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Its been a week since the infamous half time show where the world finally seemed to realize that Beyonce was actually black. Ok, Ok, I'm kidding....kind of. But its been a week since she performed "Formation" and a week since her bad ass music video dropped as well and people are freaking the fuck out.
It seems that a black artist taking advantage of such a public setting to use her art as a show of self expression and representation for serious issues her race is facing is just ... INSANITY!
The internet has exploded with people criticizing Beyonce for "bashing police" and for being inappropriate to talk about police brutality at a sporting event. Sorry she made you feel so uncomfortable fellow white people.
But the truth is, the song wasn't meant of us (although it is actually amazing.) And I'm confused how we can think we can comment and critique someones dialogue when it has NEVER happened to us. We white people can't actually understand being afraid of the police since we never had to be.
Check out SNL's perfect skit that points out just how fucking cray everyone went...the day they realize Beyonce was black.
Oh and by the way, she isn't a hypocrite in having police protecting her.
Calling out Police brutality isn't calling all police bad, its pointing out that there are some people in power who are making the world unsafe for certain people. And that is not ok.
Saying #alllivesmatter is the same as saying #notallmen. Pointless and uneducated.
I haven't read any criticism of Beyonce's music (I'm not really even sure what type of music she plays) and I've never listened to her music (I generally only listen to rock). It's great that she is using her music to express her opinions and raise awareness for causes that mean a lot to her. If people really dislike her message then they don't have to listen to it. I do take issue with a few of your statements. You seem to be under the impression that police brutality is an issue only for African-Americans, when in fact it is a problem for everyone. Yes, it disproportionately affects blacks, but that doesn't mean it's only their problem. Police brutality is something that should concern all Americans. I would assume that many of the people taking issue with her message are those who would rather shut their eyes than accept the fact that our criminal justice system needs serious reform. Those people can be safely ignored, because the majority of them are not actually offering real arguments refuting Beyonce's message. HOWEVER, you also suggest that anybody that is white should not be allowed to comment on or offer criticism of her music simply based on race. This is problematic for several reasons. First, someone's race has no bearing on the validity of their arguments. If you disagree with someone's critique of Beyonce, them you ought to offer an actual refutation. "You are (insert race/ethnicity/religion/gender), therefore you can't talk" is NOT a valid refutation. That's the same train of thought that racists use to try to dismiss the ideas of people they don't like. Second, there is no idea or message that should be free of criticism. Ideas ought to be freely challenged and defended by anyone willing to take up either task. Arbitrarily excluding people from a dialogue will only hurt the success of said dialogue. Third, you don't need to have experienced something to take part in a discussion on it. By that flawed logic, you could say "anybody who has never served in congress isn't allowed to criticize the actions of congress because they've never experienced it." Firsthand experience should not be a prerequisite to taking part in a dialogue, because once again it has no bearing on the validity of someone's ideas. Please try to keep these things in mind the next time you make blanket statements. You can say whatever you want, as everyone should be able to, but keep in mind that many people do have valid reasons behind their ideas as well. If you forget that then you look no better than the idiots who feel the need to tell others that some music they don't need to listen to offended them.
This was hilarious lol
Lol, finally! someone who gets it.
@earzofcorn @KyleBerke I second the recommendation for "The New Jim Crow", it's a difficult read but a truly excellent book As for the issue people take with Beyonce's performance and the Superbowl and the original video: The unfortunate truth is that people are still repulsed by the idea that black lives matter. That's the short version. The long version is that people are still under the impression that the Black Panthers were a militant group (they fed breakfast to kids, started community health clinics, led protests and marches, and yes they carried guns as they were a militia. In fact stricter gun control began in part as a response to their exercising their constitutional right to bear arms in self-defense. Apparently that is a right that only applies to white people). Additionally, people still fear Malcolm X, who has been vilified for having such radical ideas as "it is criminal to teach a man not to defend himself when he is the constant victim of brutal attacks". Beyonce referenced both the Panthers and Malcolm X during the Superbowl. In her Formation video Beyonce reminded us of our nation's callous disregard for human life during the aftermath of hurricane Katrina. The tourist areas of New Orleans have been reconstructed, while in the meantime there are still areas of Louisiana that have been untouched by the recovery. The same areas where people- predominantly black people- were left to drown. Where they were shot at while trying to escape the rising water. And then Beyonce had the NERVE (/sarcasm) to remind us of all the young black children who have been shot by police in recent years, showing a young child dancing in front of a line of white policemen. She demanded that we care and continue to care, and there are people in the world that would call that audacious, or claim that she's stirring up trouble. The trouble's already there. She used her power as an artist to make it clear that it's everyone's problem.
Update: I watched the original video and read the lyrics, and I don't understand what the problem is. Can someone explain why people have a problem with it because I have no clue. Am I missing something?
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