Your Black Bloggers: Is Beyonce Really a Good Role Model for Sasha and Malia?
President Obama recently made headlines by stating that Beyonce is a good role model for his daughters. The statement was met with controversy, since it’s hard to imagine Sasha and Malia gyrating on stage half-naked. Barack may also want to note that Beyonce made headlines by doing a provocative lapdance on Magi Johnson on the BET Awards. Lap dances are most notably performed by strippers.
To get some perspective on the matter, we asked the YBW team what they think. You can read the comments below and feel free to leave your own as well:
YBW team question of the day: Is Beyonce really a good role model for young girls? Would you want your daughter to grow up and be just like Beyonce?
- I think that if you want your girls to grow up and go to college and get “good jobs”, Beyonce is NOT a good role model. If, on the other hand, you want them to pursue their passions, remain humble, even in the spotlight, abandon other people’s notion of what a wife and mother SHOULD look like and be your own woman, then I say she is an excellent role model. Everyone has their own path in life and Beyonce shows us that an unconventional life does not have to be full of drama and scandal. She has always conducted herself with grace and dignity and there is a clear difference between who she is as a person and who she is as a performer.
- No I would not my daughter to grow up to be like Beyonce
- People should not confuse “there’s something I can learn from this person” with “this person is a role model.” Yes, young girls can learn what tenacity and hard work can bring from watching Beyonce, but I wouldn’t necessarily want any daughter of mine listening to songs like “Bootylicious” and “Bills, Bills, Bills”, and using them as guides for life. Beyonce is a musician with some redeeming qualities that girls can learn from. Harriet Tubman is role model. There’s a difference.
- I think B is an excellent role model for women period. But she has grown into that position. Being a celebrity in this industry , you are automatically place in the position of role model whether you like it or not. But her approach to handling life situations and her discreteness is what makes her a beautiful role model for women. Good examples are the fact that her personal issues are not made public. The most that you hear about her is through speculation and allegations. Her life has been strategically mapped out and planned to the best of her ability and others. She is a role model for the new generation of young adults. She is someone that they can relate to.