I’m hearing through the rumblings of FB and the Today Show -my only outlets to know that indeed the planet didn’t get sucked into a black hole of nothingness while I was laundering the puke out of every sheet we own – that folks thought Beyonce wore too few clothes. Scantily clad, they say. “Not a family-friendly event.” I’m sure youth directors everywhere wonder what kind of damage control is necessary.
I’m a bit appalled at tossing the performer out to take the heat. She may have had veto power to her wardrobe decisions, but I’m guessing that probably wasn’t mentioned in the contract. What came from Superbowl officials probably sounded a bit like, “Beyonce, you rock. We’d love for you to be our halftime performer this year. If possible, please help me relive my sophomore year and bring your friends from Destiny’s Child. Sincerely, People with a lot of money and power.”
So, Beyonce did what she does. And she did it well. Did she scale back on her coverings? Not any more than her usual garb. A few pictures from 2012 (thanks to Google Images search. Any wrong dates are the fault of whoever tagged it as such. I did no further research as to date reliability):
I’m seeing a trend in her threads. Namely, few of them.
So, when she arrived in near-neglige attire, we shouldn’t be surprised. This is what she does. And based on sales and raves and my facebook feed, she’s good at it.
“She should wear more clothes. It’s the superbowl!” I hear.
To which I say, if you want a well-covered performer, then call Sandi Patty and see if she’s free. But don’t ask an artist (dare I call a superstar that?) to be something she’s not. If you want accountability for a family-friendly event, tell your local Superbowl talent-booker. Or change the channel, because it’s probably not going to happen. Or write Pepsi an express your frustrations at the choice of performer, not her choice of clothes. Even more so, stop buying Pepsi until they listen.
But don’t tell Beyonce that what got her to the point of being requested can no longer be a part of what she puts on the stage that night.
**The nature of a scantily-clad superstar role model for our young women or as a temptation for our young men is a separate argument. We can discuss modesty issues, but that’s not my point. Beyonce’s reputation isn’t based on a modest, moral appeal. Should it be? Well, that’s up to you, your family and the music you purchase and the concerts you watch. If you ask me.