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.
Happy birthday to the one and only, Queen ?! Thank you for being a role model for young girls around the world, @Beyonce. -mo
— The First Lady (@FLOTUS) September 4, 2015
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?’
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)
- I would never date a man who hates Beyoncé
- Michelle Obama: If I could have a different job(!) I’d be Beyoncé