By Tom Quiner
The president of the United States:
“I have to admit I’m disappointed in my friend, Beyonce’ Knowles. I say this in light of my past praise when I stated that Beyoncé could not be a better role model for my girls. Her recent song lyrics are demeaning to young women. I know this isn’t a very dignified thing for a president to be talking about, but I AM a father, too, and I’m talking to my fellow dads across the country. For Beyonce’ to suggest that a woman’s worth is defined by her ability to provide a certain type of sex act in the back seat of a limo is shameful and deeply disturbing.
Beyonce’s obscene lyrics are part of a larger pattern we’re seeing in the music produced by black artists. These lyrics consistently are profane, depicting women as sex objects and black men as predators. Is this the fruit of Martin Luther King’s dream?
No, it is not. We are squandering the sacrifice made by the great civil rights leaders who preceded us in their fight to transform America into a land that judges a person by the content of their character, not the color of their skin.
Are these songs supposed to represent the content of the black character? I pray to God not. They make a dignified people look like base creatures, thuggish animals to be feared by civilized man.
A progressive politician like myself may take issue with my friends across the aisle on how to address the grave social issues that face the United States of America, but we stand united in opposing the type of filth being mainstreamed on our youth by influential entertainers like Beyonce’.
I am making a direct appeal to my friend, Beyonce’ Knowles, to take a new direction, to change the tone and spirit of the music and videos she produces from this day forward. Beyonce’, I ask you to lead the way in creating song and lyric that elevates the dignity of woman and man, that wins the world by their sheer beauty.
You are a talented woman. Lead the way. Honor the legacy of Martin Luther King who inspired us with his relentless faith and hope in the ability of man to rise above the baseness and barbarism of the past.
I have seen the power of music to move people. I have faith that you can use your prodigious musical talents to forge a new renaissance of uplifting art that dignifies our struggle, whether white or black, rich or poor, to be touched by the potential beauty of this world.
As Dr King put it, “With this faith, we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood.”
To my dear friend, Beyonce’ Knowles, will you write that symphony?”
Of course, the president didn’t really say any of this. This was a Quiner’s Diner flight of fancy in light of yesterday’s post.
I can’t help but think, though, that if President Obama really DID say something like that, that it could really have a positive impact.