Feminist Scholar Bell Hooks Calls Beyonce A Terrorist

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May 8, 2014 ‐ By
 Bell Hooks Calls Beyonce A Terrorist

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Yesterday, The New School in New York City hosted a panel discussion with legendary Black feminist bell hooks, author and activist Janet Mock, filmmaker Shola Lynch and author Marci Blackman.

As per normal, when black women congregate, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter becomes the center of their conversation. As their discussion unfolded and developed, the Beygency was almost called to escort and erase the identity of bell hooks, as the author and professor made controversial statements about the “Flawless” singer in regards to her effect on young girls and visual media.
To start things off, the women spoke on Beyonce’s controversial TIME cover  with the singer dressed in an undershirt and underwear, an image hooks said Beyonce has little control of.

“Let’s take the image of this super rich, very powerful Black female and let’s use it in the service of imperialist, white supremacist capitalist patriarchy because she probably had very little control over that cover — that image. “

hooks continued on by stating Yonce “colluded in the construction of herself as a slave.” When the conversation shifted to Beyonce’s music, transgender activist Janet Mock explained Beyonce’s “Partition” song opened the door to her own sexual freedom, stating:

“Having ‘Partition’ come out a couple months before my book came out — when I am writing about sex work and sexual abuse and issues with my body, my sexuality — it was freeing to have Beyoncé owning her body and claiming that space.”

hooks countered Mocks’ beliefs by responding: “I see a part of Beyoncé that is in fact anti-feminist — that is a terrorist, especially in terms of the impact on young girls.”

This political debate circles around Beyonce’s sexual and financial agency. By labeling the entertainer as a terrorist, hooks concludes Beyonce is attacking the economic, social and political advancement of young girls, pushing her stanch desire that Beyonce (and young women) choose images that do not reflect an elitist white class of people.

However, I believe the real problem lies in the over-saturation of expectations from Beyonce. With her recent feminist campaigns, we politicize the singer to a great extent.  We’ve begun to  hold the singer accountable to our own economical and sexual standards or lack thereof. By forgetting  Beyonce was once in the same societal class as her fans, we only note her fame, sex appeal and riches. So perhaps, it is us who terrorize Beyonce with our own obsessive interest for her to be electrifying and yet, ordinary.

Thoughts?

Below is the video, of the New School discussion that was surprisingly entitled: Are You Still A Slave? 

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  • killer_queen

    Earlier my sister & I were having a discussion about artists who very talented but aren’t recognized because they don’t take off their clothes and shake their behinds for the world. People are stupidly buying into Beyonce’s gimmick & they cult she has following her is creepy. They put her on this high level & see her as something as a god, when I honestly don’t see what’s so special about her.

  • Brooks

    Madonna, Janet Jackson, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Lady Gaga, Rihanna all have built their massive wealth on their sexuality! Madonna proclaimed herself a proud feminist and a trailblazer decades ago. Feminist Gloria Steinheim and others have polarized Madonna’s incredible success & wealth for years. Just like Beyonce, Madonna was slammed for her role model status because of her explicit image. In other words, what is Beyonce doing that Madonna or others haven’t done in the music industry? NOTHING! This is nothing new, it’s the same old strategy repackaged and marketed to a new generation. Let’s make no mistake, Beyonce is very powerful now and she definitely chose her Time Mag Cover image. So either Beyonce is much smarter than we give her credit for because, she knows what keeps us talking about her OR Beyonce is incredibly naive and has no clue of what she really is saying, writing and endorsing. I noticed the one word that seems to be missing when we talk about Beyonce is intelligent? Beyonce is not that dumb and she has been creating this image for the past 10 years. I don’t think it’s a result of her Dad or Husband but rather her hunger to exist at the top of the music industry! Like Michael Jackson, Prince & Madonna…Beyonce is obessed with her own image. And so are the power-hungry men that run her record label, all the record labels. Why? Because a sexual female image makes millions! This is not a Black & White issue. This is a GREEN issue. Sad but true. If we want Beyonce to keep her clothes on then we have to support singers WHO really are about the singing and who are not about the image!

  • http://www.charcoal-ink.com/ Kagem

    I’m sad bell hooks felt like she needed to blast her on a public forum like that. I’m pretty sure she didn’t call Beyonce and let her know how she felt. I’m a fan of Beyonce but I’m sick of her being over-analysed. Just let this girl dance to Crazy in Love, damn!

  • Guest

    So many words….the only thing I thought stood out was the fact that the author didn’t capitalize the first letter in Bell Hooks’ first or last name at any point in this entire article.

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  • ModerateFeminist

    Terrorist? I’m a feminist but I dont understand this reoccurring theme in this belief system where there’s criticism about “not being feminist enough.” This does a disservice to the advancement of women because we’re moving women from one box into another. Patriarchy says you must be like this, and now feminism says you must be like this. The goal should be autonomy. If Beyonce’s interpretation of feminism is different from yours, so be it. But there are bigger issues impeding the advancement of women as opposed to whether or not you like Beyonce’s interpretation of feminism. They should have been discussing equal pay, sexual harassment in the work place, or even the restatement of affirmative action which helps minorities and women of all backgrounds.

  • Athena H.

    Anyone who bashes Beyonce for her choices as a woman, mother, wife and entertainer is going against the very fabric of Feminism. Feminism, in itself, is the push for women to be able to define for themselves what they do and who they are and not feel the need to conform to any societal norms. There are many ways for a woman to embrace her sexuality and exert her power. She can choose to embrace it by pushing it the forefront or by keeping it mysterious. By condemning Beyonce or any woman for the way she chooses to embrace herself and exude pride in who she is, is completely self-serving and does not contribute to the Feminist ideology. I’d prefer to take pride in the fact that Beyonce feels free enough to express herself in anyway she sees fit–a huge step forward for women–and as a woman I can decide what freedom looks like for me and express it in anyway I see fit. Instead of raising our daughters to fit into one section of expression or another let’s arm them with the knowledge that the modes of expressing themselves are infinite and most importantly, their choice.

  • not a clone

    one day people with be able to think for themselves …… but as usual the masses want someone to be what they themselves cannot!

  • wow

    All Im saying is that beyonce a Pop Icon and knowing around the world, she human give her a break shes not the blame for everything people do or have a view on!

