Fox News Desperately Tries to Dismiss and Diminish Beyoncé’s VMA Feminist Message

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If you watched Beyoncé Knowles’ performance at the VMA’s last night, you knew this was coming. The powerful, talented, and gorgeous Beyoncé used the platform to sell feminism to her fans. The decaying relics of “conservatism” (aka, please let us keep our privilege and power or we hate you all) that comprise the Fox News audience can’t stand it when the beautiful ones disagree with their message of silent, sexualized objects subservient to men.

So this morning they are rolling their eyes at The Bey. Naturally they started off conflating her with Hollywood, because that suits their agenda to smear her and Hollywood with the “liberal” label, even though actual Hollywood, as in the entertainment world, is not liberal. Rather, it is bottom-line driven industry of corporations embodying capitalism and producing one of our top exports. It is business.

So Fox starts off, “What does it really mean to be a feminist in Hollywood these days?”

Then they leaned on social media to make their point that there was so much eye rolling at Bey! So much horror, Beyoncé was sexy last night at the VMAs! Translation: Beyoncé is powerful and sexy, and this is a problem, unlike the decorative candy strewn about Fox News sets with their bare, oiled legs crossing under a conveniently glass table, sleeveless dresses and plunging necklines with barely plausible deniability.

Clad in just a sparkly leotard and flanked by several other minimally dressed females and a few bare-chested males, the performance featured every song from her “Beyonce’s album – along with a smorgasbord of gyrations, leg spreads, stripper poles, body rubbing and pelvic rolls.

The popular entertainer also seemed to ensure her behind was the focus on each song, all the while educating young viewers about feminism through the words of the Chimanda Ngozi speech she borrows in the track “***Flawless.”

“We teach girls that they cannot be sexual beings the way that boys are. We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller. We say to girls ‘You can have ambition, but not too much’,” says the voice-over. “Feminist. The person who believes in the social, political and economic equality of the sexes.”

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Of course this upset the conservatives who watch Fox News in hopes of getting their Archie Bunker heydays back, because Beyoncé took this huge platform and used it to take back the word feminism. Fox News loves to bash feminism and has been diligently smearing feminists as filthy, loveless and ugly whores for years now. Beyoncé is clearly not ugly or loveless, and she’s even a mother. She also thanked God for “this moment”, giving Fox News a heart attack with her “shout out to her Christian faith” as she embraced her husband and child.

THIS FEMINIST MESSAGE IS NOT APPROVED BY FOX NEWS. FEMINISTS ARE UGLY AND CHILDLESS AND CAN’T GET A MAN.

Beyoncé got to the top and now she’s using it to her advantage, and she’s trying to educate her fans that female empowerment is a good thing. She does this while being sexy, but what Fox News doesn’t say is that Beyoncé is more than sexy. Beyoncé is also sweet and charming, throwing the audience a fresh-faced smile in between gyrations. She mixes a ladylike essence with her dance moves, and I suspect that this is really what gets the Fox News watchers in a lather. She’s got some Marilyn Monroe on her, only she is in a different era. She is not afraid of her power and she is not waiting for a man to fix things. She is alive and aware and she owns herself. She’s in charge.

If some modern feminists look like Beyoncé, what does that say about the arguments the men and women who hate them have been making? If a modern feminist like Beyoncé is living the values of family and faith, then the Fox News version of feminism is obviously a lie.

That’s why she reminded everyone what a feminist really is: “Feminist. The person who believes in the social, political and economic equality of the sexes.” A feminist believes in equality for everyone, and they come from all walks of life. Some of them are fiercely talented and unafraid of owning it.

11 Replies to “Fox News Desperately Tries to Dismiss and Diminish Beyoncé’s VMA Feminist Message”

  1. Is it me or does it sound like Fox News has nothing better to do with itself then whine bitch and moan about what Beyonce did last night at the VMA’s.

    Then again, I highly doubt that anyone above the age of 21 watched the VMA’s to begin with.

  2. Dustin, I’m quite sure that the words Whine, Bitch and Moan are on their intra-office memo pads and letterhead. And probably in their mission statement.

  3. What Beyonce did was entertainment and I enjoyed the show, but as one who as studied the social impact of the imagery of what she portrays in her shows.. it’s anything but feminism. It keeps in line with the misogynistic music industry. She is so successful and instead of using those powers to show a strong woman who doesn’t have to be reduced to the sum of her body parts she does just the opposite. Fox conservatives are wrong she is not displaying feminism or bucking up against the male powers but is feeding into that they have told her she needs to be and do to be successful, sexualize herself. Hip hop has had a negative affect on women and specifically African American women and I’d call all female artist to not fall into the leg spreading, camera up your booty entertainment. Keep it classy. http://africana.fiu.edu/people/faculty-grad-presentations/stephens_mainstream_hip_hop.pdf

  4. Poor Fox. FoxNews The network of mini & micro dress wearing blonde virgins upset over Beyonce who was more dressed then Hasselbeck usually is

    How sad

  5. This says it all:Beyoncé is powerful and sexy, and this is a problem, unlike the decorative candy strewn about Fox News sets with their bare, oiled legs crossing under a conveniently glass table, sleeveless dresses and plunging necklines with barely plausible deniability.

  6. It’s a good thing Fox wasn’t around when Madonna first appeared on the scene because Ailes and his buddies would have had instant heart attacks when she sang and danced to “Like a Virgin.” Beyonce’s choices in costumes and the way she dances reminds me of Madonna. Just as Madonna has always been her own person, so is Beyonce. It’s too bad that some people can’t mind their own business and spend much of their time trying to control others, others who couldn’t give a damn what they think/say.

  7. Outside of years as a military Psyops officer, I hold a PhD in American studies. My dissertation was written on the impact of hidden cultural assumptions contained in iconic visual images of Pearl Harbor.

    I disagree with your rather facile analysis.

  8. Beyonce is part of a ‘wing’ of feminism that feels sexuality and women empowerment go together, and are not in opposition. One of the commentators above seems to claim Beyonce is actually an anti-feminist because she’s too sensual…
    – That’s a fight that’s been going on for decades inside the feminist movement… One camp feels that if they own their bodies, then they own them, and can be them as they wish. The other camp feels that any use of your body as a visual object demeans you.
    I have a lot of trouble understanding the anti-sensual camp… because their claim seems to be that the female body itself is demeaning to those “stuck” with it… so they need to be judged as if they were disembodied brains in jars. They seem to ‘resent’ their own physicality; which to me seems as if they are still accepting the ‘patriarchal idea’ that women are not as good.
    (1000 char limit?… to be cont…)

  9. (continuing…)
    The side of feminists that feel you can own your body and even use it sensually – seems to instead take full ownership of everything that is themselves, including the ability to own being a ‘sexual creature / presentation’.

    But I know I could easily be accused of just looking at that as a male, who obviously has a ‘vested interest’ in preferring the people who enjoy their sensuality. But there seems to be quite a few feminists making the same point I’m making. Ones like Beyonce here.

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