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Did anybody else not get the memo that January would be trolling season for “Presidential hopeful” Mike Huckabee? The Republican, and newborn pop culture critic, has released another of his opinions from his latest book God, Guns, Grits and Gravy (sounds like a Three 6 Mafia album) to PEOPLE magazine in a new profile. After disrespectfully referring to Jay Z as a pimp to his wife Beyoncé, in an earlier excerpt, he now also disapproves of the how the Obamas have allowed the singer to be an advocate of President Obama’s presidency and that Malia and Sasha are fans of the multiple Grammy Award winner too.
Through the magazine, he disclosed how he came to questioning the Obamas parenting skills:
“I don’t understand how on one hand they can be such doting parents and so careful about the intake of everything – how much broccoli they eat and where they go to school and making sure they’re kind of sheltered and shielded from so many things – and yet they don’t see anything that might not be suitable for either a preteen or a teen in some of the lyrical content and choreography of Beyoncé, who has sort of a regular key to the door [of the White House.”]
From his Jay Z quip before, he had used the couple’s smash hit “Drunk In Love” as an example of how inappropriate the singer is as a role model for young girls. In considering its “surfboarding” references, he figured her lyrics and moves would be “best left for the privacy of her bedroom.” Oh really? *Rubs hands, puffs up chest* Alright. Here we go.
Exactly why is Huckabee suddenly so concerned about the bedroom moves of Beyoncé’? Clearly, he watched the Grammy Awards or attended their On The Run tour because the actual video itself is pretty tame, so who’s the closeted Queen Bey fan here? And why so bent on what the First Daughters are listening to anyway? Is he even friendly with the Obamas?
We get that Malia and Sasha are highly influential teens and are often watched like hawks, but it’s always interesting how political bigots like Huckabee and Bill O’Reilly (who also tried it in criticizing Beyoncé) become randomly pressed on what is of interest to the Black community. They do little to nothing for Black people except ridicule. If you can’t sleep at night knowing that Malia and Sasha might possibly know the words to “Drunk In Love,” why don’t you write-up a list of tunes that are age appropriate for them? It’s doubtful that Mr. Huckabee has Liv Warfield on his iPhone.
Also, no one will always agree with everything Beyoncé’s done in her career. Well, a few of those Beyhive and Beygency members might. Oh, and don’t even get us started on Jay Z’s verse on “Drunk In Love.” But as an artist, she, or any female entertainer, are allowed to do as they choose without having to be slut-shamed for it. Women are often seen as (only) sexual objects or bashed when proud of their sexuality, and it’s a fine line that often gets blurred or scraggly real quick.
What Huckabee tried to do was tape a big scarlet letter “A” on Beyoncé’s forehead and we’re not here for it. Every time he’s mentioned her in the last week, it was only connected to sex and in describing her as some kind of clueless puppet. Seriously? I guess he wasn’t a huge supporter of her bigger than ever pro-feminist stance for the last two years. Maybe he wasn’t watching then.
He must have ran out of ideas for his book, in addition to picking and choosing when he felt like caring about young Black girls or Black issues. And he’s so obvious with his examples. Let me use one of the biggest stars in the world who just happens to be a Black woman to talk about sex in the media or what’s wrong with America today.
If he wanted to go down that road, there were tons of examples of which sex in pop culture or the news were largely disturbing and uncalled for. Where was he when that 99 percent all-White UPenn fraternity ordered a blow-up sex doll, named her Beyoncé–because of its dark skin–and had the temerity to pose with it in their Christmas card? Aren’t images like that damaging to our young girls? Besides, he wouldn’t care at all what Malia and Sasha were listening if they weren’t the First Daughters. They are real issues affecting young women in America such as the prevalence of rape culture. Their father, President Obama has strongly vouched against with programs and discussions for safer environment. What have you done, Mr. Huckabee? Yeah, we didn’t forget about this incident.
Perhaps he’s just highly misguided on his thoughts considering he swerved from applauding the Obamas as attentive parents to trying to pin them as aloof guardians. Still, it is funny how one of Huckabee’s previous books was titled Character Makes A Difference, yet what does all of this Beyonce and Obama-bashing say about him when he’s clearly using them to promote his book? The other real concerns like unequal pay, sexism and violence are affecting women, especially those of color, who don’t live as privileged as the Obama girls do. Wake up Mr. Huckabee.