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Annie Lennox Thinks Beyonce’s Feminism Is ‘Cheap’

by | 2nd, October 2014

Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart of The Eurythmics. archive-pa209342-1 Ref #: PA.5808636  Date: 24/04/1984

 

ONE of the big problems with feminism is that women like to spend great chunks of the debate, attacking each other. Of course, any movement needs criticism to adapt and sharpen the mind for future debates, but isn’t it a bit sad to see women trying to pull other women down, when ostensibly, their aims are the same?

And so to Annie Lennox, who said that she isn’t very impressed with Beyonce calling herself a feminist.

The former Eurythmics singer conceded that Queen Bey is a phenomenal artist, but felt she had issues with her calling herself a feminist and thinks that Beyonce portrays a false sense of the movement.

“I would call that ‘feminist lite’. L-I-T-E. I’m sorry. It’s tokenistic to me. I mean, I think she’s a phenomenal artist I just love her performances but I’d like to sit down [with her]. I think I’d like to sit down with quite a few artists and talk to them. I’d like to listen to them; I’d like to hear what they truly think”, she said.

“I see a lot of it as them taking the word hostage and using it to promote themselves, but I don’t think they necessarily represent wholeheartedly the depths of feminism no, I don’t. I think for many it’s very convenient and it looks great and it looks radical, but I have some issues with it. I have issues with it. Of course I do. I think it’s a cheap shot.”

Referring to Beyonce’s ‘sexy’ routines, she added: “I think what they do with it is cheap and yeah. What can I tell you? Sex always sells. And there’s nothing wrong with sex selling, but it depends on your audience. If they’re seven-year-old kids, I have issues with it”

Now here’s a thing.

Not only has Beyonce become the most powerful popstar on the planet, regardless of gender, and tours the world with an all female band, as well as being responsible for scores of songs that have empowered women (from ‘Independent Women’ to ‘If I Were A Boy’ et al) and of course, we’ve got the MTV show where she identifies herself, and in turn encourages others to, as a feminist. A show that was watched by millions worldwide and turned into immediate viral meme-heaven, giving everyone the impetus to make a decision are you feminist or not?

She also wrote an essay about gender equality, again, read by millions, which said: “We need to stop buying into the myth about gender equality. It isn’t a reality yet. Today, women make up half of the U.S. workforce, but the average working woman earns only 77 percent of what the average working man makes.”

“But unless women and men both say this is unacceptable, things will not change. Men have to demand that their wives, daughters, mothers, and sisters earn more commensurate with their qualifications and not their gender. Equality will be achieved when men and women are granted equal pay and equal respect.”

“Humanity requires both men and women, and we are equally important and need one another. So why are we viewed as less than equal? These old attitudes are drilled into us from the very beginning. We have to teach our boys the rules of equality and respect, so that as they grow

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