Much has been made about Beyonce’s latest single, “Run the World (Girls).” From Bey stans loving the video and choreography, to others complaining about the busyness of the track, Beyonce’s “Girls” hasn’t quite had the impact she, or her label, might have liked.

An interesting thing that has grown out of the single and Beyonce’s reemergence on the music scene, however, has been a discussion of feminism. Clutch’s Arielle Loren and Jezebel’s Dodai Stewart both wondered if Beyonce’s brand of girl power was just another side of contemporary feminism or a ploy to make money. Although both writers came to different conclusions, their articles sparked an interesting conversation—is Beyonce really a feminist or just a woman who knows that empowerment anthems (usually) sell?

Last week, video blogger and self-described “thinker,” NineteenPercent, posted a response to Beyonce’s “Girls” video. In her video response, NineteenPercent wonders how girls or women can really run the world when we are constantly discriminated against.

Although NineteenPercent says the “video is not about Beyonce” specifically, using the song to spark a discussion about the standing of women—who are the majority of the population—seems like the perfect tie-in.

Check out NineteenPercent’s video, “Beyonce-Run the Worl (Lies)” and let us know what you think!


  1. minna k.

    Good video except she doesn’t mention the race class disparities. Example, female fetuses in china, and india are female fetuses of color. Dr. Dre’s hos and tricks are women of color. Victims of FGM are women of color. Just a thought.

  2. tabula rasa

    I am the only one who thoroughly enjoyed that video?!
    THANKS NineteenPercent for speaking the truth & being entertaining at the same time (see, it is possible). She just expressed what I didn’t have the time, energy, or wit to capture.

    BTW, i dont see this as a personal attack on Beyonce, but a commentary on her, and other famous female singers, decision-making and responsibilities as a role model and/or music star.

  3. There are still several cultures left (and more in the past) around the world where women are the decision makers or are strongly respected for their power and opinions. If you do real research and expand your horizons beyond popular culture and look to real people and leaders (and NOT entertainers) to be role models and ‘teachers’, then you will learn a lot about the power of women. The Mosuo women of China rule in their society ( and in my native West Africa, Zoes are the (female) spiritual leaders in villages.

    Yes, there is still LOTS to do for women’s empowerment, just as there is for minority, gay, poverty, etc., empowerment. But the bottom line is you’re reading WAY too much into a damn song. When I rock out to that song, what I hear motivates me b/c I run MY world as a strong, independent, professional, intelligent and beautiful woman and mother. And for others, it could simply be an aspirational call to action to run their respective worlds in the same manner. So I’d recommend saving the rhetoric for when you can actually make a difference where it really counts–by focusing on real programs and organizations that help empower women and girls everywhere.

  4. Its just a song…gesh! That girl just trying put something out that is attention grabbing and catchy…works everytime B…works everytime!

  5. obamarocks

    Everybody go to youtube. Theres a remix of this single produced by this guy name Fyuchur. Its Hot!! Even her fans love it

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