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Beyonce's 'Mrs. Carter World Tour' Makes Her Sound Like a Submissive Wife

by Maressa Brown on February 4, 2013 at 8:22 PM

beyonceAgh! After last night's inspiring "Beyonce Bowl," how could we not be girl crushing hard on the most talented diva of our time?! Bey OWNED the night (along with some help from Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams, of course) and went down in Super Bowl history as one of the best performances of the past decade -- no doubt! And she did it all while being an uber-empowered woman, hear her roar! But then she had to go and break our hearts by announcing the name of her upcoming tour ... It'll be the Mrs. Carter World Tour. Whaaaaaaat?!

Okay, okay, so we know she's a proud wife to Shawn Carter aka Jay-Z and proud new-ish mom of 1-year-old Blue Ivy Carter. But she's also freakin' BEYONCE. The one. The only! The "Independent Woman" who told us girls run the world! So why in Diana Ross' name is she hiding behind her husband's moniker?!

Really, what in the world is Bey thinking? She's not my fave, but Madonna has never tarnished her one-name identity by making a big show of a married name. I mean, could you have seen Madonna ever going on the "Mrs. Penn World Tour" or "Mrs. Ritchie World Tour"? How 'bout Cher ... Yeah, there was Sonny & Cher, but did she ever go on the "Mrs. Bono World Tour"? No, of course not! 

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On the other hand, we've seen famous, successful stars like Demi Moore and Jessica Simpson insist that they go by "Mrs. Kutcher" (on Twitter, how well did that work out? Ack!) and "Mrs. Lachey" (and how well did that work out ...?). Why? They're amazing on their own without having to create and seemingly embrace some alternate, "but I'm just his wifey!" identity.

It feels a bit disappointing, off-putting, and, yes, ridiculous for a woman who has had so much success on her own to call her very own, world-dominating tour "The Mrs. Carter World Tour." Yes, she's technically Mrs. Carter, but as supportive and sweet as I'm sure he has been along the way, Jay didn't build that. Bey did! And her world tour title should own it.

Check out the official announcement ...


How do you feel about Beyonce's world tour title?


Filed Under: celeb moms, celeb couples, beyonce


  • Jessic
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    February 4, 2013 at 7:49 PM
    This is ridiculous. You can take your husbands last name an still be a strong independent woman.
  • tuffy...


    February 4, 2013 at 7:54 PM
    She can do whatever she wants to do. What's wrong with her celebrating her marriage and the way it has shaped her art? Get over it. A REAL feminist celebrates and accepts women doing what makes them feel best and grow as human beings, not just as owners of vaginas. Get over yourself.
  • kelti...


    February 4, 2013 at 7:55 PM
    Um, gee I don't know. Maybe she's proud a wife and mother? I know that's not as glamorous and pc as being an "Independent Woman", but obviously she's happy and comfortable with her life.
  • Zamaria


    February 4, 2013 at 8:20 PM
    Ok, I'm not a fan of hers. At all. But I really think this article is unjustly critical. If you honestly think that calling her tour the Mrs. Carter world tour gives the message that she is no longer independant, you truly have no clue what independence is. I think that the statement she is making with the name of her tour is that while she is a married woman and a mom, she is still who and what she is, and that will never change, no matter what her name is. Just because people call me Mrs. ----- doesn't mean that I am any less independant than I was before I was married. Your article is ridiculous, and it's a bit insulting to those of us who are proud to have the same last name as our husbands.
  • La la
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    La la

    February 4, 2013 at 8:39 PM
    Give it a rest!! I proudly took my husband's name and I never gave up one bit of my soul. I am refered to as "Mrs. X" and I don't feel comprised for a second. I think that if you are secure in who you are, then who cares what they call you. Read the internet, she's been called worse. And this writer needs to stop making up crap to stir.
  • Flori...


    February 4, 2013 at 9:36 PM
    Wow. Why are so angry and bitter about how a celebrity refers to herself? You sound anti-man and anti-marriage.
  • sassy...


    February 4, 2013 at 10:49 PM
    Yet you stayed in jersey for your jersey boy? What? Gave up your independence in new york city for ho hum new jersey? Hows it feel maressa? To have your actions and relationships scrutinized?
  • Bruic...


    February 5, 2013 at 1:00 AM
    What's so wrong with being proud of you're married name? She IS Mrs. Carter. When I got married I didn't suddenly cease being me. In fact, I am better than what I was because I am part of a fantastic team. My last name represents my little family of 3 and I'll be damned if I'll be accused of "hiding behind my husband's moniker"! What an incredibly insulting article.
  • Mocha...


    February 5, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    She is embracing her new role in life as wife and mother, what is wrong with that? She isn't the same person she was 10 years ago...none of us are. This is a stupid arguement.

  • Eddie...


    February 5, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    What's it to you? Honestly, I don't know why Marisa still writes for this website, she's nothing but an angry and bitter person.

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