Beyonce’s new song challenges her image


Beyonce. (FREDERIC J. BROWN – AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

Pop diva Beyonce, aka, Mrs. Carter, has sparked a new debate over her feminist bona fides with a new song, “Bow Down/I Been On.” One line in particular that has caused some to gasp is her use of the b-word in reminding haters that she is Queen Bey.

Raheil Tesfamariam, writing for The Root DC, declared that Beyonce can’t have it both ways: “The self-glorifying anthem cannot go without criticism amidst Women’s History Month as it sabotages many of Beyonce’s past female empowerment efforts.”

But Akoto Ofori-Atta in a piece on The Root argued that Bow Down is a hip-hop song and bravado is at the core of that genre. “If we can agree that bravado is central to hip-hop, women should be able to use it as a creative tool as well,” she writes.

So is Beyonce just being one of the boys or is she betraying the sisterhood?

Vanessa Williams is a deputy national editor at The Post and edits the She The People blog. She has covered and edited local and national politics for the paper. Contact her at Vanessa.Williams@washpost.com.
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