Not everyone is drinking the lemonade. While much of the world is hailing Beyonce’s latest album, Lemonade, a masterpiece, Rapper Azealia Banks is calling it the “antithesis of feminism.”
In a series of tweets, Banks called out Beyonce for reinforcing what she called, “the heartbroken black female narrative.”
If you haven’t yet heard or seen Lemonade let me grant you a brief and literal synopsis. Almost every song leads with Beyonce reciting passages from Warsaw Shire’s poetry. Then we’re taken into 13 songs that, on the surface, are about Jay-z’s infidelity and Beyonce’s hurt feelings. In the end, Beyonce seemingly makes peace with whatever happened between them and they reconcile. I know that description probably isn’t going to make you want to watch/listen to the album, but you should. It’s more complex than what I’ve described.
Complex or not, Banks isn’t here for it.
Banks isn’t alone in her criticism of the album. Conservative blogger, Matt Walsh, shared these thoughts:
…“Beyonce” is more a brand than a person. The lady herself is a person, but what’s presented to the world is a carefully constructed and marketed product. It’s a narrative, a story, a walking and talking fantasy novel for girls. I don’t know how much of the final manuscript is Beyonce’s brainchild and how much comes from the team of people around her, but rest assured that everything we see is manufactured. This, after all, is a woman who hired a “visual director” to follow her around and document and stylize her every move.
The skepticism shared by both Banks and Walsh is fair. Beyonce’s transformation has come a bit too quickly for some. After all, she’s the same person who sang Cater to You, and likewise Jay-z’s to reference Tina Turner’s brutal beating with the lines, “Eat the Cake Anna Mae,” in her song “Drunk in Love.” Moreover, she isn’t the first person to laud feminism, so why is Beyonce seemingly getting all the credit for bringing it to the forefront?