It’s Wednesday so that means it’s time to take a look at something that’s gripped the world so significantly that everyone’s bowing down to its greatness – that’s Beyoncé’s newly released album. As part of this album comes the song Drunk In Love, featuring husband Jay-Z, the video for which (for the explicit version..) is on YouTube on her Vevo. I would have considered looking at the video with a mind to question things, but then I remembered that Beyoncé is a queen and I couldn’t do that. I thought instead we should take a quick look at some of the comments fans and foes alike have been posting under the video of Her Majesty Beyoncé.
First up though, before going through some comments left for her video, I wanted to just pen a few words about the song itself. It seems quite an homage to a former Beyoncé: some of the beats are reminiscent of her former works, and, to be honest, I wouldn’t say that’s a bad thing. Beyoncé’s voice, as per usual, is heavenly – sure Drunk In Love might not be everyone’s cup of tea as a topic of a song, but she can pull anything off with a minimum of people really being outraged. She could probably sing the infamous Je Suis Pour (a French song about the death penalty) and no one would bat an eyelid. The subject of Drunk In Love is in fact quite a real one, and I suppose that’s why people can’t deal with it – reality is difficult to deal with. If anything, the only complaint I have is Jay Z being in it: I’ve never really been a fan and I’m pretty sure if there were more Beyoncé things can only get better – scrap Jay Z and I’d be even more in love with the song. Anyway, let’s get to the comments:
Well the haters are out in number against Beyoncé’s Drunk In Love escapade – they’re certainly not happy. Apparently for some people the song doesn’t embody what they want from Queen Beyoncé – in some respects for them the song is a step in the wrong direction, away from the powerful ballads and songs she’s put out in the past and towards something less desirable. An inference to people who like the song being sheep is quite a strong one too – as a fan you would never want to be told you’re a sheep just because you like a song someone else doesn’t – but it’s made simply because one person cannot understand how another might like something that they don’t particularly like themself. Interesting how the world works, isn’t it.
A similar theme runs through this hater’s comment, as he sees the song as something which isn’t worth it too. Aside from the fact that poor Daniel doesn’t know how to write properly (you know, in a coherent manner), he raises a point which in one respect makes sense, but then again in another is completely illogical. The claim that Beyoncé wishes to sell her music is of course true – as does every and any music artist (or any other form of artist) does in the world. To suggest that that’s the only reason someone makes music however has been proven time-and-again to be naively ignorant. For the majority of musicians, their talent and their love of music drives their careers, not the money: that’s why so many are more than happy to do charity concerts, charity songs and so on. If a musician says that they love their fans then it’s more than likely that they do love their fans…
There seems to be a lot of buzz surrounding the whole ‘Beyoné is emulating Rihanna’ debate too. I mean, sure there are nuances that could be considered slightly Rihanna-esque, but this is much in the same way that any song can sound slightly like another. I don’t believe that there’s a real need for people to go around complaining about how something is slightly similar to something else – you know, unless it’s One Direction and the fact that all their songs are practically emulated on previous boybands (sorry, had to be done). In my opinion it doesn’t really matter if it sounds like Rihanna anyway – the point is that it’s Beyoncé and she’s doing what she wants with her music.
Of course, to contrast the Beyoncé haters there are some argumentative comments that tend to refute everything said, along with some other comments which just show their support and their love for Beyoncé’s latest song. This comment, whilst ignoring rules on capitalisation, grammar and not using hashtags on YouTube, is grounded in some sanity for once. The question really is: if you don’t like something, why go and watch it? Why create a fuss and get your friends to watch it so that you can make sure that they don’t like it? There is a culture around that has made people feel comfortable in just slating things for no reason – if it’s for a review or an analysis or an opinion piece then I can understand (and I have done it myself) people saying something negative, but if it’s just for the sake of saying something mean or for ruining something for other people then there’s really no point. As the elusive EMCV says, there are thousands (billions) of videos on YouTube that people can go and watch and be entertained by, rather than watching something which they just want to mock and about which they just want to be rude.