All hail Queen Bey: Analyzing a cultural obsession

Mrs. Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter. Even her name is amazing. Photo from Idolator.

Mrs. Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter. Even her name is amazing. Photo from Idolator.

Giving honor to Beyoncé, co-creator of Blue Ivy, future leader of the free world, and a visual album that surpasses all albums ever, I write of her world domination free from all bias and sarcasm.

But in all honesty, I think the world has seriously changed since Beyoncé’s now infamous album shocked the world last December. Beyoncé has long been a prominent force in multiple music genres, spanning from hip-hop to pop for as long as I’ve adored her. She has defined what we know as pop culture, and her marriage to Jay-Z can go toe-to-toe with Brangelina as most recognized super-couple. And when she finally blessed the world with hip-pop royalty with Blue Ivy, no one talked about anything else for quite some time.

Beyoncé is friends with the president, her husband is the second richest rapper in the world and her daughter is the subject of very… interesting fan fiction. She has crowds of rabid fans within the #Beyhive and celebrity friends ranging from Oprah to Gwyneth Paltrow. So it should be no surprise that you can hear people of all ethnicities, religions, genders and orientations speak of her greatness, right?

Beyoncé at the Beyoncé Bowl, a.k.a. the Super Bowl. Photo from Wikipedia.

Beyoncé at the Beyoncé Bowl, a.k.a. the Super Bowl. Photo from Wikipedia.

In the era that marked Beyoncé’s rise to extreme fame, from “Say My Name” to “Single Ladies,” there was always acknowledgement of her staying influence on music and entertainment. And with successful ventures in movies, fashion, feminist activism and philanthropy, her power is obvious. But since then, the emergence of a divine-like figure is becoming the norm.

Much like the way the Internet turned Chuck Norris into a supernatural figure, Beyoncé is well on her way to such bizarre memes. When the Internet claimed Chuck Norris was capable of exaggerated feats like swimming through land and cutting through a hot knife with butter, nobody dared question it. It’s the Internet, and everything on the Internet is true. I see similar discussions of Queen Bey’s greatness in the future.

As successful as she is, I think she deserves some of this fabricated mystical greatness. Beyoncé is as much a modern-day feminist as she is a wife and mother. She inspires little girls and grown men alike, Beyoncé parties and Super Bowl blackouts the same, and women in hijabs and women in sweatpants equally. Stanning of all kinds is welcome, because Beyoncé unifies people more than anything else. She’s, like, two steps from Gandhi at this point.

Still from the "Partion" video. Photo from Daily Motion.

Still from the “Partion” video. Perfection. Photo from Daily Motion.

“Drunk In Love” may not be the life-changing masterpiece that I think it is, and surprise visual albums may have been done before, but lets face it—those albums aren’t Beyoncé’s. What really matters are the girls (and guys) who post pictures of themselves on Instagram with the caption “I WOKE UP LIKE THIS,” and sudden interests in surfing. What matters is Beyoncé’s prominent feminist stance, push for equality and the notion that all women are “***flawless,” all things that can be achieved and pursued as a married woman. Bey bares all for this album, literally and figuratively, and makes it quite clear that none of this should be a problem.

This is why girls love Beyoncé like guys love, well, I’m actually not sure. What I am sure of is that despite all of this, Beyoncé’s eternal world domination has yet to show its true “Superpower,” but it’s coming.


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