Beyonce, just fresh from singing the national anthem at the Inauguration – I’m sorry, lip-syncing the national anthem – has just released a brand new work of art.
I show it to you below, because it has news value. For some of you, this may be too offensive, so beware. The poetic refrain that anchors the song is “Bow down bitches.”
In my opinion, there are two competing qualities related to this song – it’s both offensive and stupid. I’m not sure which of these has the upper hand.
Beyonce can do whatever she wants – I really don’t care about Beyonce. But the Obamas have elevated her to the status of a kind of national songstress and associated the White House and the presidency closely with her. In doing so, they are severely demeaning both.
Michelle has portrayed Beyonce as a kind of alter ego, the woman she’d like to be if she couldn’t be Michelle Obama. She flew out at taxpayer expense to attend one of her concerts in Atlantic City and has used her to help promote her Let’s Move kids’ health campaign.
Meanwhile, Beyonce and her husband Jay-Z have had the inestimable honor of a visit not only to the West Wing but the White House Situation Room. And then she represented our nation by pretending to sing the National Anthem at the 2013 Inauguration.
The Obamas should not be disgracing the White House by associating it with purveyors of smut. What’s the point, Michelle, of trying to improve kids’ bodies when you give your approval to someone who would poison their minds?
President Obama, with his feet up on furniture, gum chewing, causal clothes in the Oval Office, appearances on dumb TV shows, and in many other ways, has already demonstrated he’s not intent on bringing any sense of elegance to the presidency and taken steps to demean it.
But let’s not chuck it in gutter.