Beyonce’s Strange Week Loses Control Of The Narrative

This past week should have been a moment of pure celebration for Beyonce’s new album, “Renaissance.”

Reviews of the superstar’s seventh solo album were ecstatic, with Vulture saying her rich, exciting celebration of dance music and “a clear nod to the tradition of black queer creative writing” made her pop center of.

But as Daily Beast’s senior entertainment editor Kevin Fallon puts it, the album’s July 29 release has been plagued by a series of distracting “little scandals” all week. The scandals weren’t enough on their own to derail Beyoncé’s musical triumphs, but the conflict and controversy sprang up, surprising Fallon and other Beyoncé watchers because she typically maintains such tight control over her public image.

The “radical nature of micromanagement” surrounding Beyoncé and another pop diva, Taylor Swift, is “notorious,” Fallon said.

“Their respective publicists are notorious in media circles for seeming to suppress, deny or clarify any unpleasant story with their seemingly wizard-like agility,” Fallon added. The shocking part was the Beyonce scandal at all.”

The first controversy erupted when it was noticed that Beyoncé twice used a word thought to be offensive to people with disabilities on her new song “Heated,” according to BuzzNews. Beyonce faced particular outrage after Lizzo was named two months ago for using the same word “spaz” on her new single “Grrrls.”

BuzzFeed News said cerebral palsy sufferers and others slammed Lizzo’s use of the term, and to its credit, Lizzo’s people immediately issued a statement saying she never wanted to “promote derogatory language” and announced that the lyrics had been changed.

So for everything Lizzo has dealt with, it’s shocking that Beyoncé repeats the same mistake twice in “Heated.”

Even if Beyoncé personally missed headlines about the Lizzo controversy, people online couldn’t believe that none of her team, or the song’s 11 writers and nine producers, were unaware of the backlash, BuzzFeed News said. Some wondered if Beyoncé or those around her decided to keep the controversial word in the lyrics because they considered Beyoncé “above criticism.” As Beyoncé and her publicist quickly learned, she’s not.

“I think we’ve transformed the music industry and started a global conversation about why disability language — intentional or not — has no place in music,” disability advocate Hannah Diviney told The Guardian. wrote in the column.

UK disability charity Scope also called on Beyoncé, tweet, “Here we go again. Not long after Lizzo’s ableist language was released, there was one ableist slur on Beyoncé’s new album, but two. The experience of disabled people is not lyrical material. This has to stop.”

Beyoncé’s reps followed Lizzo’s lead, promising to revise the lyrics to “Heated.” A representative told Insider on Monday: “The word, not intended to be used in a harmful way, will be replaced.”

More little scandals soon followed. According to The Daily Beast, singer Kelis launched a series of rants on Instagram, accusing Bey of being “disrespectful” and a “thief” for her song “Energy” from Kelis’ 1999 debut album “Get Together With You” ” sample. . Kelly said Beyoncé did not honor her or compensate her.

In response, Beyoncé removed excerpts from Kelly’s songs, but when respected songwriter Diane Warren took to Twitter to question why Beyoncé’s songs had so much author credit in the first place, more Anxiety followed.

Warren said she wasn’t saying her problem was the “dark side,” saying she was “just curious,” but Beyhive, Beyoncé’s online fan base, took offense. According to the Los Angeles Times, they quickly trained Warren on sampling, the art of using clips of existing recordings. Warren finally apologized, saying she didn’t mean to insult anyone. “Thank you for making me realize this. There’s no need to be mean to it,” Warren said.

Unfortunately, the Beyhive’s strong reach couldn’t protect their heroine from another controversy involving one of her songs and a certain celebrity. Following reports that Beyoncé was removing the canny lyric from “Heated,” according to BuzzFeed News, Monica Lewinsky tweeted a suggestion that the singer should also consider a 2013 The song deletes her romance with former President Bill Clinton.

“Well, while we’re doing it… #Partition,” Lewinsky tweet On Monday, a link to a variety article about Beyoncé’s replacement of “hot” lyrics. “Partition” from Beyoncé’s self-titled album alludes to a specific sexual act that the then 21-year-old Lewinsky had during his affair with Clinton in the late 1990s.

Beyoncé sings about her co-star ‘Monica Lewinsky in my robe’ sexual encounter.This week, Lewinsky himself Say The lyrics could have been more accurate, “Bill Clinton in my robe.”

Unfortunately for Lewinsky, her request received mixed responses. Some expressed confusion, saying The Division was released nine years ago. Others have pointed out that Beyoncé isn’t the first musical artist to use Lewinsky’s name as a sexual innuendo in a song.

BuzzFeed News said Lewinsky acknowledged that and has long tried to mock the number of times she’s become a rap reference by adding “rap music muse” to her Twitter bio.

By the weekend, Lewinsky had yet to persuade Beyoncé to go back in time and change her “Division” lyrics, though it was unclear whether Lewinsky actually wanted her request granted.

Beyoncé and her reps appear to be busy putting out other fires, too. To their credit, the singer and her reps quickly put them out without any excuse, reason, or effort to fight back. It’s as if she wanted to bring people back to her music, Fallon said.

But all the misses have surprised Fallon and other observers.

“Beyoncé doesn’t do scandals. Beyonce controls the story,” Fallon said.


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