2014 has been the year of feminism in the entertainment industry, right after Beyoncé dropped an album that was all about feminine power, embracing sexuality and gender equality in December 2013.
With each concert, each ‘Flawless’ remix, and each Beyoncé stan the word ‘Feminist’ has been resounded in our ears. Well according to legendary singer Annie Lennox, Beyoncé is nothing but a ‘lite feminist’.
What does that mean?
59-year-old Annie Lennox who is a Scottish singer-songwriter, political activist and philanthropist explains to PrideSource.com that quite a few artists are simply taking advantage of the word and using it as a cheap shot for boosting their image. You can read her full interview with Pride Source here.
She states about Beyonce’s recent 2014 MTV VMA performance: “I would call that “feminist lite.” L-I-T-E. I’m sorry. It’s tokenistic to me. I mean, I think she’s a phenomenal artist – I just love her performances – but I’d like to sit down (with her). I think I’d like to sit down with quite a few artists and talk to them. I’d like to listen to them; I’d like to hear what they truly think. I see a lot of it as them taking the word hostage and using it to promote themselves, but I don’t think they necessarily represent wholeheartedly the depths of feminism – no, I don’t. I think for many it’s very convenient and it looks great and it looks radical, but I have some issues with it. I have issues with it. Of course I do. I think it’s a cheap shot. I think what they do with it is cheap and … yeah. What can I tell you? Sex always sell. And there’s nothing wrong with sex selling, but it depends on your audience. If they’re 7-year-old kids, I have issues with it.”
There is no doubt that 33-year-old Beyoncé has been going hard on the idea of feminism lately, but to be called a lite feminist?
What do you think of Annie Lennox and her opinion on Beyoncé’s feminism?