Beyond any debate about the word feminism, Annie Lennox’s recent comments about Beyoncé illustrate something: It’s a really, really bad idea for anyone remotely famous to say anything bad about Beyoncé. It will always blow up in your face. People are not ready to read a single bad word about that lady.
What initially raised Lennox’s ire was Bey’s performance at the VMAs, in which Beyoncé stood tall onstage with the word “feminist” projected on a screen behind her. Since the performance also included a fair amount of pretty sexual dancing, Lennox wasn’t too happy with it, calling the performance “tokenistic” and saying that she was “feminist-lite.”
Earlier this week, NPR asked her to elaborate on those comments, and here’s what she said:
Twerking is not feminism. That’s what I’m referring to. It’s not liberating, it’s not empowering. It’s a sexual thing that you’re doing on a stage; it doesn’t empower you. That’s my feeling about it.
It came across as if I was slighting Beyoncé, which was not the case, not the intention whatsoever. I commend her… I adore Beyoncé. I think she is a sublime performer, artist. I think there’s no one [who] can touch her.
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