That didn’t take long. And I’m not surprised.
That’s because if you’ve seen some the videos from Beyoncé’s new self-titled “visual” album (of 17 songs) or screenshots from any of the videos, it probably won’t surprise you to learn that she’s getting flack from individuals and groups asserting that she’s gone too far . . . she’s doing a Rihanna. And they thought she was better than that.
On social networking sites, some are referring to Bey as ‘vile’ and ‘disgusting’ for the provocative tracks, including songs titled “Blow” and “Drunk in Love,” according to News.com.
And yes, some are questioning if she’s the right kind of role model for millions of young fans.
Queen Bey is also being accused of ‘cashing in’ on her one-year-old daughter, Blue Ivy, who is seen in one of the clips. Already some are petitioning YouTube, where the 17 videos can be seen, and iTunes, where the self-titled album of 14 songs can be purchased, to ban the explicit content.
Here’s what Vivienne Pattison, of pressure group Mediawatch-UK, had to say about the project which reportedly sold 80,000 copies in the first 3 hours:
“This is such a shame to see because Beyoncé didn’t get to where she is by jumping on the same bandwagon as Rihanna and people like that who we expect to be explicit and controversial. She was the one we always thought we could count on to set a good example and keep producing music with powerful messages that empowered women and girls. And I would have thought that a star of her magnitude wouldn’t need to do something like this. She has sold out and it’s really sad. Like it or not Beyoncé is a role model and she needs to take responsibility for that. Especially as a mother herself, it’s very surprising that she would do this.”
Another thing getting under some folk’s craw is Mrs. Carter repeatedly referring to sex and alcohol and making frequent use of the word “bitches.” In the track ‘Partition’, she sings:
‘Driver, roll up the partition please, I don’t want you to see ‘Yonce on her knees. It took 45 minutes to get all dressed up. We ain’t even gonna make it to this club. / Mascara running, red lipstick smudged, Oh he’s so horny yeah he wants to fuck / He popped all my buttons and he ripped my blouse and Monica Lewinski’d all on my gown’
LOL. Do you think Beyoncé was too explicit on her new album?