Remember Beyonce, super role model for girls everywhere, even the Obama daughters? Parents everywhere are listening to her much anticipated new song, Bow Down/I Been On, and wondering where that woman went.
In fact, if this song is any sign of what's to come when Bey's new solo album drops, mamas, you're going to want to cover your daughter's ears. Female empowerment just lost a champion.
Let's take a look at the lyrics, shall we?
I know when you were little girls/ You dreamt of being in my world/ Don’t forget it, don’t forget it/ Respect that: Bow down, b--ches.
Ouch. This from the independent woman, from Sasha Fierce, from the woman who taught us that "girls run the world?" Did she really have to go and refer to women she doesn't like as "b--ches?"
Yes, ladies, she did. And from a mom's perspective, her song gets even worse from there. It isn't just the usage of b--ch in a form that's anything but strong or assertive. Beyonce also dipped into the rap world and come up with more misogyny for the masses:
I heard your boo was talking lip/ I told my crew to smack that trick.
The word "trick" really puts it over the edge. It's a word I expect to hear out of male rappers, the type I refuse to let my daughter listen to.
But the mother in me expected more from Beyonce the female singer and Beyonce the mother of a little girl.
Don't you remember how the world got excited for a hot moment when rumor came out that husband Jay-Z was going to drop the b-word from his lexicon after the birth of daughter Blue Ivy? It soon turned out to be a hoax, but still, the idea was out there, and Bey certainly had to hear about it.
As the mother of a little girl, I'd like to think that she'd want to get on board, that she'd want to be a better person -- if not for herself than for her daughter, for all the girls out there who have grown up listening to her music, for the babies of a few years back who were dancing to Single Ladies and are now filling their iPods with Beyonce?
She has become their icon. Even the president said so. He called her the "perfect" role model for his teen daughters, called her out for her "class" and "poise."
Today, mothers like me are wondering where that class has gone.
Listen to the song and tell us -- will you allow your daughters to add this one to their playlists?
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