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Just when you thought you knew all the tricks up her sleeve, she surprised you with one more! Beyonce has the bey-hive raging with excitement while feminists rage with anger after her latest performance for, “Made In America Festival.” This year’s festival took place on September 5th, hosted by her husband Shawn Carter. Beyonce was one of the several line-ups (The Weeknd, J.Cole, Future, Jidenna, Meek Mill, Modest Mouse and more) for the show, while her performance lasted for ninety minutes. Although feminists were angered by this performance, it showed Beyonce’s new found versatility music and costume wise.
If you’ve ever been to a Beyonce concert, then you know the opening song will always be “Crazy In Love,” her first single off her debut solo album in 2003. Instead of keeping the upbeat original version, she chose the recent remix she did for the well-known movie, Fifty Shades of Grey. This remix is a slow downed version that allows the audience to actually enjoy the words rather than wanting to dance to the original upbeat tempo. She ended with her well known song, “Single Ladies” showing the dance moves that took over the world, and humbly thanked the audience for the standing ovation they gave when she was done.
Queen Bey decided to keep her outfits the same as she usually does, a designed leotard and heels. Of course the eye catching outfit was the sparkling red leotard with “Houston 13” on it which reminded the crowd of her hometown. One outfit that caught the attention of many viewers would be the one she wore for her song, “Blow.” This outfit was a leotard with a silk red robe that exposed a lot of cleavage. For this song, she focused mainly on her vocals and left the dancing to her background dancers.
Her performance can be seen as a success because of the successful song changes she made other than the intro.She sang her usual songs including: “Bootylicious,” “7/11,” “Diva,” “Single Ladies,”Drunk In Love,” and many more. Beyonce took a different turn by adding in songs by different artists at the end of it and displaying dance moves that showed she knows how to move to songs other than her own. For example, she mixed “Truffle Butter,” a song by Nicki Minaj, Drake, & Lil Wayne, at the end of her song, “Bootylicious.” She did the same for songs such as “Diva” and ended it with an excerpt from Future’s song, “Where Ya At” and put“Trap Queen” by Fetty Wap at the end of her song, “Drunk In Love.”
Many would argue this is one of the best performances Beyonce has put on while feminists are saying something different. Beyonce decided during an intermission to play an excerpt by Ronda Rousey. “I have this one term for the kind of woman that my mother raised me to not be and I call it a ‘do-nothing bitch,” Rousey said during her excerpt. Rousey went on to say “I’m just like, listen, just because my body was developed for a purpose other than f**king millionaires doesn’t mean it’s masculine. I think it’s femininely badass as f**k.” Feminists were angered with this because they want to know if this “do nothing bitch” Beyonce refers to is a housewife. They believe by calling females that name it is not seen as empowering and looks as if she is bashing women. Housework or just wanting to support their husband is something feminists view as important.. This comes to a big concern with feminists because in her latest self-titled album released in 2013, she released a song called “Flawless” where she let everyone know that she stands behind feminism.
What Rousey said should be viewed as empowering. It should empower women to actually want to go out and do things for themselves rather than depending on a man. One should consider the fact with this excerpt by Rousey that she played this for the audience right before her song, “Diva.” In her song “Diva” she refers that word’s meaning as the female version of a hardworking male. By putting that before she is reiterating the fact that she does support women. She encourages them to do things with a purpose by not wanting herself to be known as a woman that does nothing.
Overall, Beyonce took a lot of unexpected risks for this performance. Between her deciding to add in songs that were not hers, to her revealing outfit choice, and the Ronda Rousey excerpt, she is switching up her style. She shows the crowd that the older you get, the more you have to try new things which is exactly what she did with this performance.