Remember when First Lady Michelle Obama told People magazine that if she could trade places with anyone, it would be Beyonce? Yeah. Turns out that wasn’t just a fun little pull-quote from a puff piece to promote her new cookbook. A few commentators were rankled by it, citing the Beyonce’s revealing sartorial choices, risque song lyrics, and suggestive dance moves as reasons Obama shouldn’t be so quick to play Trading Places with the pop diva.

In the quote that made the rounds when the story broke, the First Lady was rather specific in stating that it was Beyonce’s singing ability she admired:

“Gosh. If I had some gift, I’d be Beyoncé, I’d be some great singer. The power of music, being able to play an instrument…It looks like musicians just have the most fun.”

It seems clear there that she gave Beyonce’s name as a familiar cultural reference. She immediately follows with, “some great singer.” The rest of her comment isn’t specific to Beyonce; it’s about the musical ability she wishes she had.

Still, the comparison bothered Keli Goff of Loop 21, and she insisted she wasn’t the only one, going on to cite her relatives and online commenters to support her view, before writing:

The widespread disappointment in the First Lady’s response appears to be threefold. First off, Beyonce, is pretty, talented, rich and famous, and to top it all off she seems like one of the nicest celebrities on the planet. She is also best known, not for her singing, but for wearing as little clothing as possible while doing it. And as successful as she may be, like many black entertainers before her, she pursued her career at the expense of pursuing an education, and I don’t mean college. She never graduated from high school or earned her GED; a topic of discussion that crops up on message boards when she misspeaks in interviews, which, unfortunately, is not an uncommon occurrence.

She later expounds:

So when the most influential black woman in the world, armed with degrees from some of the best institutions in the world, names Beyonce, a singer best known for a song called “Bootylicious,” as someone she aspires to be, how can we expect young black girls who didn’t go to Princeton to aspire to more than that?

Goff isn’t alone in her disappointment. In an article for The Root, Demetria L. Lucas also takes issue with the First Lady’s comment:

For a woman of Michelle Obama’s caliber to uplift Beyoncé as a role model, and to speak of swapping lives with her, sends a damaging, demeaning and dangerous message to women and girls. It says that despite education and intellect, grace and power, what really matters is our looks, our willingness to submit and our ability to swivel our hips to sexually satisfy the opposite sex. We hear that message loud and clear every time a reality show airs. We don’t need to hear it from our first lady, too.

Without examining too much of what each writer has to say about why Beyonce is an unfit celebrity for Michelle Obama to want to trade places with, I’d like to point out that each piece assumes that the majority of African American girls look to one or both of these women as the sole or primary arbiters of what they should become. To make arguments like these, you’d have to take for granted anyone else who may have a stronger, more hands-on, consistent influence on the life of an impressionable girl. Like her mom, her aunt, her favorite teacher or principal. You’d have to believe that none of them will look at Obama’s original quote and take it for what it actually was: a casual, offhanded comment about how she wishes she could sing like Beyonce.

Not to minimize either woman’s social influence, but I don’t think many girls who already admired Michelle Obama’s accomplishments and wanted to be like her will now automatically and without thought or qualification, decide they’d rather make their living shakin’ it in a sequined House of Dereon frock for millions instead–and vice versa. I doubt any girl who already wanted to be the next Beyonce will look to the First Lady’s comment to back up her choice.

What do you think? Could the First Lady’s comparison really have such serious fall-out? Or are commentators reading a little too deeply into things?

  • iQgraphics

    People are being editorially selective AND pulling quotes out of context AND paraphrasing to get a rise out of folks.

    This is poor journalism at its best.

  • Thatstlphoenix

    They are reading too deeply into what she said. It’s as if she can’t say anything without people having issue with it. I’m sure if she said she wanted to be Oprah or Mother Theresa, people would have issues with that as well.

  • B. Payne

    Sometimes, people in general make me really sick…articles like this is one of the reasons why.

  • andryce

    This close to the the election And this is what they come up with? really? I bey has a beautiful voice and wonderful career. I used to wish I was patti labelle big deal.

