Why is Beyoncé less revolutionary than she looks?

American singer Beyoncé is a role model for millions of girls, women and blacks. The book’s authors say it’s less revolutionary than it looks Liberté, égalité, Beyoncé!

Saskia Bush

Queen Bey, that’s what her fans affectionately call singer Beyoncé. The nickname says all about the standing of the American, who will turn forty on September 4. Beyoncé Gisele Knowles began her music career as lead singer for girl group Destiny’s Child and debuted as a solo artist in 2003 with the album drenched in love† In the following years, she evolved from a singer into a star, and eventually into a role model.

The fact that millions of girls and women around the world see her as an example is due to her excellent music, but also to the messages she preaches. Throughout her career, Beyoncé has increasingly come to present herself as a feminist and advocate for the position of black people and black culture around the world.

in this book Liberté, égalité, Beyoncé!To be published on Thursday, 11 women reflect on what makes the singer so special. For example, her musical development, motherhood, and image are examined. But the critical nuts are also cracked.

“What’s better than a billionaire?”

For example, journalist and programmer Clarice Gargard writes in her contribution about Beyoncé’s glorification of capitalism in songs that contain lyrics such as: “What’s better than a billionaire? Two (two). Especially if they’re the same color as you.”

Gargard wonders if Beyoncé’s obsessive accumulation of wealth may have been a response to trauma from the vulnerable and marginalized person who had to live “in a white capitalist of the same sex and able bodied (No physical limitations, save) the world.” In light of this, it’s no surprise that Beyoncé is in the song president Convinced that not only she but her grandchildren will be happy: “That’s a lot of brown babies for you Forbes-List’.

From the movie Black is King.AP . image

Whatever the reason for Beyoncé’s lust for wealth, it’s clear to Gargard that Beyoncé’s capitalism can never save us. Because: “Consumption, production, and profit are almost impossible without causing harm to other people or the environment.” Beyoncé can’t escape that either; She has her own brand of Ivy Park clothing that is made by women in sweatshops in Sri Lanka.

But while Beyoncé’s capitalism has its downsides, Gargard also sees potential positives: “The revolution may not come from a global capitalist pop star, but it can serve as a stepping stone towards it.”

The day Beyoncé turned black

Also impressive is the question of what position Beyoncé takes as an advocate for black rights. In her contribution, journalist and writer Sabrine Ingabir addresses the social impact of the song formation – composition† The video for the song came out in 2016 and showed, among other things, the singer aboard a sinking police car, a clear indictment of brutal police treatment of black Americans.

For a star like Beyoncé, talking about it was an important moment in music history. However, it also resulted in a lot of noise and software Saturday Night Live She even dedicated a skit to her under the title The day Beyoncé turned black† Because until that point many white fans saw her as an artist who performed beautiful songs, Beyoncé’s stature as a black artist shocked them.

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From the movie Black Is KingStatue Walt Disney Pictures / Copal / SHOT

According to Ingaber, white critics can be divided into three groups. The first group accused Beyoncé of raping the Black Lives Matter movement in order to stay relevant. The second group was fine with Beyoncé’s desire to talk socially, but thought “it’s a pity that her music seems so bad now”.

The third went to the extreme, calling the singer a terrorist because she would be anti-police and anti-American. The group organized anti-Beyoncé protests and even called for her extrajudicial execution. “Yes, extrajudicial executions,” Ingabir wrote. “Because wanting to kill a black woman to stir up racism in one video is what people would do if they weren’t racist.”

A silent promise turned into a lie

For black fans it was formation – composition In the meantime, it was much less of a surprise. Ingabir: “They recognized and understood the cues in the lyrics and music videos.” However, Formation’s silent promise turned out to be a lie, according to Ingapier. “The silent promise that Beyoncé through her art won’t… Himselfbut also, we were breaking free from societal expectations and social inequalities.”

when formation – composition Black anti-racist and anti-capitalist fighters have already expressed concern that the star might dampen the radical cry for justice for the mainstream audience. This concern turned out to be unfounded. A few months later, Beyoncé released a statement saying that she is not anti-police and carries a message formation – composition Partially refuted.

Therefore, according to Ingabire, there is no other choice but to initiate the change itself. “We’re going to have to make our own revolution. And it’s okay if your revolution starts with Beyoncé’s voice — as long as it doesn’t end there.”

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