Rant of the week: Queen B

Idol worship is one of those things that can quickly border on the detestable if it’s not regulated. Take Beyonce: the talented, glamorous, and multi-award-winning musician who attracts a ginormous fanbase and, dare I say, is an idol to many people. Her vocal range and skill are incontestable, but her claims of being a bastion […]

Mohi Choudhury
15th October 2018

Idol worship is one of those things that can quickly border on the detestable if it’s not regulated. Take Beyonce: the talented, glamorous, and multi-award-winning musician who attracts a ginormous fanbase and, dare I say, is an idol to many people.

Her vocal range and skill are incontestable, but her claims of being a bastion of the feminist movement, equality, and women rights are something that should be viewed with a level of suspicion. Recall when it was highly suggested that female sweatshop workers working under abhorrent conditions for Beyonce’s brand, Ivy Park, were paid less than one British pounds per hour? But you may argue that, say, in Sri Lanka, this is a respectable wage. I’d also be quick to remind you that this bee buzzes about being a champion of women’s rights across the globe and constantly preaches and partakes in so-called activism. But if so many businesses benefit from outsourcing and slave labour from foreign lands, why single out Beyonce? When all those so-called businesses constantly preach equality and an end to the patriarchal system but then resort to hypocritical practices for the sake of commercial gain, those questions may merit some honey.

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