  • wow

    The woman as a right to her views but she as to understand beyonce is one of biggest face in the world and it doesnt matter she a globe face so people are going like a her in a differnt like! So I dont agree with her comments is over the top!

    • Zia Paul

      Clarify this statement. I have no idea what you are getting at.

  • enlightenment

    Can someone enlighten me as to why bell hooks isn’t capitalized?!

    • Hope

      It was a choice she personally made with her first book. It stands for the fact that the ideas/content are meant to be bigger than the person.

  • Matt Langdon

    bell hooks seems to want Beyoncé to conform to what hooks thinks is appropriate behavior for black entertainers. It’s a bit absurd because there is no reason why Beyoncé should be expected to conform more than – say – Madonna or Lady Gaga or any white entertainer you can name. Beyoncé has the freedom to do what she wants. bell hook’s radicalism in this case just makes her seem a bit out of touch. Beyoncé is a multi-million dollar celebrity by choice.
    Oddly, hooks, is making a somewhat similar argument that Bill O’Reilly made, which is that Beyoncé is somehow hurting young black women by shaking her hips. We need to stop blaming the media and entertainers for the problems that young women face. It’s a scapegoat that doesn’t tackle the real problems that are economic, educational, historical. Beyoncé is just this year’s excuse.

    • oval

      i think people in this thread are not policing her behaviour,songs or dressing just questioning it’s effects,there is an overindulgunce of sensuality,sexuality,sex,vulgarity etc in bey’s career and it does have a negative effect ,it’s borderline mannerless,tacky, breeds lust, allows titillation of women and men,impure thoughts and women following her ways and justifying that is a form of liberation,i think to an extent bey’s brand is messing with women’s spirits and minds,and it is being hidden under her feminism
      she cannot be blamed fully as there are pop ratchet women and men who are doing the same thing but she is partly this year’s excuse
      her brand is being scrutinized closely as she decided to come out of her raunchy closet as a feminist and liberator of women’s sexuality

      • Matt Langdon

        You lost me a bit on ‘impure thoughts’. Really? That’s an argument from the 1930’s. As for lust, titillation, etc. people are quite capable of shaking their booty alone without any aid from visual images in the media. if the problem is sex then I have to disagree. People always have sex. If the problem is teen girls getting pregnant then the problem is schools and teaching and parents well before it is on Beyoncé. If it is girls being entranced by false, shallow sexual stereotypes then you have to go after an entire industry. And I would argue that if women are lured by such images it is only because they see them as a way to get what they want. Teen girls are not dumb. They see what society deems important. In that regard bell hooks has a point. But it doesn’t work by calling Beyoncé a ‘terrorist’.

        • oval

          You lost me a bit on ‘impure thoughts’. Really? That’s an argument from the 1930’s -and it still stands,ever heard of one’s body is their temple?,keep on feeding it impurity and wat nots and see it’s negative effect on the mind and spirit
          people are quite capable of shaking their booty alone without any aid from visual images in the media. true but media has catapulted it to bigger levels and it’s effects are not all rainbows and unicorns-see instagram and all other social media
          If the problem is teen girls getting pregnant then the problem is
          schools and teaching and parents well before it is on Beyoncé.nope my worry is bey’s brand targets above 18 years , women who still do not have a definition of their sexuality on lock,they are easily swayed and defend her body of work very creepily
          If it is girls being entranced by false, shallow sexual stereotypes then you have to go after an entire industry-i am going for it and hoping people see they should be a balance in portraying sexiness,not everything that your fave does is perfect
          .

          And I would argue that if women are lured by such images it is only because they see them as a way to get what they want. -yup that is why discussions are important not just at a family set-up ,in all set-ups imaginable

          Teen girls are not dumb-sometimes they are hindsight is 20/20
          in that regard bell hooks has a point-she does ,but bey has build a brand that is being defended at creepy levels and no-one can criticize her at all
          But it doesn’t work by calling Beyoncé a ‘terrorist’.-agreed

  • cutitout

    Beyoncé is an entertainer and a pop star and she does what pop stars do. She is not the first and she won’t be the last. As long as she is doing what she truly wants to do, then she is a feminist. That’s what true feminism truly is. DOING YOU.Just because what she does happens to be appealing to the mainstream and attractive to men, doesn’t mean that she is not, or being a bad feminist. I would argue that tailoring your existence in opposition or rebellion to what is widely deemed as beautiful and mainstream is anti feminist. It is reactionary and at the end of the day, the system is still dictating your life.
    Bottom line, mind your business and do you.

    • facy

      we cannot mind our business and do we
      we need to be real about the effects of music,performances,videos and imagery on peeps
      it is powerful and a huge influencer to our minds and spirits ,if it wasn’t,the entertainment business would not shell out millions on artists,models etc who are willing to sell sex in any shape and form,it has value albeit to a certain point too much of sexuality becomes detrimental,and we should call out popstars whether they are first ,second,third or last
      our souls and spirits should not be inundated by sex,sexiness,sensuality etc 24/7365
      ”That’s what true feminism truly is. DOING YOU”.i highly doubt bey is doing what you have described, if anything bey is
      using the oldest trick in the book-sex- to garner power and cheating
      herself and other women that it is all for her self and by herself-this
      would make sense if her career was limited to the four walls in her home
      but since her work has been released to the public,her brand does only DO HER as long as she tours,makes sales,ad does her campaign
      ”I would argue that tailoring your existence in opposition or rebellion
      to what is widely deemed as beautiful and mainstream is anti feminist”. -ehhh no i do not define myself as a feminist or anti feminist, i cannot say all things that feminism has done for us,if one does the opposite it is anti-feminist, can i say that feminist have deemed what might be beautiful and mainstream has been detrimental to young girls and women,i hope you are not trolling us
      ”It is reactionary and at the end of the day, the system is still dictating your life. ”
      i don’t think all of this 104 comments are reactionary
      we all live and have lived and will continue to live in some form of a system and the best thing is to take the good,and work out the bad-everything needs a balance including sexiness

  • rainbow

    Leave Bey alone!!!

  • whocares

    Feminists find fault in everything … bell hooks has been criticizing female celebrities going all the way back to when Madonna was huge back in the day. Her views are a little too extreme for me most of the time. More to the point is Beyonce’s an entertainer not some kind of guiding signpost. People need to stop trying to assign her all this power. It’s not that serious.

