Beyoncé, Role Model?

When Time recently named the world's "most influential" people, the formerly-influential magazine decided to put the mononymous Beyonc� on the cover. The gifted singer has also won high praise from none other than President Obama, who called her the perfect "role model" for his daughters. Meanwhile, Mrs. Obama has expressed her desire to trade places with Beyonc� for just one day.

Well, the object of their admiration has released a song called "Partition," which includes these charming lyrics:

Now my mascara running, red lipstick smudged
Oh, he's so horny yeah he wants to f***.
He popped all my buttons and he ripped my blouse,
He Monica Lewinsky-ed all on my gown.

Not exactly Mary Wells singing "My Guy" or Lesley Gore doing "It's My Party." The video version features a nearly-naked Beyonc� at her sultriest, and the entire album has been described as "misogynistic, risqu�, and irresponsible." There is no issue with adults opting for this form of entertainment – but does President Obama really believe Beyonc� is a perfect role model for his children? Would he allow his daughters to watch the video and sing the lyrics? And what's the thinking at Pepsi, which is paying Beyonc� $50 million to promote its soda?

Then there's Beyonc�'s husband Jay-Z, who performed at President Obama's inauguration last year and who claims to exchange text messages with the president. You know Jay-Z. He's the rapper who became ultra-rich by referring to women as "bitches" and "hos" – and now he has the ear (and phone number) of our president. Only in America.

Barack and Michelle Obama seem very genuine in their desire to help poor children, but their pals are damaging poor children. Jay-Z degrades women and glorifies violence, while Beyonc� implicitly tells young girls to sex it up. Who has more influence? The First Family? Or the First Family of Entertainment?

Talk to educators in poor neighborhoods and they will tell you that the debasement of our culture, of which music is a big part, has coarsened children in general and put high-risk kids in a dangerous place. Taking drugs, having sex, and being violent is not only socially acceptable in many precincts, it is downright glamorous.

So here's some unsolicited advice for President Obama: If you really want poor black children to have a better shot in life, why not send a three-word text to Jay-Z: "Knock it off!" And ask him to pass the message along to his wife.

As for Michelle Obama, she should be on television every day telling young women that getting pregnant outside of marriage is destructive, both to mother and child. The real role models for young black children are Barack and Michelle Obama, not their very talented but misguided pals.

  • loupgarous

    While I’m skeptical about Beyonce’s fitness to be a role model, the American People would almost from a statistical basis benefit from Beyonce and her partner trading places with the Obamas for one day. Or until January 22nd, 2017. JayZ might be a little full of himself, but he might also be less prone to take orders from Obama’s bosses on Wall Street as slavishly as Obama does.

    • Chuck

      I don’t know about that. Remember that Jay-Z even hangs out with Warren Buffet, since they both agree that large sums of wealth should be donated, rather than passed on to children.

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  • Ryan Nichols

    JayZ is also part owner of the Brooklyn Nets. He’s been recorded saying some extremely offensive things. . But nobody bats an eye. . Sad

  • Josh

    I don’t hold this against Mr. and Mrs. Obama personally. They’re just playing ball on a field that’s completely tilted. They can hold Beyonce as a role model because they can get away with doing so.

    Bill O’Reilly, Fox and the other folks who might call them on this are already maligned as grumps and worse — maybe even as racists. So before you can even say anything, mainstream polarization has already ensured that you’re only preaching to the choir. To everyone else, criticism is just masked bigotry.

    Obama didn’t create this, he’s just lucky enough to be a liberal Democrat president during the peak of this separate-standard nonsense.

    Obama has the luxury of claiming Beyonce as a role model due to her voice, her wallet, and her looks. Every single person in the world who knows Beyonce and her lyrics, her husband Jay, her style of dress, etc., knows that she’s the antithesis of a role model for young girls. But when you’re coming up in America in this day and age, you’re made to feel as if you have to choose a side. When you choose that side, you ignore the bad in-house and fight with your tribe.

    It’s cool to like Beyonce. Therefore it makes the Obamas cool to like Beyonce.

    How much could they really care about anything other than their own image if they’re simply playing politics with every little thing they do? I couldn’t and wouldn’t say that they don’t care. I don’t know. I just know they’re intensely political people who are constantly on their game. Forget that they’re the Obamas; does that type of person ever really care about anything?