People are still upset that Beyoncé dared to call herself a feminist. Repeatedly. This time, singer Annie Lennox (yes, that’s right – sweet dreams are made of this – Annie Lennox) has something to say about it and declared Beyoncé to be, feminist lite. I’m sorry is she a brand of soda now?
In an interview with PrideSource, Lennox made rather harsh remarks regarding Beyoncé calling herself a feminist during her set at the recent MTV Video Music Awards:
I would call that “feminist lite.” L-I-T-E. I’m sorry. It’s tokenistic to me. I mean, I think she’s a phenomenal artist — I just love her performances — but I’d like to sit down (with her). I think I’d like to sit down with quite a few artists and talk to them. I’d like to listen to them; I’d like to hear what they truly think.
I see a lot of it as them taking the word hostage and using it to promote themselves, but I don’t think they necessarily represent wholeheartedly the depths of feminism — no, I don’t. I think for many it’s very convenient and it looks great and it looks radical, but I have some issues with it. I have issues with it. Of course I do. I think it’s a cheap shot.
This need for white women to police Black women’s definition and brand of feminism is troublesome, bothersome, and disturbing. Plus, it does nothing more than widen the chasm that already exists between white and Black feminists. What exactly are the depths of feminism Lennox is talking about? How does Beyoncé not represent them? And what does Lennox think Beyoncé is missing? Maybe we would find out if they actually had a sit down, but given these comments – that probably won’t happen any time soon.
Lennox also went on to criticize female artists like Beyoncé and their sexually charged routines and material:
I think what they do with it is cheap and … yeah. What can I tell you? Sex always sells. And there’s nothing wrong with sex selling, but it depends on your audience. If they’re 7-year-old kids, I have issues with it.
So, just to re-cap, another white woman believes it’s her duty to declare Beyoncé as not feminist enough and too sexy (maybe those things go hand in hand). In other news, water is wet.