  • Hope

    What honestly annoys me about this, is I have seen at least four articles on different websites about bell hooks calling Beyonce a terrorist. However, hooks gave four talks this week at the New School, with other intellectually stimulating people such as Melissa Harris-Perry, Janet Mock, and Shola Lynch. During these almost ten hours of talking about things, such as protecting our black girls, and white patriarchy, this…I mean this is what we decide is the most important piece to extract. I watched all of the talks, and compared to the other incredibly provocative and interesting insights, this one sentence was to me the least memorable, and yet this is what we want to focus on. Let’s do better.

    • mmmdot

      EXACTLY.

  • Kim

    I think in discussions such as these people confuse a critique of Beyonce as an attack on her person, or a particular interest in her as a person. The focus here is her place as an image/commodity within a larger capitalist, patriarchal structure. In that sense she is certainly significant whether we “like” her or not. Most of the backlash against her I feel stems from the fact that she labels herself a feminist–which she is not. Being a financially independent woman who has the liberty to celebrate (dare I sat flaunt?) her sexuality does not a feminist make. The word feminist continues to be bandied about quite recklessly in that sense, and I think that is what she is being held accountable for. The question of “fault” is misguided; a better one would be does she understand what is it she claims she stands for?

    • Matt Langdon

      If I may, the point of feminism is not to condemn or criticize women for choosing certain paths. The point of feminism isn’t telling people not to adhere to sexual stereotypes or play into the patriarchal structure. Feminism is about telling women that they shouldn’t feel obligated to follow certain paths or adhere to what might be deemed anti-feminist. But they should have the right to do so if they wish.

  • Fair and Balanced

    First and foremost, stop generalizing Black women. Beyonce is not always the topic of conversation when Black women gather. The Black race is generalized enough and we do not need to add to the ignorance, after all there is enough of that running ramped in many of our communities not all but many.

    Secondly, for those of us who are raising daughters we need to teach them about real life and encourage education as well as respect for themselves. Although many of us may listen to her music and our children may listen and see her videos as parents we are responsible for guiding them and as mothers we are their main influence.

    Thus, whatever Beyonce says or does really should not have that big of an influence if any at all on our daughters because we are in control and we guide them not outside influences. If we raise our daughters with values and respect for themselves regardless of what the outside world does they will have those values intact and know the difference between reality and the flip side of the world.

    I know it is not easy but we have to care enough about ourselves and those we bring to this world. If our lives were bad growing up and currently living we should want better for our daughters. If we don’t know how, reach out to someone who does and is willing to help guide you.

  • anonymous

    Is there a good(!) reason to spell Bell Hook’s name in lower case letters throughout, while all the other names are consistently spelled starting with capital letters? I am not on one side or the other of the debate. But I do think that even when one opposes someone else’s ideas, one should not diminish their dignity as a person, which seems to be implied in case the author did this on purpose.

    bell hooks
    bell hooks

    • anonymous

      I don’t know why her name appears twice at the end of my post, this was not me…

    • LaurenFoxMN

      From bell hooks: One of the many reasons I chose to write using the pseudonym bell hooks, a family name (mother to Sarah Oldham, grandmother to Rosa Bell Oldham, great-grandmother to me), was to construct a writer-identity that would challenge and subdue all impulses leading me away from speech into silence. I was a young girl buying bubble gum at the corner store when I first really heard the full name bell hooks. I had just ‘talked back’ to a grown person. Even now I can recall the surprised look, the mocking tones that informed me I must be kin to bell hooks – a sharp-tongued woman, a woman who spoke her mind, a woman who was not afraid to talk back. I claimed this legacy of defiance, of will, of courage, affirming my link to female ancestors who were bold and daring in their speech. Unlike my bold and daring mother and grandmother, who were not supportive of talking back, even though they were assertive and powerful in their speech, bell hooks as I discovered, claimed, and invented her was my ally,

    • Guest

      My comment exactly! Looks like mine was deleted. Ha!

  • Ms. Nola

    Just so we are all clear. When black women convene to disucss our families, our lives, politics, social issues, our volunteer work, our faith and even our place in the universe…Beyonce certainly does NOT come up.

    We are not silly twittering fourteen year old girls.

  • http://www.pleasuramabooks.com Maureen Tuohy

    Oh dear…perhaps some of us would prefer our entertainers to just dance and sing and not speak…about anything…personally if I’m looking for insight & depth on a subject the last place I’m going to look for it is out of the mouth of a pop star, they are not there to liberate me or expand my thinking just to entertain…and that’s all I expect them to do….

  • IllyPhilly

    Blame her fans, those are the real terrorists. LOL

  • Annalytical

    “As per normal, when black women congregate, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter becomes the center of their conversation.”
    WRONG, WRONG, WRONG. Beyonce is doing nothing for us that would garner her that level of prominence in our conversations or daily lives.
    The only “as per normal” is that this article is desperately in need of an editor.

    • Guest

      I think you missed the sarcasm or irony that was intended in that statement; but to each is own. Be blessed.

      • Annalytical

        Perhaps, but I don’t think so. I think the author, as well as the majority of the MN writing team, believe “Yonce” is so profound that of course we’d center our conversations around her – as they apparently do. This is evidenced by the sheer number of Beyonce related of articles on this site. You be blessed as well :)

        • Guest

          LOL, I guess my sarcastic mind always catches the sarcasm of others. I do think some people go a little overboard when it comes to the discussion of Beyonce as I take her as nothing but a singer, dancer, and a terrible actress. Still love her regardelss though lol

  • B

    Came to read the comments thinking someone would at least denounce naming Bey a terrorist and what am I reading?! Are y’all serious? Are we going to really going to start throwing the word around as if it’s the latest slang; especially at a time like this when the world is shocked at the abduction of more than 230 girls by terrorists! I don’t care what she meant to say, she is wrong to have used that word!

    • Educated

      The word terrorist is defined more than 8 different ways. The CIA, FBI, Federal Gov’t, and agencies over seas define terrorist differently. It’s all about interpretation. There is no real definition period. I think protestors are terrorist, but hey Im a junior in college majoring in international relations with a minor in public policy…what do I know?

