‘Bow down b******’ sings Beyonce on her slightly deranged new song from her fifth album.
Beyonce’s name has been in the headlines a lot recently, following her hectic career as of late involving her performance at the Super Bowl, her self-directed documentary, her performance at Barack Obama’s inauguration, and talks of her world tour. After announcing plans for her fifth album, she took to her Instagram to post a picture of herself as a young girl surrounded by awards and trophies. On Beyonce’s website, she released a snippet of a new song called Bow Down/I Been On. This song is a mash up of two songs. The first half being produced by Hit-Boy, and the second song was recorded alongside Justin Timberlake.
Bow Down sees Beyonce going back to her more forceful side, a stark contrast to the singer’s musical career projecting the image of an independent, business driven woman advocating female empowerment. Beyonce sings, ‘I know when you were little girls you dreamt of being in my world. Don’t forget it. Respect that. Bow Down b******.’ Her new song has divided the opinion of her fans and caused controversy with her contemporaries. The song features swearing, offensive misogynistic language towards women, and is poorly put together, presenting a different side to the glamorous Beyonce her fans seem to love and revealing her alter ego, Sasha Fierce.
Fans took to twitter to vent their anger and shock, with one fan tweeting: ‘how can u sing at the presidents inauguration then release this disgusting, offensive song @beyonce? I’m genuinely shocked.’ Even Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills tweeted: ‘Is that Beyonce song a joke?’
This song shows the importance of having a role model. It is scary when pop stars have so much power and control over their fans, especially young girls. It is cruel that Beyonce is mocking this responsibility. It seems like she is trying to emulate Rihanna, who once stated that she is “not a role model.” But the truth is that these pop stars are role models for a lot of young people, hence the backlash to this song. What is more puzzling however, is that Beyonce has always been pro- sisterhood and equality, so why is she acting out now?
I’m really not feeling this song, and listening to this track has really put me off Beyonce. I think I will be sticking to my 90’s collections of Destiny’s Child from now on!