Is Beyoncé’s new F-rated video beyond the pale for the Obamas?

Is Beyoncé’s new F-rated video beyond the pale for the Obamas?

No greater fans hath pop music maker Beyoncé than Barack and Michelle. How deep is their love? Last August, the first lady was asked in an interview what job she would want to have if could switch careers. Her answer: “I would be Beyoncé.”

It’s not just the music the Obamas admire so much but Beyoncé’s character. Last September, Michelle Obama hailed the singer as a “role model” to young women everywhere. The president was even more up close and personal in his praise, telling the audience at a fundraiser, “Beyoncé could not be a better role model for my girls because she carries herself with such class and poise and has so much talent.” (If Obama had another daughter….)

Now comes word of Beyoncé’s latest artistic oeuvre and with it the question of whether the Obamas will continue to worship at the hem of her sequined gown. And, if so, will they be asked to explain their adulation for her as a role model in the light of her behavior in this music video, which, according to Showbiz 411, “shows the Queen of Pop gleefully smashing dozens of cars and other objects to smithereens with a baseball bat.”

The song and video, called “Hold Up,” seems to be about Beyonce getting revenge on husband Jay Z for cheating on her. Indeed, all of “Lemonade” appears to be Beyonce saying she’s made lemonade from lemons – meaning she’s somehow stuck it out in a bad marriage despite lying and infidelity. That sounds more like the Clintons’ story than the Obamas’.


The lyrics: “I’d rather be crazy” than being “walked all over lately.” She asks: “Are you cheating on me?”

“Back up hold up/They don’t love you like I love you.” Jeez Louise. “I’m gonna f*ck me up a bitch.” Beyonce sings that she’s been going through his “call list.”

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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