She had 3 minutes and 30 seconds to say whatever she wanted to. And what did she say? “Bow down bitches.” Many people, fans and spectators alike have commented on how the song is clearly aimed at Beyonce’s haters. I agree, I think it’s clear that intent behind this song was a warning to those in the industry who covet Beyonce’s success. Nevertheless, I still disagree with the message. Beyonce has been everywhere and done everything imaginable from having record shattering album sales, entertaining diplomats and dignitaries (including current U.S. President Barrack Obama), as well as being a generally well received figure in the U.S. and abroad. So it is upsetting that she should stoop to such a low level in order to appeal to those envious of her. There’s no better revenge than to excel in the midst of adversity and strife, something Beyonce has done exceedingly well. If you let the record sales speak, Beyonce is the unmatched industry titan.
Second of all Beyonce has a wide spread fan base that includes children boys and girls alike ages 12 and even younger. By putting out this kind of music Beyonce is saying to her supporters (those aforementioned children) that when they face is adversity from their peers they should tell those “bitches,” to “bow down” and if they don’t they should get “[their] crews to smack that trick”. It’s not a befitting message for a young mother to send. Imagine how well a scenario like that would play out in schools of Beyonce’s native Houston, it wouldn’t look so pretty would it? I find it funny how Beyonce claims to be more than just Jay-Z’s “little wife” but this song displays how much he’s influenced her. After all isn’t he the one that said “I got 99 problems but a bitch ain’t one,”?
Which brings me to my next point, if “bitches” aren’t a problem for the couple then why even address them? This is what catches my attention the most about the whole situation, as I said before there was no need for someone of Beyonce’s success and stature to make such a statement in the first place. Maybe “Bow Down” was intended to be a war cry, but it just makes Beyonce seem like she’s a scared little girl hiding behind a tough facade. If the “number one chick” doesn’t need any “hype” then why put this song out in the first place? Wasn’t song of this nature, a song that displaying a side of Beyonce we’ve never seen before and another step in her carefully calculated career designed to send a shock through the system, meant to do just that,stir up hype.
Furthermore, the type of language used in “Bow Down” only furthers the cycle of hate.Hollywood is vicious place full of vicious and vindictive people, some of which have never had the respect and love that a person deserves, so it makes sense that they would see someone like Beyonce as a target at which to direct their attacks. And while that doesn’t excuse their pettiness, Beyonce shouldn’t feel inclined to fire back at such nonsense.
I’m sure there are plenty of objections to my interpretation of this. You could say “oh she’s just an artist and this is art for art’s sake, she’s trying to challenge people’s perception of who she is and what she can do.” And while yes, I can see that Beyonce putting out a rap song that paid homage to her Houston upbringing would do that, I must say that the offensive,petty, and somewhat violent nature of lyrics wasn’t necessary. In any case, that’s my take on it