Apparently the cultural appropriation bug has struck again, and this time queen Bey was the target, but this week Beyonce has once again snatched the wigs, saris, and bindis off of everyone with internet access. Just days ago social media was ablaze with criticism over Beyonce’s portrayal of an Bollywood actress in the music video for Coldplay’s “Hymn for the Weekend.’ While Beyonce did not address the appropriation drama, she ended the week with an amazing Super Bowl performance, and the announcement of her Formation stadium tour all in one night!
Youtube comments and Tweets everywhere expressed the butthurt opinions of people that felt Beyonce was appropriating Desi culture, and being insensitive to their sacred beliefs. Of course Beyonce was too busy preparing to give birth to yet another earth shattering Super Bowl halftime performance to respond to the issue, however she did make time to drop a music video that let the world know that the only culture she is obsessed with is her own.
The Formation music video was heavily drenched in southern pride, black lives matter and New Orleans voodoo goodness. From the uncomfortable lyrics to the images in the video, Beyonce left no doubt that she is more concerned with her own culture than those she may or may not portray in videos, or sample in her music. More importantly Beyonce is once again giving women the inspiration to stand up, and live in their own skin without apologies.
Whether you are a long time Bey supporter, or simply have gotten swept up in the #Formation craze, one thing is for sure, you can not and will not deny what Beyonce is capable of, or the power in her most recent music video. Even Jackee Harry got her entire life to the blackest video Beyonce has ever put out!
It’s impossible to miss the messages in this song, and if you have, take a second to listen closely. Bey took time to address the claims that her fame is a result of her affiliation with the illuminati, and also made it clear that she loves her daughter’s natural hair and her husbands wide “Jackson 5 nostrils,” both which have been the topic of many jokes over the years. Be proud of your African features, work hard for what you want, and get in formation.
Bey’s Super Bowl halftime show did not disappoint, and while she was initially supposed to perform “Hymn for the Weekend” with Cold Play, she took her set up a notch and performed Formation just in case anyone missed it! With her dancers dressed in sexy Black Panther attire, Bey belted out the lyrics that everyone has been gagging over since the video hit! The world went crazy, and Beyonce comes out on top once again.
Also for anyone still in their feels about the appropriation in the Cold Play video, chew on this.