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?