Beyonce is Destroying Your Daughter, Not Empowering Her

Beyonce is Destroying Your Daughter, Not Empowering Her

We seem to have lost any internal critical reflection in our society. We seem to blindly accept everything without giving it a second thought.

Some really great thoughts in this article on Beyonce and her new album. (note: lyrics are extremely sexual)

But, as I said, I could lob that criticism at most of what we consume in this culture. So much of it is bland, superficial, repetitious, existing for its own sake. Devoured quickly, with little intellectual effort, leaving you still hungry and slightly nauseated. I find it therefore annoying and confusing when people speak of Beyonce’s alleged genius, but the unwarranted intellectualization of vapid, empty nonsense is not the most troubling aspect of all of the Beyonce adulation in this culture. The most troubling aspect is that her music is called ”empowering.”

Never mind that “Beyonce” is more a brand than a person. The lady herself is a person, but what’s presented to the world is a carefully constructed and marketed product. It’s a narrative, a story, a walking and talking fantasy novel for girls. I don’t know how much of the final manuscript is Beyonce’s brainchild and how much comes from the team of people around her, but rest assured that everything we see is manufactured. This, after all, is a woman who hired a “visual director” to follow her around and document and stylize her every move.

Love to hear peoples thoughts on this.

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As I was writing this blog I was reminded of the SNL skit below for anyone who might say something negative about Beyonce. Enjoy

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Brett Ullman

Brett Ullman travels North America speaking to teens, young adults, leaders and parents on topics including sexuality, mental health, men, dating and media. Brett's seminars engage and challenge attendees to try and connect our ancient faith with our modern culture we live in. Participants are inspired to reflect on what we know, what we believe and how our faith ought to serve as the lens through which we view and engage tough conversations in our society today.

1 Comment

  1. Elijah Gwayumba

    This will definitely be a touchy issue. The author puts across a good point about the message behind the lyrics and how they can affect the listener. I also think he hits the nail on the head when he speaks of audiences cringing at Ephesians 5 but when Beyonce says to bow they are more than willing. It definitely sparks conversation and introspection into what we listen to and allow in our homes.

    What I find less than ideal about the article is I see no real understanding or appreciation of the genre. This wasn’t coming from a fan or from someone who loved this genre of music but from someone who does not seem to have a place for this type of art. With headlines like “there is no equality in marriage” “feminism is poison” , this author has a certain atmosphere to his writing, and I suppose grace isn’t the path he was going for.

    Will I ever show this article to someone who actually knows about/loves hip hop? No.
    Will I ever show this article to someone who loves beyonce? No
    Will I start asking why there are no articles from this author on the detrimental issues surrounding many country songs, rock songs, rock stars, or even elton john? No.
    Do i think this article builds a love for positive music? No.
    Do I think this article builds discernment? Debatable.

    Does this article have a few good points? Yes.
    Does this article appeal to a narrow demographic? Yes.(just look at the comments on orignal)
    Is this song and others like it detrimental to a young/impressionable mind? Yes.
    Do I still believe God is working in the life of Beyonce to bring her to saving faith in Jesus Christ? Yes

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