Tweet of the Day: FLOTUS’s birthday greetings to Beyoncé hail her as ‘role model’

Tweet of the Day: FLOTUS’s birthday greetings to Beyoncé hail her as ‘role model’

Fact: Michelle Obama is a great admirer of “singer, songwriter, and actress” (I am quoting Wikipedia) Beyoncé. Fact: The singer, songwriter, and actress performed at both of Barack Obama’s inaugurations and at Mrs. Obama’s 50th birthday party. Fact: The first lady said in an interview last month that if she could choose a different job (which presupposes she currently has a job), she would choose that of being Beyoncé (which isn’t a job, but presumably Mrs. Obama meant she would be a singer, songwriter, and actress of Beyoncé’s ilk.

A final fact, plus an opinion: Beyoncé turned 34 on Friday, and Michelle Obama tweeted her birthday greeetings.

The opinion — that Beyoncé is a role model for young girls around the world — deserves some scrutiny. Perhaps the best place to start is with the body of her work as a singer and songwriter. Fuse in December 2013 featured a list of what it deemed to be the 20 raunchiest Lyrics on Beyonce’s new album. Here is a sample:

  • I kiss you and you lick your lips/ You like it wet and so do I/ I know you never waste a drip/ I wonder how it feels sometimes
  • Can you lick my Skittles, it’s the sweetest in the middle/ Pink is the flavor, solve the riddle
  • I can’t wait till I get home so you can turn that cherry out/ I want you to turn that cherry out, turn that cherry out
  • Gimme that daddy-long stroke
  • We woke up in the kitchen saying ‘How the hell did this sh*t happen?’

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I count only one instance of profanity, but some of those lyrics are pretty suggestive. I don’t have a young daughter, but if I did I doubt that I would agree that these lyrics are inspirational.

Nor would I consider the costumes displayed below to be the sorts of outfits young girls around the world she seek to emulate:



(h/t The Blaze)

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Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.


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