Queen Bey Under Fire
Texas pop superstar and self-described "modern-day feminist" Beyoncé is taking heat from both concerned parents and women's activists this week in the wake of her steamy duet with husband Jay Z at the Grammy Awards. The couple opened the awards ceremony with a much-anticipated performance of Beyoncé's current chart-topper "Drunk in Love," an uncompromising and blush-worthy opus to marital bliss.
With the lights down low and smoke machines at full blast, Queen Bey hit every note with ease while she writhed around a rotating chair in a sheer body suit. A tuxedo-clad Jay-Z sneaked onstage halfway through the track as the two proceeded to grind their way to the audience.
Fans gushed as grumpy critics turned to social media.
The Daily Mail compiled a list of rants, with angry parents leading a barrage of complaints calling Beyoncé's efforts everything from "inappropriate" to "disgusting." Others asked why she is celebrated for twerk-ridden dance moves that nearly ruined Miley Cyrus' career in August — although, a quick look at each performance (here and here) should settle that debate pretty quickly.
Meanwhile, critics have been quick to point out that the 32-year-old Beyonce — in spite of her recently published essay on gender inequality — made her way through the song wearing barely a stitch while her husband danced fully clothed.
Beyoncé's brand of 21st-century feminism has been hotly discussed for years, particularly since her marriage to Jay Z in 2008. Although pop stars like Lady Gaga, Bjork and Katy Perry refuse to call themselves feminists, the Houston native has come to embrace the label, albeit reluctantly.
"I guess I am a modern-day feminist," she told British Vogue in April 2013, adding that the word can be "very extreme."
She continued, "Why do you have to choose what type of woman you are? Why do you have to label yourself anything? I’m just a woman and I love being a woman. ... I do believe in equality and that we have a way to go and it’s something that’s pushed aside and something that we have been conditioned to accept."