Beyoncé Wants To Set Good Example For Daughter But Is ‘Bow Down’ Contradicting?

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bey320While it is true that Beyoncé has been on top of her game since the inception of Destiny’s Child, her new song, “Bow Down” seems to be a step in the wrong direction. Many, including R&B singer Keyshia Cole took issue with the superstar’s choice of words in her new song. Some are even questioning if Beyoncé has flat out lost her mind or has become a little too cocky.

In the recent issue of Shape magazine, Beyoncé opens up about wanting to set the best example for Blue Ivy. But are her recent actions foreshadowing future disaster for the singer? She tells Shape magazine, “I want to have my own passions and do things that challenge me. I believe showing my daughter that side of me makes me a better mother.”  She added, “I’ll say to [Blue Ivy], be your best self. Be healthy, take care of yourself and be truly happy with the beautiful things that make up who you are.” Although that is nice and sweet, what are songs like “Bow Down” teaching her daughter?

Here are some of the lyrics to the song that has everyone in an uproar and taking sides:

“I took some time to live my life / But don’t think I’m just his little wife / Don’t get it twisted, get it twisted / This is my … / Bow Down … ”

“I’m bigger than life / The name in the lights / I’m the the No. 1 chick I don’t need no hype / The capital B means I’m about that life / The capital B means I’m about that life  / I’ve been on I’ve been on I’ve been on / Tell me who’s going to take me off.”

 With strong lyrics like these, Bey can be viewed as taking too much pride in herself. She has set aside being humble and grateful for being ratchet and downright rude to those who have supported her, thus far. There are always two sides to the coin, however. Bey could be simply playing a role, as her rapping efforts and rough demeanor seemed a bit pushed on the track. The song itself sounds like a cheap version of a Kanyé West track. The beauty about art is once you create it, it stands on its own and is vulnerable to interpretation by your fans. But when does experimenting and being creative cross the line? How careful should Beyoncé be about her image when she has a young impressionable daughter that will be looking up to her?

What do you think?

Asa Lovechild is an accomplished actress and singer out of New York City and a supporter of  One Billion Rising

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