you can see exactly what is happening to young women everywhere. Everyone involved has SHAMED THEMSELVES, especially the women who act this way.

    Beyonce has more than enough money and awards to need to fall for this nonsense, but promote it she does, with a vengeance. WHY? That’s the million dollar question.

    And if the “behive” wants to come for me or you, we’ve got fly swatters and insecticide at the ready! Insects, do your worst. I care about children and young girls and nothing, no stinging bees can stop a mother who cares.