Wendy Williams invites a bevy of spokespersons to engage in a roundtable discussion about Beyonce’s new single “Bow Down/I Been On.” The diva’s first single in 2 years has caused quite the controversy, attracting what might not be the most praiseworthy attention, considering that King Bey is credited for being a token of female empowerment.
Mayte Garcia opened up the much needed conversation by boldly saying
I listened to the song. I liked it… love Beyonce, but I honestly think that Jay-Z is putting thoughts in her head.
There’s something to ponder. Could Hov really have had any input in the content of his wife’s latest track? The man is of monumental power and influence… some people might concur with Garcia’s stance. Following a round of applause, A.J. Hammer quickly jumped in to add his two cents.
This is a woman who hasn’t done anything throughout her career that isn’t exactly calculated, that doesn’t have an exact purpose. So to me it was a little surprising. To me she is not the kind of artist who needs to do something to get attention. And if that was the point though, to me that’s a big miss. To me, there’s more to the story, and when we get to talk to Beyonce about it, I think we’ll get to find out.
Nancy Giles, on the other hand, enjoyed the song and felt it necessary for a woman, to every once in a while, meet the horizon with direct gaze and actually say “Bow down, b*tches.”
You know, I love her and I wish I wrote the song. I do. Every once in a while, I think, women need to just sort of go off and say ‘bow down.’
Wendy herself thinks it is offensive and hypocritical of Beyonce to say the things she uttered throughout the song, reminding everyone that “if you call yourself a diva, then you’re not really a diva.” After reading aloud some of the things that people were saying, a particular tweet showed up on the screen that read:
“The same people offended by this song, would be eating it up if a man (say Kanye or Jay-Z) released it instead.”
When I initially heard the song, this was the chief point I examined. If a man wrote this song, he would be totally glorified for it. Kanye –– would undoubtedly be praised for a song of this substance. In fact, most women I know, would bob their heads with extra sass, me included. But I think the problem lies in responsibility; the responsibilities that Beyonce has consolidated through out the years. Kanye is not an emblem for female empowerment, nor does he appeal to young girls in the same way that the she does.
Could she have done an exclusive verse on Jay-Z’s album instead? Maybe there really is more to the story. Tell us what you think!