  • kay

    I’ve been an avid Obama supporter for some time now, but the Obamas are starting to get too chummy chummy with these celebrities with shady pasts (rappers and the like) and it’s obvious they don’t really know much them past how they perform on stage. The comment bothered me, but that’s because I choose to look beyond the superficial to how something like that in the media can affect a young girl’s perception of things.

  • Miss J

    people are reading way too much into it, OMG get over yourself and Demetria needs to take several seat

  • http://callmekells.tumblr.com Kelly

    Wtf is wrong with people, are we really dissecting this? Beyonce is the sh*t, and this isn’t coming from a Stan at all. I’m aware of the outfits, lack of education (which by the way she recently announced she’d be going back to pursue) but must we be SO critical? But really, this is stupid, Michelle Obama is the First Lady, whose life would be more interesting for her to want to switch with for a day? I’d hate to be in the public eye in this day and age, you can’t speak your personal opinion for nothin’ anymore.

  • Miss J

    people are reading way too much into things .. she meant she wish she could sing like Beyonce

  • Willow

    If these critics were honest with themselves, they’d want to trade places with Beyonce too…

  • http://www.thesolepursesuit.com/ Fab from thesolepursesuit.com

    Can Michelle Obama live? Can she just like Beyonce? Should she have said Ledisi?

  • OSHH

    People really need to stop measuring others folk value/significance by the number of degree’s someone has etc.
    Beyonce, I am not a stan, may not be all extra “edumucated” but the woman is great at what she does and has earned millions of dollars doing so and is living that good life, so *shrug*

  • http://sabrinascloset.blogspot.com Sabrina

    They are looking at it in a negative way…reaching is more like it! Some women do not like Beyonce for whatever reason, because she’s pretty, multi-talented, successful, built nice…whatever. I have always liked Beyonce b/c I can relate to her God given gifts and how she pushes herself to use them. And although right now I have issues with her baphomet dress wearing and some other symbols and signs, I can argue that her not having a complete h.s. education nor a college education makes her less of a role model. Using the gifts God gave her was HER way to success, we each have our own. Some choose college others choose to make their own way. I am a high school graduate and a college drop out! But my gifts and my willingness to recognize and use them is my ticket to success! We have to stop being so critical of eachother. Especially women of color. We don’t even realize the half of the women and men in the world who are successful not b/c of schooling! It’s wonderful that we have an African-American President and First Lady who are college graduates…something I’m very proud of, but I would be no less proud if that First Lady were an enterprising woman like me!

  • RJ

    Not a Beyonce or Michelle Obama stan, but I just don’t understand why people invest time thinking so deeply about trivial and innocuous comments. Also, people need to give Beyonce a break. Michael Jackson used to grab his crotch when he danced and people nearly lost their damn minds because of it. The Rolling Stones sang about drugs and sex – and people thought the world was going to collapse. What the hell is the big deal? Sometimes I want to move to Europe. Americans are just so damn hung up on trivial bullsh*t and also think about sex and sexuality in the most adolescent way possible. Grow up and chill out people.

    Also, there are so many HATERS (black women in particular) who give Beyonce flack for her wardrobe choices and singing about sex and yet they give Lil’ Wayne and Kanye and all these other negroes a pass. Y’all can sit down.

  • Muse

    I agree with the article. Michelle’s comment was taken waaaay out of context not to mention taken to waaaay seriously.She only used Beyonce as a point of reference.

    To say the first lady is sending a ‘damaging, demeaning and dangerous message to women and girls” is a bit much. Not only does it diminsh the talent and work ethic of musicians and entertainers but it’s just flat out wrong. People act like Beyonce is the first woman EVER to “swival her hips” while wearing a sequined outfit. She ain’t the first and she sure won’t be the last. Janet did it, Tina Turner did it, Chaka Khan (in her younger days) did it and even Donna Summer who Beyonce has sampled in the past (Love to Love You). All those women gyrated their way to the top while wearing the same wigs and weaves Beyonce does yet no one says anything about that.

