Formation an Epic Fail
“Queen” Bey just dropped another one on us and people are going nuts. In true Beyonce fashion, she gave us a club banger with semi-shocking lyrics and a provocative music video. The words “I got hot sauce in my bag, swag”, “When he fuck me good I take his ass to Red Lobster, cause I slay” and “El Camino with the ceiling low sippin’ Cuervo…I’m a star, I’m a star” can be heard while images of booty poppin’ dancers and the flooded streets of New Orleans scroll on the screen.
Yes, you read that right. Don’t believe us? Check out the video.
This video left everyone in the room in complete silence which is incredibly rare. It’s a room filled with true Bey Hives and Beyonce Haters and yet you could hear a pin drop. No hype man or joy killer – just silence. Then the sky parted and for the first time in Bey-story Beyonce fans and haters agreed on one thing – this stint is anything but #Flawless.
Formation sounds more like a Beyonce anthem than a call to action.
These lyrics evoke this:
She tried too hard to be deep and thoughtful but failed. Epically.
Beautifully laying yourself on a cop car and drowning yourself in your designer dress in Nawlins isn’t thought provoking. It’s tasteless.
The video is supposed to be a statement of black empowerment, but we see Beyonce booty poppin’
far more than we see this:
The song itself is so bad lyrically that instead of giving the #blacklivesmatter movement a boost, she created a new social media movement for #redlobster and #hotsauce.
She diminished her message of actual black struggle and empowerment when she launched “The Formation Collection” – an apparel line of Yonce-isms.
Police shootings, MLK, Hurricane Katrina, Slavery, Mardi Gras… This is a LOT to focus on in 4 minutes. Pick a focal point and tell a story. Right now it just looks like Bey is trying to make up for all the years she said nothing about social justice issues.
Take a second look, give it another listen. There were a million better ways to execute this. But a Red Lobster trap song set in a flooded New Orleans isn’t one of them. Sorry Bey Hive – we’re not backing down on this one.
Oh, and before you start…
No, we’re not a culturally clueless group.
We’re a group of ethnically diverse, well-travelled men and women, that agree that this video/song is inappropriate.
No, we didn’t miss the point.
We don’t have Beyonce paper (money), we have something much more valuable called a #degree. We tried to find a deeper meaning to this video and song pairing but…still can’t figure out what, “When he fuck me good I take his ass to Red Lobster” has to do with Martin Luther King Jr. or the aftermath of Katrina in New Orleans. Social justice issues deserve more care and thought. This song has created more social media memes in the last 24 hours than real conversation.