Piers Morgan writes an essay about the “new Beyoncé.”


Piers Morgan wants Beyoncé to stay in Formation.

As with everything she does, Beyoncé’s new visual album Lemonade is making waves.

The emotionally-charged record touches on themes of infidelity, race and class. Whether it’s autobiographical or not remains to be seen, but if the actual bloodcurdling scream in “Don’t Hurt Yourself” or the desperation and doubt heard in “Love Drought” exist solely to move an invented narrative along, Beyoncé is quite the actress. No doubt she understands the impact songs like “Sandcastles” would have (“Pictures snatched out the frame. *****, I scratched out your name and your face. What is it about you that I can’t erase, baby”), but longing and heartbreak don’t belong to just Beyoncé on Lemonade. She shares that vulnerability with the mothers of victims of police brutality.

The moms of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, and Eric Garner make special appearances in the visual album, prompting a discussion of the social and racial injustices these brave women, and many more, face every day. Like the “Formation” performance at the Super Bowl and its music video, Beyoncé is sharing her influence and untouchable platform to highlight an actual, ongoing issue. “Freedom” with Kendrick Lamar is another blatant example.

All of this talk about racial inequality and feelings n’ **** is making an upper-class, famous white man uncomfortable.

Piers Morgan wrote an essay on The Daily Mail detailing his experience absorbing Lemonade, and his repugnance is disheartening at best.

“I never like it when entertainers go all political,” Morgan kicks off his piece.

He details the appearances of moms Sybrina Fulton, Lezley McSpadden, and Gwen Carr make in Lemonade, as well as the clip of Malcolm X saying “The most disrespected person in America is the black woman.”

“I have huge personal sympathy for both women and there is no doubt that African-Americans have been treated appallingly by certain rogue elements within the country’s police forces. But I felt very uneasy watching these women being used in this way to sell an album. It smacks of shameless exploitation.”

Instead, Morgan prefers Beyoncé use her star power for thoughtlessness. In essence, a white man is demanding a black woman shut her mouth. Stick to singing about not being ready for this jelly, right?

Morgan spent an afternoon with Beyoncé in 2008 for an interview segment on CNN. At that time, the “6 Inch” singer was quoted as saying “I feel like with my career I’ve now broken barriers. I don’t think people think about my race. I think they look at me as an entertainer and a musician and I’m very happy about that because that’s how I look at people. It’s not about color.” He points out her flipped stance and why that puzzles him.

Is Morgan implying that Beyoncé shouldn’t change her views over the course of eight years? Does anyone have the same opinions of the world at 28-years-old as they do at 34? After experiencing loss, having a child, heightened stardom… should someone keep their viewpoints the same? Is calling attention to an issue that demands it a negative?

Of course not.

“Beyoncé then was unrecognisable from the militant activist we see now,” Morgan continues. “Then, she was at pains to be seen as an entertainer and musician and not as a black woman who sings. Now, it seems to be the complete opposite. The new Beyoncé wants to be seen as a black woman political activist first and foremost, entertainer and musician second.”

BECAUSE THAT IS SO ******* HORRIBLE? God forbid a woman use her celebrity to point out a country’s disfunction.

As some sort of consolation, Morgan admits he still thinks “she’s a wonderful singer and performer, and some of the music on Lemonade is fantastic.”

“I preferred the old Beyoncé,” he continues. “The less inflammatory, agitating one. The one who didn’t use grieving mothers to shift records and further fill her already massively enriched purse. The one who didn’t play the race card so deliberately and to my mind, unnecessarily. The one who wanted to be judged on her stupendous talent not her skin color, and wanted us all to do the same.”

Not surprisingly, Azealia Banks shares a similar stance to Morgan.

In the words of Beyoncé, “middle fingers up, put them hands high. Wave it in his face. Tell him, ‘boy bye.'”

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