      • B

        I studied International Relations, Political Science and Public Administration. .
        Now, you may need to compare the definitions of Terrorism or who a terrorist is, but would any of these definitions fittingly describe Beyonce?
        So someone gets called terrorist for blowing up the World Trade Center, another for being reponsible for multiple bombings and killings of innocent people running into their thousands and yet another one gets called a terrorist for telling her haters to bow down? Is there any sense in that? Tupac sang ‘Hit’em up’!
        I’m yet to see how Bey’s music including the Bow Down track incites such fear in young girls so much so that ‘good’ bell hooks thinks to say she is a terrorist.

  • Natasha

    Wow!!!! There are a lot of posts for & against Beyonce the so called Feminist – terrorist! Well Beyonce & Rihanna are the two Black Entertainers who are the most influential on young African-American girls and Black girls worldwide! But I have to wonder if Beyonce REGRETS releasing her new very intimate, highly sexual, ode to Rihanna type album? After she dropped this latest album and knocked out sales, the severe consequences of her success began. First, she got knocked by everyone for claiming to write a feminist letter on equal wages for gender-equality. A letter I highly doubt Bey wrote herself…I mean we have all heard her talk and she has never held a regular day job in her entire life?! Where would she know about that info? Then she got slammed for Drunk In Love singing ‘surfboarding & drinking Watermelon, her husband’ JZ rapping ‘eat the cake Annie-Mae’..ouch. And let’s not forget that global Grammy performance that has everyone now questioning her credibility as talented and/or desperate? She was shamed by the Space-Shuttle org. for sampling one of their deceased! Then came her ‘Partition’ song which is even more sexual in song & video! Enter Bill O’Reilly! This dude began his tirade against Jay Z & then started crucifying & dragging Beyonce like gutter trash across Fox TV with every media outlet picking up his anti-Beyonce rant!

  • tommy_one

    We’re all Slaves period.

  • Zia Paul

    I’m sorry, but being married, and then having a child does not make you a role model. I don’t know about anyone else, but I do not demonize women who have kids out of wedlock; I don’t know their lives and I’m not going to make character assessments about them based on being a single parents. All of my criticisms about Beyonce is concerning her career and her claiming to be things that she isn’t or that she won’t actually be about that life. Or how she gets away with things that other singers are dragged for.

    Her stans need to get it together because she can’t anything negative about her without them getting upset. It’s either women can’t stand to see another women succeeding, she’s only getting criticized because she is black, or some other BS excuse.

    It’s hilarious how people praise this album for being sexually empowering and the other praises given to her. Not saying it isn’t deserved, but has anyone else noticed how sexualized Beyonce’s looks and performances are? Or that she has released sexual music in the past? Or that it took so long for her to really try and push herself as an artist?

  • Sit Down

    Leave it to MN to defend this girl. IF she releases a tape in the shower holding on to a rod…its empowering, I bet if she did a video reacting that people would then support Mimi saying its feminism. I noticed this site is a Beyonce Stan and its annoying because its one perception and it speaks for black women? Any other artist or person including blacks like Rihanna have been singing and doing this forever… Black artist like Patti explored this side and Betty Wright… But its Beyonce that invented something she barely understands. This is the same person who says bossy is an offensive word to her, so she calls herself along with her husband a “b”. Its clear that she does not understand feminist topics its just a trending topic. this site has repeatedly referenced other artist who sing about sexuality at the same level as stanks or alluded to the thought of them being over promiscuous. Please don’t bs me about she is married. I agree with author. But in this age if Beyonce is a savior over an image and material she did not create or write. Read that 2x please. If she wrote this album we could talk then some points would be valid. But as for hearing people yell over her showing feminism. I highly doubt beyonce thought about that when making this album it was an obvious bandwagon approach she used to promote her work and give it purpose and justification. All over the top hyper sexual artist are jumping on the bandwagon of feminism movement…. its clearly a matter of connivence. If Pink said she is a feminist as her career and the decisions she has made with her image proves that.
    BYE MN

    • divinnalafeme

      I wish I could thank you 1000 times bc you just read my mind.

      • sit down

        Lol!! Thanks!!

    • Gert

      Say it!

      • sit down

        Thanks :-)

  • ebonyhud

    The fact that Beyonce is married and basically talking about her husband sexually no matter how suggestive still makes most peoples arguments about her being a bad role model void to me.

    • Just Saying

      So talking in detail about what you and your husband do, how and how often makes it ok. The sexually charged videos are ok because its her husband on her mind? I am sure glad that women like Correta Scott King and Michelle would rather empower women by showing how to stand behind a man and hold your own. I like Bey but this is TMI….I love to encourage married couples to explore and be happy. But does it really need to be done at this level its good they love each other but your bedroom matters are for you two not the world?

      • ebonyhud

        I believe that feminism is about equality for women and letting them be free to be themselves. I do not view female sexuality as something that has to be covered up or private whether married or not, frankly. Thats the problem with the world. Alot of people think that you should or have to be modest (i.e Corretta, Michelle) to be repected,viewed as moral, or role model, which stems from religion in my opinion. While the content of Beyonce’s Partition is explicit, the fact that she’s in a safe environment with the comfort of her husband (someone she trusts), also the fact that she’s enjoying every bit of it (expresses her concent), and the confidence she expresses with feminism (the translation of the french verse), I have no problem with it, nor see her as being a bad role model for it.

      • ebonyhud

        I believe that feminism is about equality for women and letting them be free to be themselves. I do not view female sexuality as something that has to be covered up or private whether married or not, frankly. That’s the problem with the world. A lot of people think that you should or have to be modest (i.e Corretta, Michelle) to be respected,viewed as moral, or role model, which stems from religion in my opinion. While the content of Beyonce’s Partition is explicit, the fact that she’s in a safe environment with the comfort of her husband (someone she trusts), also the fact that she’s enjoying every bit of it (expresses her concent), and the confidence she expresses with feminism (the translation of the french verse), I have no problem with it, nor see her as being a bad role model for it.

    • Guest

      Was it void before she was married? She’s built her career doing it, it’s nothing new

  • Mitchell Glaser

    Terrorist is an absurd word to use in describing Beyonce, diluting the horror of actual terrorism. One might feel that Beyonce is a terrible cultural influence I suppose, I personally don’t care too much one way or the other. But she certainly isn’t blowing people to bits.

