By Amy Zaiter (email@example.com), copy editor the chicago bloc[k]
Is it for the attention or to stir up controversy? Some might think so but it appears more likely than not that Beyonce’s new single “Bow Down / I Been On” is quite possibly just a new direction in her career. The single went in an entirely difference direction than what fans have come to expect from Beyonce but is this really a surprise?
Not long before the release of her single on March 17, Beyonce’s documentary “Life is but a Dream” was released on February 16 on HBO. In the first few minutes of the documentary Beyonce says, “I don’t wanna have to sing about the same thing for ten more years. You can’t grow. I wanna be able to sing about how much I hate myself that day if that’s how I feel…”
However, despite her need to spread her artistic wings, it seems fans are particularly angered by the lyrics because it is Beyonce delivering them. Many fans are arguing that had her husband, hip-hop artist Jay-Z, delivered the message it would be more expected and consequently less shocking to the public. Some fans even argue that Jay-Z’s influence led to the creation of such a shocking single.
Fans are angered because of how they have come to expect Beyonce to represent herself to her fans. Beyonce has been viewed as a representation of a powerful woman and a lot of controversy revolves around her now referring to others, whether it be “haters” or her fans (dependent upon varying interpretations), as b*****s.
Alongside much backlash from recent public performances, including the Presidential Inauguration and Super Bowl XLVII, Beyonce seems to have a lot of negativity associated with her lately. Controversy over who carried her child, memes making her look more masculine, and now insults and confusion about her new single.
Is it for children? Probably not but how many artists can say that all of their music is appropriate for all ages, particularly nowadays? Maybe this song does not carry the empowering message of the songs fans expect from Beyonce but people all over the world love the artist and not everyone is hating on her new single. It seems safe to say that her career will likely be just fine, regardless.