Does Calling Our Queens The “B” Word Empower Them? [KNOW THYSELF COMMUNITY WEDNESDAY]
Brothers have been doggin’ women in their music…Now Beyonce is doggin’ women in her music. On Sunday Beyonce released the song “Bow Down” where in the first half of the track, she sings these lyrics to her rivals: “I know when you were little girls/You dreamt of being in my world/Don’t forget it/Respect that/Bow down b*tches/Don’t get it twisted this is my sh*t.” In Beyonce defense of her new song, she says, that she is empowering women!
Of course there have been mixed feelings of the song by her fans and some have taken offence to what they consider to be the anti-feminist tone the Independent Women singer has taken on the track.
One fan posted on twitter: “how can u sing at the president’s inauguration then release this disgusting, offensive song @beyonce? I’m genuinely shocked.”
The issue that I have with the release of this song by Beyonce is that I cannot remember any of the true R&B Queens like: Aretha Franklin, Patti Labelle, Nina Simone, Phyllis Hyman, Anita Baker, Tina Turner and the many others that paved the way for girls like Beyonce using the “B” word and other expletives in their music to empower women!
Our community’s children are struggling to find their identity on a daily basis. As they learn the deplorable status to which they have been assigned, it is to be expected that they would react with deep feelings of inferiority and self-hatred—where is the infusion of personal dignity and self-esteem for satisfactory adjustment coming from BEYONCE?
It is common-place for today’s generation of girls and women to refer to themselves as “B’s” or another way of putting it, a female dog! I have always had a very strong respect for all the women in my family and have never referred to my mother (bless her soul), my sisters, my wife, my daughter, or any woman that I know as a “B”—I just don’t do it because it is total disrespect to my Mother, a woman that I will never disrespect, period! I am really at a loss as to why the “B” word is so acceptable and used to describe the Queens on this planet, I just don’t get it!