After hearing a bunch of hoopla, I felt compelled to watch the music video "Video Phone" today--well, not really. It was just a couple of seconds with the sound off. (I have a strong gag reflex, you see.) However, the few seconds I did see utterly disgusted me. Beyonce has become little more than a highly paid stripper, and it is disgusting and hypocritical that she is held in such high esteem and is commended as being a positive role model for Black girls.
they are the ones who have the problem. When Beyonce and similar Black singers have so much support from the mainstream, why shouldn't women dance or dress like them since they have such general approval? Secondly, why are Black celebrities celebrated when they act like prostitutes and strippers in the name of entertainment, but when black girls do it, it's a sign of the moral decay and the decline of the Black community? How can we expect Black women to value their bodies when we don't even ourselves? We treat it as just a commodity to get extra media attention or record sales--an object of lust, not of respect.
This condition in our community makes me even more discouraged because it causes me to think of Saartjie Baartman. She had no choice in having her body exploited for money, but here are Black women willing to take their clothes off because of their peoples' support and overall lack of respect and appreciation of the Black woman's body.
In conclusion, we as a people need to stop playing both sides by complaining about how women are behaving like tramps and then gush over those in the mainstream that do. If we want the future generation of Black women to carry themselves as ladies, then we must start to show our appreciation for those who are. If there were no demand, there would be no supply.
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