In light of recent events–those events being Solange Knowles trying to kick the crap out of Jay Z in an elevator with Beyonce in tow at the 2014 Met Gala and the subsequent firestorm that came with it–media are wondering whether or not Beyonce is really a feminist.
And by “media,” I mean “Wendy Williams and her team of underqualified and uninformed cronies.” See below for their interpretation of Beyonce’s behavior in the elevator–her behavior being to use words and not violence to try to sort whatever issue Jay Z and Solange had:
Williams and her crew are implying that in order to be a feminist–that is, a person who believes in the equal rights, privileges and treatment of both genders–one has to be brash, aggressive, and, well, basically like Solange in that situation. There’s nothing wrong with being outspoken or assertive, but there’s also nothing wrong with being passive in certain situations, either. Every person and every circumstance is unique, so judging the actions (or lack thereof) of anyone else is, as a whole, ignorant in the most literal way possible–as is their feigned understanding of what feminism is.
If Beyonce were truly as passive and dumb as this panel indicates, Beyonce would not be an empire. She would not have fired her own father. She would not work as hard as she does to maintain her image, because she’d be leaving everything up to everyone else.
No one is perfect, but let’s be real: Queen Bey comes much closer to (***)flawlessness than a tabloid HLN reporter, a talking head whose record exec father provides opportunities via nepotism and a catty talkshow queen whose stock and trade is in obnoxiously bringing other people down. You can be Sasha Fierce at work and Mrs. Carter at home, and that’s fine–and that’s still, if you believe in basic equality, feminist. Now please, haters, trolls and bitches, please bow down and proceed to the left (to the left).