Bell hooks, an award-winning author, feminist and social activist, recently criticized Beyoncé’s latest album “Lemonade,” claiming that it was a “celebration of rage,” and that “violence is made to look sexy” in accompanying videos.
In a May 9 article published on her website entitled, “Moving Beyond Pain,” hooks criticized some of Beyoncé’s actions in the videos which accompanied the album. Among other examples, at one point, Beyoncé wields a baseball bat while dressed in an elegant golden gown, and randomly smashes cars.
Hooks wrote that, in the video, “Beyoncé is sexualized along with her acts of emotional violence,” and that “violence does not create positive change.”
Hooks added that Beyoncé “doesn’t adequately explore the path to healing,” and that the music videos “embraces the stereotypical trope about Black women and violence.”
Other artists, including rapper and singer artist Azealia Banks, have criticized Beyoncé’s latest work. Shortly after “Lemonade” was released, Banks took to Twitter on April 26 to write, “This heartbroken Black female narrative you keep trying to push is the Antithesis of what feminism is.” Banks added, “she needs to stay under Jay-Z’s foot where she belongs, and stay out of the creative woman’s way.”
Some defended the work; during a roundtable on feminism at feministing.com, writer Michael Arceneaux praised Beyoncé’s “ideas of feminism, the celebration of women, and femininity in general.”
This is not the first time that hooks has had harsh words for Beyoncé. In 2014, hooks herself became the subject of scrutiny when she called Beyonce an “anti-feminist,” and said that the singer was a “terrorist, especially in terms of the impact on young girls.”