This is my "Cultural Strategy" blog and not my political analysis blog (See "Within The Black Community" for that) so I am going to take a different emphasis.
First of all - I have to credit Michelle Williams, former member of "Destiny's Child" and friend of Beyonce, for the composure in her response.
If you read the coverage of the interaction between "Williams" and "Huckabee" on "The View" - from 3rd party sources you would swear that some (ignorant) smack down has taken place and "The
Rosy O'Donnell - the critic of "Christianity" said "YOU CAN'T MESS WITH THE BEY".
If you think about her argument it is 100% rooted in "SECULAR IDEOLOGY".
BY WHAT MEANS "can you not mess with the Bey"?
- Because in her POPULARITY she is always right?
- Because she has some type of grounding that all of us should yield to?
My greatest criticism, however is reserved for the missed opportunity shared by "Mike Huckabee" and "Michelle Williams".
Huckabee the "Former Christian Preacher" and Michelle Williams the "occasional Christian gospel singer" have ONE COMMON ORACLE that they should have agreed to YIELD THEIR PERSONAL SENTIMENTS TO as they appraise "Beyonce's work" NOT BASED UPON HER PERSONAL CHOICES but instead based upon what SHE PROFESSES TO BE - A CHRISTIAN.
Indeed people are influenced by the messages that Beyonce and others who "contribute to our CULTURE" put forth in "the water that we drink". As a christian we are asked to SWIM AGAINST THE TIDE and retain the integrity of our faith in "Jesus Christ".
Mike Huckabee - though I can understand (after reading "Kelvin Cochran's book "Who Told You That You Were Naked" which was written to WAYWARD YOUNG MEN, with the hopes that they would find a purpose in their lives) how an author can resent having a small passage in his book be maligned and molested so that the constructive message is filibustered out of the discussion, Huckabee failed to bring the argument into this COMMON REFERENCE for scrutiny.
Michelle Williams, defended her friend - saying that these two songs - as a small part of a larger whole, were "freaky songs" (my words) that "Beyonce had pinned up within her". Williams, ironically was asking Huckabee to not tarnish the greater whole of the album based on these two songs.
I can't accept this as an argument for the very same reasons why I firmly stand by THE MESSAGE that Kelvin Cochran has put forth.
The consistency is in "The Word" - and the "one part per million" that some are OFFENDED by:
- In the case of "Who Told You That You Were Naked" - critical references to "Homosexuality" as "Unclean Living
- In the case of "Beyonce" - Two "Freeky Tracks" on an album that had about 10 songs
"When a large bag of SUGAR is mixed with a small piece of FECES - ONLY ONE OF THEM retain their original integrity".