Ever since Beyoncé released her newest track, “Bow Down/ I Been On,” the blogosphere has been buzzing with mixed reviews. While some are excited about this new Beyoncé, who appears more confident than ever, others are not impressed.
Keyshia Cole is among the unconvinced. The singer recently tweeted, “First ‘Women need to Stick together’ now b!t_es better Bow. Smh. But it’s all G! Chicks stay shooting the $#!t. But when I speak my mind its a prob. #Well #StayMad. SMH. Can’t stand when people all self righteous when it’s convenient it makes them look good. Lmao! But can still talk shit when convenient 2 FOH….I done kept it real from the start! #RespectTHAT.”
Keyshia’s point, while perhaps undermined by her rough-around-the-edges personality and public criticism of the Destiny’s Child Super Bowl performance, is valid. From the beginning, Beyoncé has taken on the persona of the “good girl,” always respectful, ladylike, prim and proper, even when her critics were not as considerate or kind. So much so that some have criticized her for being too stoic, insisting that she has never shown her true personality.
However, this new aggressive Beyoncé is proving to be too much for some listeners. From calling other women “bit_es,” to insisting that they should “bow down” because she is the true queen of the game, it’s no wonder Keyshia and others are now questioning this new Bey’s authenticity. Damned if you do and damned if you don’t.
I agree with Keyshia that Beyoncé’s new approach might not have been the most appropriate direction. Perhaps she should have built her way up to the unveiling of this persona rather than unleashing it on us like a Kung Fu kick. After all, name calling and challenging never sit well with any woman.
However, I can’t help but respect Bey’s gangsta.
We have no idea how many slights and jabs Beyoncé has taken over the years from not only the media but also from other artists behind the scenes in her everyday life. Ignoring them constantly and always attempting to be the bigger person can wear down even the most stoic. I think it’s asking a lot of her to never clap back or show any signs of aggression.
Does that make this behavior mature or acceptable? Some would argue no, but it is a true part of our lives. We don’t always feel that sisterly energy and love from other women, nor do we always want to sing women’s rights hymns and hold hands.
Meanwhile, other artists like Rihanna and Keyshia Cole are known for their feisty attitudes, and are even respected for them. It is unrealistic for fans and critics to ask that Beyoncé never show, for lack of a better word, her “bitchy” side, even if it is one that we are not accustomed to seeing from her. We must remember she is a whole person and is entitled to being a bitch sometimes. So if it makes us uncomfortable, that is our problem, not hers.