  • Pamela Gabrielle Akir

    All that Beyonce has accomplished, and being married to a successful black man!, A sister could still find something negative to say about her! Raise and be responsible for your own daughters! If you teach them in the right way, that’s the path they will tread! If Beyonce was her daughter she would be the proudest mother on the planet!

    • Guest

      Shhh, I’d probably kill myself if my child turned out like that

  • ShawnCurtisLacey

    Can’t they find better use of their time than to be hating on Beyoncé? Beyoncé has made it; what are they doing? Feminists are old laid back women full of hate and who do not know how to guide it, so they jump on every wagon in hopes of getting a free ride.

    • Zia Paul

      Why is any criticism of her hating? hooks doesn’t care if Beyonce has made it, she is trying to change the world for black women so that they don’t have to continue to go through the negative experiences and views they have thrown towards them everyday. Feminists are not how you describe them to be. When hooks was in her 20’s, I believe, she wrote an very influential book concern black feminism. hooks is not looking for a free ride, she is exactly where she wants to be.

      • ShawnCurtisLacey

        Zia, we live in a world that has seen up starters since Adams. They are a dime a dozen, and they all have their philosophies. In the end, it dies with them because it is not grounded in love. Trying to influence black girls or women into being the best they can be through feminism is trying to rehab an addict by using the same drug in which he/she is addicted. Black females did not start feminism, so it was not rooted in what is good for our culture. Hate and control are both elements of this movement and are about as successful as radical Muslims. At the end of the day, this woman will fade and another will rise with her agenda. The last thing a black woman needs to be in the USA with our history is a feminist. Being a feminist in a culture that is already matriarchal is akin to rebuilding something that has already been put together. Black women who follow this deception are misplaced and have been evangelized and deluded with lies. Every time the white woman has an agenda, the black woman takes it and runs with it. Her problems are not our problems. Keep living and you will see; this too shall pass! Life is too short to waste it on egotistical foolishness that has been tried time and time again but to no avail. This woman needs to resolve her real emotional issues with a therapist! She is a sounding brass and an tinkling cymbals. She has not and will not prosper!

        • Zia Paul

          Huh?

          Well, I know that feminism didn’t start with hooks and I never said it did; I mentioned black feminism because that is hooks specialty.

          Also, society is not matriarchal, it is patriarchal.

          Also, your argument is not coherent either.

          • ShawnCurtisLacey

            This woman is black! This woman is a black feminist! The black culture is and always has been matriarchal! I am through with small minds.

            • Zia Paul

              Oh, I get you now. I’m talking about America at large.

              And, please, you are the last one to be talking about someone have a small mind.

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  • Doree

    Let me say this, just because you are an erudite feminist, that does not give you the authority to say who can and cannot speak for me as a woman. In fact, to assign someone or to take upon yourself the role of being the voice for a whole group of women without their consent is unacceptable. This “voice for the voiceless” trope is getting out of hand. As a single, childless, less than financially stable black woman, Beyoncé cannot speak for me precisely because she is a highly visible, wealthy and married mother. Nor do I believe that she can speak for the young girls Hooks claims she is terrorizing. She can only speak for herself and maybe her own experiences will resonate with other women. To criticize a woman’s subjective posturing of ‘self’ (as a wife, mother, and subject with sexual desires) as constituting an act of terrorism simply because it is (problematically) expressed within oppressive heteronormative, capitalistic, sexually exploitative, etc. systems seems to me to be a mischaracterization. Instead of criticizing her for constructing and asserting a subjective identity that we don’t agree with, perhaps it would be more productive to look at how she has potentially created/opened up spaces for other women to assert their own subjective identities.

    • Zia Paul

      But does Beyonce really?

      Perhaps her last able has done that, but I don’t know if I can say that about her other albums, which has very few empowerment songs and more clubs songs. Run the world? Single ladies? Diva? Most of her songs sounds nice on paper for empowerment, but upon further thought, they leave little to be desired. Furthermore, as you already stated, no one person can be the voice of many–only to those who the words resonates with, BUT a person can point out and try to rectify the issues that many people such as that person face and deal with in their everyday lives. Bt, I do believe that Beyonce shares some accountability in this.

  • mmmdot

    On one hand I think that Beyonce has the right to express herself anyway she sees fit. On the other hand this is a country with rampant racial segregation–75% of white Americans live in a practically all white neighborhood–and black people we’re only 13% of the population. The magazine she’s depicting this sexualized image of herself for is mostly a white audience–an ignorant racist white audience that appears to get all their information about black women from a few distorted, skewed media depictions of black people. I think Beyonce brought some of the critiques she’s been getting from feminists once she started promoting her sanitized white corporate version of “feminism”–but I think that associating any of her behavior with *TERRORISM* is taking it too far.

  • Black Bella

    How can see look Jay Z in the face!

    • cinnamonbrown

      When you are willing to be morally corrupt for riches and fame doing something like that becomes easy smh

  • Taneesha Culture Clash Thomas

    Way too much…beyonce’ is an entertainer who does her job well nothing more nothing less…it’s amazing to me that we have all these discussions about the effect she has on thee entire world it seems…but i don’t remember all this analysis for popular male singers…let that woman be…the people who hate on her make her more popular than the people who don’t

    • Guest

      Thank you. I have never understood all of these philosophical debates about entertainers or entertainment.

    • Zia Paul

      There is a reason people are talking about Beyonce and not Rihanna. Beyonce is claiming to be a feminist, Rihanna isn’t. People aren’t bringing her up just because, so Beyonce isn’t simply an entertainer if she takes on the feminist identity.

      • Taneesha Culture Clash Thomas

        There are no rules & regulations for being a feminist…she can take on whatever identity she wants…feminism to one woman is not necessarily the same thing to another…who makes up these guidelines based of their opinions…they are just that…opinions

  • http://arafricaine.blogspot.com/ Arafricaine

    I doubt beyonce or her flock of followers know who Ms hooks is or what she stands for, after all they think beyonce is a role model,cant take them seriously.

