Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee seems as preoccupied with Beyoncé as any card-carrying member of the Beyhive.
In a new interview with People magazine, the potential 2016 Republican presidential aspirant invoked the singer by way of questioning the parenting skills of President and Michelle Obama. Why, he wondered, do they let their daughters listen to (and watch!) some of Beyoncé’s edgier performances?
“I don’t understand how on one hand they can be such doting parents and so careful about the intake of everything – how much broccoli they eat and where they go to school and making sure they’re kind of sheltered and shielded from so many things – and yet they don’t see anything that might not be suitable for either a preteen or a teen in some of the lyrical content and choreography of Beyoncé, who has sort of a regular key to the door” of the White House, he tells People.
Leaving aside whether Bey is as regular a guest as Huckabee imagines (White House logs show only three visits, though the Obama girls have attended a few of her concerts), it’s not the first time Huckabee has held forth on the topic.
The “Dangerously in Love” singer is featured in Huckabee’s new book, “God, Guns, Grits and Gravy.” In one passage that’s drawing criticism, he wonders if the singer’s husband, Jay Z, “is arguably crossing the line from husband to pimp by exploiting his wife as a sex object.”
But! He’s a fan!
“Beyoncé is incredibly talented – gifted, in fact,” Huckabee writes, according to one advance report. “She has an exceptional set of pipes and can actually sing. She is a terrific dancer – without the explicit moves best left for the privacy of her bedroom.”
And, did he also liken Beyoncé to…a piece of cheese? As in bait. (Which makes him a mouse? Or something.) In the People interview, Huckabee insists that there’s a huge gulf between the “cultural norms” of Real America and those in dens of iniquity, Washington, D.C., New York, and Hollywood.
Per People: “And all the online chatter stoked by his Beyoncé passages only proves the disconnect, he says. ‘It’s like people are shocked that I would raise that as an issue. My response to that is, ‘Gee, the mouse took the cheese.””
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