Beyonce's CMAs Performance Was Not Misplaced -- People Are Just Misinformed

Beyonce at the Tidal party

I love Beyonce, but not enough to tune into the entire Country Music Association Awards. Nope, not gonna do it. Never. But some people did -- even with the TV on mute until Bey did her thing singing "Daddy Issues" (her most country song to date) alongside the Dixie Chicks. The performance was celebrated by many (country fans and non-country fans alike), but then of course there were an ignorant few who decided this performance was misplaced and that Bey herself was misplaced by being at the awards show at all. But, almost coincidentally, it was reported that all traces of Beyonce's performance had been deleted from the CMA's social media accounts.

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A CMA spokesman for the company has since made a statement denying that the organization was trying to sweep her performance under the rug (presumably to appease ticked-off fans). The network is kinda placing blame on Beyonce and her people, ultimately addressing only its promo clips for the show and stating, "CMA removed a 5-second promotional clip from ABC.com and CMA's Facebook page. The promo was unapproved and CMA removed it prior to the broadcast."

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The statement continued: "Beyonce's performance with Dixie Chicks was a highlight of the evening and we are continuing to share the amazing full-length performance clip via our official social channels." Yeah, they reposted Bey's own Instagram post from the night of the CMAs -- the day after.

#Repost @beyonce #CMAawards50 ��� Daddy Lessons ft. Dixie Chicks www.beyonce.com

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However, many (including myself) believe that certain footage was reposted only after the organization was called out -- so with that said, I'm calling so much bullsh*t it's not even a joke.

The network clams it was waiting on approval from Beyonce before posting images and videos. But this woman's track record shows that she's the queen of the "all publicity is good publicity" mantra. I don't know her or claim to know her, but I'm also not about to play the damn fool. Because I'm not here for pretending that this makes even the slightest bit of sense. It doesn't. Beyonce didn't want free publicity? Yeah, okay, and the sky isn't blue. She's rich but she didn't get that way by making foolish decisions.

And, furthermore, it's not as if the country music community hasn't been known to take a stand when it comes to controversy. Seriously, do I have to remind you about the big George Bush incident of 2003? It probably was what prompted Dixie Chicks band member Natalie Maines to recently tweet, "I'm pretty sure I've uttered the sentence, 'I will never perform on the CMA's [sic] again as long as I live'" -- until, of course, she had the opportunity to meet Queen B, which she illustrated in her tweet with a bumblebee emoji. 

What exactly am I saying? I'm saying it wouldn't shock me if the network acted like a bunch of spineless puppets and was unwilling to take a stance if it went against the grain because of some ridiculous fans trolling and (some) even urging people to "boycott."

This incident makes it seem like the network is taking its cues from an ignorant bunch, when truly it should be taking this time to educate its viewers. Because in addition to calling bullsh*t, I'm also pulling the "black card," as some of you will undoubtedly claim in the comments of this very post. And I'm definitely calling the haters out for cultural unawareness, because yet again people's ignorance (black, white, or otherwise) and lack of knowledge have allowed them to overlook the facts -- once more. 

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She doesn't belong at the country music awards? False. I'll be the first to tell you that country music -- like many other genres -- was founded through the sorrows and souls of black people. So, as far as not belonging goes, it's just inaccurate and in poor taste to say.

In fact, she or any other African-American who chooses to cross over back to her roots in country music should have a damn seat at the table whenever she's ready to take it. That's first and foremost.

Let's start getting real here -- because this just isn't going to fly with me. Not today. Not. Today. 

Next let us recall how warmly welcomed Justin Timberlake (who is not a country music star) was during his performance last year -- before we dare to say that none (like absolutely none) of this was racially charged. And although Taylor Swift did not perform this year, she too was shown the utmost love while handing out Entertainer of the Year and she's certainly not a country musician -- not anymore. 

So whether fan backlash was based on the fact that Beyonce supports movements such as Black Lives Matter or merely her complexion in itself, it definitely seems to be linked back to some racism. Sure, not all of it is racially charged, but some of it was. And it seems that the organization did not respond properly.

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And if that just wasn't enough for you, then I'd like to point out that not only have white entertainers attended (Tom Cruise, anybody?) the BET Awards -- but Sam Smith actually beat a plethora of black artists for the Best New Entertainer of the Year in 2015. These performers were embraced and welcomed -- not ostracized and bullied.

And while this may not be as big of an issue as police brutality and the disproportionate and senseless murdering of black men at the hands of police, it certainly does give insight into harmful racial stereotypes, prejudice, and overall lack of awareness surrounding the influence of black culture on many aspects of modern-day music.

Truthfully, I'm not just pointing fingers at white people, but black ones, as well. There are black people who help perpetuate these ignorant stereotypes by pegging country music as "white music." So the truth is everyone needs to have a seat and rethink what it is that they were taught in history, because sadly black history only ever extends itself to about 50 or so pages in those textbooks, and the only topics there are bits and pieces of slavery and how we got to the civil rights movement. Unfortunately, the rest of our history is buried under the day-to-day lesson plans that solely serve to teach us about white America.

So, the solution is simple. Get a book. Go to Google. Just educate yourselves. Because if Bey wanted control over images from her performance, that's fine ... but if someone else wanted to erase her from this night of music because she didn't fit its stereotype or people didn't think she belonged there -- well, then, there's still a lot to learn.

 

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