The Broad Side’s Broad of the Week: Beyoncé

Photo Credit: Beyonce/Tumblr

 

Here at The Broad Side we love to celebrate women. All kinds of women. Which is why we are launching our “Broad of the Week” series! But along with our “Broad of the Week,” we will also be giving all of our readers a chance to nominate your own “Broad of the Month” which will be a celebration of a woman in YOUR life!

This could range from your own mother, to a child’s teacher and anything in between. If you have a woman in your life that you truly admire, this is the time to let her shine!

If you think an amazing woman in your life should be nominated as our “Broad of the Month” please take a moment to fill out our nomination form!

In the short span of time between the Presidential Inauguration and the Super Bowl half time show, Beyoncé had been making a lot of waves.

First it was lip syncing for the Inauguration, then it was pissing off the conservative right with her Supre Bowl performance and giving inspiration to mothers all over the world. Well, at least in my opinion.

Why do I find Beyoncé to be inspiring? Well, first is the fact that she just had baby Blue Ivy a little over a year ago. Blah blah blah, I know she is a celebrity and has these expensive trainers to get her back in shape, but man… lets give her a pat on the back and congratulate her on looking absolutely incredible. Why hate on her because she put in the hard work?  Come on, lets congratulate, not cut her down!

My second pat on the back for Beyoncé is being a strong, independent, black woman. A role model for an entire generation of girls who truly need it today. A singer, a philanthropist, a businesswoman, and one of the celebrities today who really stay away from scandal and live a private life. That is something for us to pat her on the back for.

But what really makes her my choice for Broad of the Week this week is the complete outrage she has sparked within conservatives. I’m not happy she pissed them off and sent them on a family values lynch mob. But I am happy this opened up a discussion.

On the National Review Online, Kathryn Jean Lopez said:

I don’t want to linger on this, but last night’s Super Bowl half-time show was ridiculous — and gratuitously so. Watching Twitter, it was really no surprise that men made comments about stripper poles and putting dollar bills through their TV sets, was it? Why can’t we have a national entertainment moment that does not include a mother gyrating in a black teddy? The priceless moment was Destiny’s Child reuniting to ask that someone “put a ring on it.” As I mentioned on Twitter last night, perhaps that case might be best made in another outfit, perhaps without the crotch grabbing. It seems quite disappointing that Michelle Obama would feel the need to tweet about how “proud” she is of Beyoncé. The woman is talented, has a beautiful voice, and could be a role model. And she is on some levels — on others she is an example of cultural surrender, rather than leadership.

Whoa there killer!

I don’t find anything wrong with a wonderfully choreographed and on point execution of her half time show when compared to some of the flat out crap we have been subjected to in years passed.

Examples?  Super Bowl XXXVIII when Janet Jackson exposed her breast to the world. Or how about back in 2009 when Bruce Springsteen performed for Super Bowl XLIII drunk and stumbling around stage. I am sure those were all great for your family values.

Watching the half time performance I noticed a dance routine that to me looked like more of a Zumba class at my local gym packed with moms trying to lose their baby weight rather than something you would see at a strip club.

Let us band together to support our strong female role models!

But in the end it is to each their own right?

If you would like to nominate your own Broad of the Month, please take a moment to fill out the form!  We can’t wait to see your entries!

Photo Credit: Beyonce/Tumblr

  • I respect Beyonce’s talent and hard work. However, I don’t think that her halftime show was family-friendly. (Neither were many of the Super Bowl commercials, but that’s another story.) I think that Beyonce would have been just as fabulous and fierce performing fully clothed. I have seen her do exactly that in the past. In my mind, it’s not a “love or hate” type of deal. You can admire certain aspects of a person without agreeing with them about everything.

    I simply have a hard time reconciling being adamant against the “sex sells” societal norm when men are the ones behind it (i.e. GoDaddy, booth babes at tech shoes, etc.) yet embracing that same ideology simply because a woman is the force behind it. I also have a hard time explaining the double standard to my sons, because they are quick to call out Inconsistencies…

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