    • cinnamonbrown

      True her obvious wisdom will be considered hate by simps, it was the same with the jay z belafonte incident smh

      • tommy_one

        Bellafonte has done so much for blacks adding to their reputation as smart sophisticated, educated and talented people. Jay-Z just adds to the negative criminal black stereotypes complete with the ends justify the means ignorance. Watch Jay-Z’s masterpiece(sarcasm) “The Streets are Watching” and then Watch Bellafonte’s movie “Sing your Song”. It’s really easy to decipher The Slaves from The Enlightened and Emancipated. I remember Beyonce kicked Lotoya Luckett out of Destiny’s because she hung out with too many Thugs. Got to love the hypocrisy. Still the masses don’t want the truth. Oh yes that’s called ignorance.

    • Anala

      I take very much offense at this statement. I’m a huge Beyonce fan, but I’m also well aware of who Bell Hooks is. Don’t generalize all Beyonce fans because it’s rude and close minded.

      • http://arafricaine.blogspot.com/ Arafricaine
      • Guest

        Well, you can pretty much label Beyawnce the Queen of Stupid and get away with it. She has mostly a bunch of idiot followers. Truth be told…

  • CC

    I wonder if Bell Hooks has seen any of the reality shows on television. Beyonce may be a part of the problem, but she isn’t the only one. I’m not a fan, but all of these scholars and bushy blacks have dropped the ball. I know a bunch who have claimed other people’s ideals to make millions. There is a fame that was another person’s ideal/work stolen(she knows what I’m talking about). They can’t put the blame on anyone but the parents.

    • Zia Paul

      Beyonce was brought up and she made her statements based off of the discussion presented.

  • Melissa

    Why was the title of this post “Feminist Scholar Bell Hooks Calls Beyonce A Terrorist SMH” Madame Noire? SMH? Are you at all familiar with bell hooks? Is her choice of words that gave you pause? I can’t. I am not a Beyonce fan or stan. I like some of her music, some I don’t. But to each his/her own. I don’t know her personally. So, I feel no need to defend her. bell hooks has a right to say what she likes doesn’t she?

    • LaurenFoxMN

      Did you not read the article, she called her a terrorist. That is a fact. What are you really mad about?

      • Melissa

        I read the article, and was at the panel discussion. I’m actually not mad either. I was actually talking about the use of “SMH” in the post title. Everyone has the right to their opinion. The word terrorist was used in reference to her affect on young girls, or what bell hooks belief her affect on young girls is. Was it not?

        • LaurenFoxMN

          I’m the author; I never placed SMH in the title. You are correct about how you comprehended hooks statement.

          • Melissa

            Oh. That’s how I copied and pasted it and, how it appeared on my FB feed.

      • kiki j

        It was misleading, a play on words. Yes she called her a terrorist but not in the way that mn knew the reader’s would assume when reading the title. They knew it was misleading when they wrote the title. Mn is good for that.

  • Stephanie

    Hmmmm … I think it’s hard to “terrorize” someone when that person is
    CONSTANTLY telling the public that she is a feminist (legend/icon, etc.)
    & in the same breath telling WOMEN to “Bow Down” … & I hope
    no one really believe that she was just talking to her peers in the
    industry … that song was directed to ALL women (you can include men
    too; she does call herself “KING” Bey). She’s too self-centered &
    too much about profit, too much about image, to be a “real” feminist.
    Everything that she “stands for” has been jump started by someone else;
    she has yet to conceive a “feminist” idea/product of her own.

    • Gert

      Thank you!

    • guest

      I agree 1000%. People just don’t get it!

    • aty

      I HATE BOW DOWN SO MUCH,because it reminds me how everything she does is fake in regards with this song ,the worst some of her fans and stans have bought this t-shirt,i can think of other mature ways of dealing with haters
      co-sign what you said ,BOW DOWN GIVES ME HIVES UGHHHHHHHHH

  • Jayda Brown

    I like Beyonce and her songs but I will not kiss her rear end. There are some fans who will worship someone who has all the riches in the world, but in reality they’re mortal like you and me.

  • Guest

    I thought one of the main points of feminism was to be able to do what you want as a woman. Be it owning and flaunting your sexuality or not. It’s also funny that this is a married woman singing about being happily married to her man and all that entails, yet she is still shamed.

    • Zia Paul

      There are three camps: people who have an issue with Beyonce’s increasingly sexual image, feminists, and a mixture of both. I think most people have an issue with Beyonce is because she claims to be a feminist, but her actions and words don’t take a real stance on anything.

    • http://batman-news.com Nekisha Guity

      It is certainly “a” part of it, however it is not the essence of it. Women’s rights are so much more than the freedom to booty pop at the Grammy’s: but it is what is being heavily glorified as feminism. Feminists who have stood on the front line’s of the movement for years rightly have pause for concern about the mixed messages (or better yet, false advertisement) that young girls and other womenwho do not have full knowledge of what feminism is are receiving.

    • Guest

      Please, she was like that before she got married….

  • Let It Be

    I think the author raises an interesting point in their last paragraph. How fair is it to take away the entertainment factor of “Beyoncé” (the performer) and make her platform a political one? I think that Bell Hooks and many like her raise valid points as well; in a nutshell they all seem to ask “Who is she really and what does she stand for?”. I think my question would be: Is it really Beyonce’s fault?

    • Zia Paul

      Partially. The reason why this feminist debate has been opened is because of Beyonce herself.

      • guest

        Actually, the feminist debate happens all the time. It’s just depends on your circle. If your circle consist of educated people, this topic comes up all the time. If you’re around ignorance, your conversation consist of what happened on BBW and LHH…..

        • Zia Paul

          Let me clarify, I don’t know if you understood me or not, but upon re-reading my comment, I realized that it sounds confusing. This particular discussion about Beyonce was opened up because someone mentioned her. Feminist debate has been going on for a while.

    • Eri Cad

      I can’t take any responsibility for “Beyonce” as a monolithic figure because I never liked as an artist to begin with. I think Beyonce facilitated the shift from strictly entertainment to political when she named herself a feminist. Its like she wants to take on the term feminist or talk about her own sexual liberation in the most generic of ways. The problem with alot of these female artists is that sexual liberation for them is a g-string on stage, they think sexual empowerment is talking about how much they love sex. I don’t see Jay Z running around in a thong on stage in the name of sexual liberation. To me its like a pimp luring a woman into prostitution by telling her its sexually liberating and empowering. The entertainment industry is the pimp and Beyonce is just another one of its prostitute

  • mimi

    And as always , beautiful , powerful , successful women are the target of these feminists …sight . Good news is , most of these great incredible women don’t give a damn on what all these Bell Hooks and her likes have to say about them .

