Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Beyonce's Whitest Moment

On the last Weimerica Weekly, I had a short bit discussing the weird Beyoncé performance at the Grammys. I went into the weird costume, weird fan reaction and just how Illuminati it all was. Lost in the stupidity is the realization a 35 year old mom is out there in an outfit Cher would have paused to wear when pregnant. This is ridiculousness. It all is carefully crafted though so they thought it would work.

Beyoncé has been carefully managed by her parents. It is interesting to see her take the political turn like in Super Bowl 50 with her bandolier sporting, Black panther inspired look. She had playfully played a non-racial performer with R&B influenced pop to quickly dabble and inject the latest fad in black music into her pop. Smart move for a musical genre that changes over quickly.

She has also played a really odd game with the blonde hair for her entire career. Black women do not throw her under the bus or rip on her as they did with Whitney Houston a generation ago for selling out or playing to White America. Possibly after a generation of half black singers and movie stars as sex symbols, they were happy a black girl from America with two black parents was held up high.

It is curious since the black female community has gone to the 1-drop idea for claiming someone is black, but they also strictly enforce the idea of blackness. While Rachel Dolezal is joked on for being transracial, no one bats an at Beyoncé's blonde hair and the amount of lightening they do on her for magazine photos. It's as unrealistic an ideal to chase for black women as 5'10" size 2 models are for white women.

Her whitest moment though would have to be the video for "Dance For You". If you have been to a strip club since it came out, you have heard this song. The song sounds guitar heavy like how Michael and Janet Jackson would smartly put a guitar heavy song on each album that would be a hit due to their white fans really taking to it (Black Cat, Dirty Diana, Beat It). When it came out, I was shocked it was Beyoncé and shocked how white rocking it sounded. The video cemented my take on the 'pitch' for the song.

We get the influences. This is lifting from old Hollywood, film noir. This is at least honest about it unlike how the choreography for the video "Sing Ladies (Ring On It)" stole directly from Fosse. How is this her whitest moment? She dresses and has her hair like this often. That does not do it nor the setting. What does it is the man in the video is white. The video director could easily have cast a brother in the hat with a toothpick in his mouth, but they did not.

As an aside, the backup dancer in the white top and black short shorts/bustier thing is a fantastic female to watch (4:02 to 4:30 is prime). This actually feeds into the entire bit as the unspoken rule of backup dancers is that if a female lead has them, they cannot be thinner than her. Beyoncé breaks this as well while holding attention as lead female, capturing the white male gaze.

No one mocked Beyoncé for it. This hits at another truth of American culture. Non-whites can try to replicate, appropriate or pretend to embody an element of white culture without criticism while the reverse is open to non-stop mockery. Consider Rebecca Black's god awful "Friday" rap song thing where everyone from Tosh.0 to normies mocked her terrible song and terrible lyrics... while conveniently leaving out the fact that the black guy that showed up to rap a verse actually wrote all of the wretched lyrics.

This was her whitest moment. This will never be reached by her ever again. Looking at the collection of black female performers the entertainment industry uses now, they all seem to hit 50% Euro on the 23andMe score, so a truly black woman reaching for this would be tough to not just attempt but achieve without mockery.

Her career though reveals a deeper truth about the minority women that you come into contact with, and even the minority men who 'make it' in America. Everyone is as desperate as possible to look white or be accepted by whites while maintaining their minority status for the proper checkmark for the media, school and even corporate game.


peterike said...

God, that song was terrible. The video was dull too. Then again, I can.not.stand R&B. It only takes five seconds of that voice -- any R&B voice, white or black -- adding in extra syllables -- you-ooo-ooo -- to make me run screaming for the exits, or the off button.

It all sounds the same. I know I'm an old man and all, but I really don't understand the appeal of this music.

Anyway, you are of course correct that "cultural appropriation" as a negative is always and only a one way street. Well, except for when (((Ralph Lifshitz))) became the ultimate WASP, Ralph Lauren. That was fine, no appropriation there. But otherwise, non-whites can steal whatever they want from white culture and it's all good. But don't YOU do it, white man! It's all so tiresome.

Alexandros HoMegas said...

The backup dancers are always the best thing about these types of music videos.

Laguna Beach Fogey said...

Sorry, I don't know who that is.

Joshua Sinistar said...

Yeah but if Beyondsleaze was authentically blech, she'd be a fat unemployed ho living in obscurity like the rest. She's blech enough to not be White, but not blech enough to actually be seen as blech. Is it really fooling anyone? Are the blechs behind her? Maybe they just want to steal her wallet?