Hey, all. So this post is going to get real candid and real blunt. If you have a pulse, you know that Beyonce recently released her new music video “Formation” and also performed it at the Super Bowl. However, there’s been tons of controversy about it. I wasn’t going to say anything, but as someone who is a minority, I feel like I might as well. So here we go…
First off, let me tell you what this video is about for some of you who are unsure. This video basically addresses Beyonce haters, Black power, and women power. The lyrics are plain as day. She doesn’t give a sh** about what people think about her daughter’s hair or her man’s nose. She also thinks it’s hella corny how everyone thinks the Illuminati is why she’s so successful. She also reminds us that although she is Beyonce, she is still county and African American and is F*CKING PROUD OF IT and everyone in the African American community should get in line (#formation) and be just as proud. It also addresses some of the unjust violence against African-Americans. This video is literally a visual anthem to her people aka African Americans.
So why are people upset? From what I gathered, people think that she’s ignorant and she shouldn’t be racism. To be real, most of these critics are everything BUT African-American. Since when is it wrong for a person to be proud of their culture, their heritage, their nationality??? Let me tell you something… IT’S NOT. Some went as far to say she’s promoting violence towards police. WHAT. THE. F*CK. No one was killed or threatened in that video. The only violence she’s addressing is the violence against African Americans, which happens whether there’s a music video on it or not. Is her video promoting hate or violence towards another race? Nope. What it is promoting are pride and awareness. If Jennifer Lopez released a video about being proud to be Latina, would there be this much controversy?
The fact of the matter is racism exists and it’s real. YOU may not be a racist but there are plenty of people who are, whether they’re hiding it or not. If you don’t think racism exists but you’re offended by someone else showing pride towards their own race, then you need to reevaluate your life. There is nothing wrong with showing pride and addressing real-life issues in your music. This music video does NOT need your validation. Point Blank.