    • Let It Be

      No matter what she does, and other women in her shoes, it will be wrong. What I do not like is the new “feminist” ideology/agenda.

    • Guest

      I am a huge Beyonce fan, and I think that bell hooks has made some interesting comments. Food for thought.

    • tommy_one

      Perfect example of Ignorance. Funny crack dealers don’t give a crap what Bell Hooks says either. Our ignorance keeps us chained while people like Hooks try to hand us the key.

      • Nia Davis

        No Bell Hooks is saying it’s more to life then shaking ya butt on national television and calling it sexual freedom. A lot of girls think feminist is basically having sex so actually listen to what she is saying and don’t disregard it cause you’re a fan of Beyoncé

        • tommy_one

          Did you read my comment correctly? lol I’m no fan of Beyonce or Jay-Z. I’d even go as far to say I think most of Hip Hop Culture is downfall by design. It promotes, glorifies casual sex, mistreatment of the opposite sex, violence, drugs, assorted criminal behavior, and materialism passing itself off as Art. All the while making hard, honest work, education, substance even a job at McDonalds seem shameful.

        • ebonyhud

          I don’t agree that a lot of girls believe feminism is having sex. I don’t think they’re that naive, but that’s just me. There is more to feminism than shaking your booty on TV lol. I agree, but what Beyonce is doing is in fact sexual freedom which is a part of feminism, no taking away from that.

  • mimi

    And as always , beautiful , powerful , successful are the target of these feminists …sight . Good news is , most of these great incredible women don’t give a damn on what all these Bell Hooks and her likes have to say about them .

  • Olyvia

    I could care less about her Beyonce’s life but I do think her old self needs to put some clothes on and be a lady. She is a mother now and a role model whether she wants to be or not. If I see one more baby girl booty poppin to crazy in love I am gonna scream.

    • tommy_one

      I bet Jay-Z has something to do with her lack of clothes, Trophy Wife Stance too.

      • Olyvia

        I don’t doubt it.

    • D-Ali Reaves

      Then Blame the Baby Girl’s Booty poppin’ Mother

  • Bell Hooks Fan

    When Bell hooks comes for you, its time to sit down some where. She is highly educated and highly respected. Bell Hooks is a true feminist, Beyawnce is not.

  • Eri Cad

    I think those that old Beyonce up as a woman to look up to should consider the last line, “So perhaps, it is us who terrorize Beyonce with our own obsessive interest for her to be electrifying and yet, ordinary. ” I have never held Beyonce up as a standard. I find some of her songs entertaining but I could care less about idolizing her. I’m actually waiting for the Beyonce Backlash to begin. Much like it did for Alicia Keys.

    • Jam

      Me too, its disgusting how they will praise her for doing something like scratching her head when she just another person.

      • Sit Down

        amen… if she renacts mimi’s tape in a video I bet people would say Mimi is a feminist Good for her. LOL.. Influence. This is a person who clearly does not understand the movement of feminism ….. I laughed at her campaign againest the word bossy… LOL!!!! you really think Beyonce can digest this author’s word without her team??

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    • Simone Mackey

      I agree with you.

    • aty

      lol @jam, yup eric i agree,but bey has a cult following that is absolute creepy ,saw link on fb whereby there is a beybible ,i hate the worship ,she has created such a brand that has made her fans and stans buy into everything she sells,and i absolute hate the fact she is marketing her nakedness and vulgar lyrics under feminism, and sexual liberation and yet the impact her performances,imagery does not define and build women wholistically and i hate the fact most women have bought into work that it does,i wouldn’t call her a terrorist though

      • akinyi

        i don’t think that she will ever get backlash,bey and jay are in so much control of their image ,quite admirable and that has been her greatest strength,to do her job,and not engage her personal drama,
        it’s been 10yrs plus and her formula of not responding to hate and drama has not deterred her
        her team is yet to sell her out and highly doubt they will
        brace yourself, bey train aint stopping any time soon lol

        • Mimi

          Thank you ! Yes , all that hate only hurts the haters . Go Beyonce and any woman for that matter that lives her life the way she feels it . We don’t need to be lectured by middle age tired feminist .

          • akinyi

            ,my post was not in any way stanning for her,nor was it to imply that aty or eric cad were haters,just observing her formulae of work and trying to explain that it will be a long time before we see bey and jay experiencing the kind of backlash fantasia,the smiths,alicia keys,brandy have experienced over the years
            as for the middle aged tired feminist, i enjoyed the discussion very much even though i feel the terrorist was an overkill
            peace

          • Chey

            All that…hate?

            • lee

              it’s not hate, it’s envy. after all she is doing all of the things that so many white feminists and black female losers can only dream about. and most of the time they don’t have the intelligence to even dream.

        • Renee

          I think the minute she says she’s a feminist, she will be held to a higher standard by those that came out of that movement, and rightly so. I really don’t think younger women and girls grasp the true meaning of feminism. All the they know is I can do whatever I like with my body and have no concept of how to use their brains. The irony is undeniable. I’m not against Bey(I’m a fan) but the movement is about more than shaking your arse.

        • hi-liter

          Yassss! I wish I could vote this comment up 1000 times.

      • Eri Cad

        I co-sign ATY. What bugs me is she’s selling sex under the same sexist how can I attract men way that so much of modern music has become about. To be blunt its less about talent and more about who can get mens d*cks hard. THats not feminism in my mind. If people paid attention they would know Beyonce doesn’t say anything. She addresses things in broad strokes. If she really dug into a topic. If she really voiced a strong opinion on something she might risk alienating her fans and stans. Yea she’s a feminist (side eye) u don’t see her talking about abortion clinics closing in TX or protesting. Thats why everyone can love her because she doesn’t take a stand for anything unless its watered down to the point of neutrality

        • Jazz

          EXACTLY! Bey could use her platform to influence so many in a positive way but she shakes her booty for Pepsi and is against childhood obesity? She can’t take any real stance because her fame (even though her fans made her) keeps her silent about a lot of really VITAL issues, i.e abortion clinics in TX.

          • southerngirl

            i agree with jazz and eri cad. she could do other (better) things besides showing the world that she can shake her a$$. but, in all honesty, and this is no shade at bey, lest the beygency come for me, but i don’t think any of us can really accuse her of being the brightest bulb in the pack or of having any awareness about the very real issues that jazz mentioned.

            • cinnamonbrown

              Yes both of you are right and do you notice how when great legends speak to todays entertainers about this and their lack of social responsibility they are attacked by the crazed fans and considered haters (jay z harry belafonte) smmfh Our people love to accept and embrace mediocrity and its just sad. Her and jay along with countless others have a role to play and will be dealt with if they don’t cooperate they are slaves and anyone who doesn’t worship celebs can see this with no problem

              • tommy_one

                Belafonte and Hooks are cutting the chains. Jay-Z, Beyonce are shackling us up.

          • TellTheTruth_ShameTheDevil

            I disagree. Beyonce has no intellect. I’ve listened to many of her interviews. I can’t see her mentally processing anything other than booty shaking to make money. Her taking on social issues on her own (without the urging of her management for PR purposes) is a stretch.

            • Jazz

              She makes NO MOVES without her managements expressed WRITTEN approval.

          • lee

            so you do it. don’t just moan about others not doing it. lead the way instead of whining away

            • Jazz

              Well, Im glad you asked! I am an inmate transition specialist for a Non Profit here in NJ to help ex convicts get get stable and skilled so they don’t reoffend. I do this in both an adult and juvenile facilities. Also, I volunteer and advocate for Women Aware which is a domestic violence shelter/rehabilitation program. Now have a seat. Its not about right or wrong. Its about INFORMED opinions. Even not so informed. If you want a link to my NJDOC credentials they’re ready. Yes, there are a lot of people out to hate and bash and spread misery but I see all the time the negative repercussions of everyday young people who think THAT ISH Beyonce/Jay-Z’s going is what success means. #AllMyLifeIHadToFight (Miss Sofia voice)

        • Gert

          You hit it on the nail…

        • http://batman-news.com Nekisha Guity

          and, scene… lol, you said it all.

      • Jazz

        Read her her rights! Yes!

      • lovemeordont

        I worship no one but God with that being said I never understood why a women can’t be sexual and free to say I love sex and not be a feminist at the same time. I also don’t understand why so many people mad about her latest album when it talks about her relationship with her husband the rest of these people not married and have the same raunchy lyrics. Lastly I wouldn’t know how true it is but she say she gave herself to her husband she is married her child was not born outof wwedlock and she is very successful. No I don’t think she should be worship but what is wrong with someone saying thsts my role model or her referring to herself as a feminist. I applaud any successful women. Why are we so quick to try and downplay another

        • Zia Paul

          That’s not the reason Beyonce is getting criticized. Do you hear anyone criticizing Rihanna, Alicia Keys, Miley Cyrus, etc about their stances on feminism? Nope, and that is because they have never either said or heavily implied to have feminist beliefs, but Beyonce has, which is why people are criticizing her. She can own her sexuality an dove sex without being feminist. But, she cannot claim that she is, which she is basically doing, and then not take a true stance.

          You cannot refer to yourself as feminist and not take a stance. Beyonce doesn’t “go there” because she knows that she’ll lose fans. Her raunchy lyrics don’t say embower, it says that she is trying to hard to prove that she is in control of her sexuality.

        • lee

          she is a successful black woman. white feminists have to knock her down. black feminists have to pull her down. it’s easier than trying to accept her as an equal, and it’s easier than trying to elevate themselves to her level.

      • sit down

        Its very creepy

        • aty

          indeed it is ,interesting how to some women,her body of work is totally flawless and harmless

          ,i wonder what she puts in her songs that make women defend her and give her god-like status.
          MN stop moderating my comments it aint serious

          • Annalytical

            They’ve been scrutinizing my comments like crazy. Good to know I’m not the only one. I was starting to take it personal lol!

      • Lisa

        I wish I could like this comment more than once

      • tsb

        Yes that cult is very creepy. Young girls sacrificing themselves to her. Smh

    • Fair and Balanced

      I could not agree with your more, who in their right mind would see her as an example or an idol? Like you I like some of her songs, but that is as far as it goes.

    • Sharon

      Uh yeah @Eri, since she dropped her new album the BACKLASH has begun!
      Here you go:
      1) Bey offended the US Space Shuttle Organization, had to apologize.
      2) Bey frustrated Women when she sang Bow Down B….
      3) Drunk In Love song – too explicit for Bill O’Reilly, America, & Europe.
      4) Drunk In Love Grammy performance was deemed too offensive
      5) Partition – too explicit for Bill O’Reilly, America & Europe
      6) The non-stop hating on Beyonce posts on Facebook is like a shrine.
      7) Bey calls herself a Feminist & is being called out for it by critics & fans
      8) Bey is accused of hijacking Rihanna’s sound & style to sell her new record
      9) The non-stop criticizing on her daughter’s Blue hair
      10) An actor recently said that Bey, RiRi & Kim K have elephant legs with cankles
      11) And now Bell Hooks called Bey a terrorist & said she is a bad role-model !!
      12) Bey is criticized for ignoring her Father’s homeless Bastard son
      13) It just got worse, with SNL, made fun of her Beyhive stans calling them The Beygency…gonna get you if you don’t like Beyonce…lol
      14) Illuminati accusations just won’t die!
      15) Disrespecting rumours that Jay Z is cheating on her with Rihanna & others!
      Is that enough backlash for ya! The HATE ON BEYONCE IS REAL!

      • aty

        1,2,3,4,5,7, 11 are legit discussions i am willing to engage with peeps ,the rest that you have written is unnecessary noise from those who take their obsession to another level

        • Sharon

          ALL these 1 to 15 Beyonce hater issues make the news on a regular daily basis whether you take it as relevance or noise! You don’t like Beyonce, that’s cool! But if girls/women supported more female singers like Alicia Keys, Jennifer Hudson and Kelly Rowland who don’t make an impact in the world by taking off their clothes on stage or in their videos like Beyonce & Rihanna, then Bell Hooks wouldn’t have to take Beyonce to task. Yes, it was Beyonce who promoted herself as a Feminist! But it is WE who continue to buy Beyonce’s records, go to her concerts and buy into her brand! We don’t know if Beyonce is actually pulling the strings in her career or if there are others behind the scene controlling her persona! Don’t blame the player, blame the game!