    Honestly, I’m tired of all the Beyonce hate.The fake pregnancy rumors and leotard jokes are getting old. Is she the brightest bulb out there? No, but dang! Can she live??

  • OSHH

    *cyber high 5′s Sabrina*

  • Muse

    *appluase*

  • Natalie B.

    I think people are reading way too much into the comment. I’m really surprised that Demetria L. Lucas would take such a stand considering she has been a contributor to Essence Magazine, a publication whose recent editiorial decisions continue to boggle my mind– the racist editor, prominately featuring Evelyn Lozada in their online coverage for a wedding shoot. Methinks that the gaffes that Essence has been making would be more of a concern and disappointment to Ms. Lucas than Mrs. Obama saying that she would switch places with Beyonce in Make Believe Land.

    I’m far from a Bey stan, but I’m really feeling uncomfortable with the amount of anomosity that she is receiving. What did she do? Compared to other Black female recording artists, I think she carries herself in a pretty respectful and dignified way; she’s kept her private life pretty private, she’s married with a kid and making a comeback after preganancy. What’s the problem?

  • apple

    Oh go to hell! I would trade places with my favorite celeb too! She denied her education? So what! Most people followed their education and now on debt with no job and 100k debt id love to be uneducated famous pretty and rich ! I’d take the rich right now and deny the other 3. People act beyonce smoking crack , telling girls bust it open for your unmarried man and burning down orphanages ! Go somewhere with all that

  • I got sense!

    I thought that fact was very obvious but apparently being able to read and write eloquently doesnt accompany reading comprehension.

  • I got sense!

    Yep. If she had said Oprah they would have been outraged. She didn’t get married, she didn’t have kids, she was promiscuous as a teen. She’s not a good role model.

  • Queen

    I agree. I think her comment was taken waaaaay out of context. It’s like the media is going head over heels for some sort of Slam Fest. Totally not the case. They asked her the question so she had to respond. I think she approached it a “I would like to be musically gifted” type of way, which is a bit of a contrast to her own life. She acknowledges the fact that she is not musically gifted.

    With that being said..I don’t think she wants to trade places with Beyonce.. it was her “talent” Mrs. O was hinting at.

  • I got sense!

    I don’t understand why people keep saying that Beyonce didn’t finish high school. She said herself they were homeschooled after destiny’ child took off and had tutors so they could finish by mail. These broads sound like Donald Trump’s simple behind thinking Obama is not a U.S. citizen.

    The women who wrote this are The type of women I avoid like the plague. Nothing is ever good enough, they find fault in everything, they are very negative people generally but mask it as intellectual discourse. The thing with role models is that NO ONE is perfect and the point is to be inspired by the good they did not copy every move they make including their faults. If they think Beyonce is a bad person to be a role model I want to know who they think would be better. We all know MLK was a womanizer but we still got a damn day off work to celebrate all the good he did. These type of people make me sick.

  • Pseudonym

    Seriously…the backlash to that comment is so ridic. As I wrote on an earlier post, Michelle Obama doesn’t need to dream to be a

    -Harvard-educated lawyer
    -director of a non-profit
    -board member of a large corporation
    -First Lady of the US

    BECAUSE SHE IS ACTUALLY ALREADY ALL OF THOSE THINGS (and more!).

    But the one thing she hasn’t done is be a major pop star. It should have been taken as that- the fun alter-ego to her hyper-intellectualized professional life.

    And with all of her gyrating and leotards, I gotta say that Beyonce is an admirable woman- her songs are extremely empowering (LOVED “Irreplaceable”) , she’s dated 2-3 guys and married the last one, was married for years before having a child, supports her family and is never caught up in any petty drama/beef. The way people are reacting, you’d think Michelle Obama said she wanted to be Evelyn Lozada. Give.Me.a.Break.

  • sigh

    To all the people who think this was just an innocent thing hey no big deal, do a search online — it’s already started…

    “Michelle Obama Fantasizes of Being Beyonce”
    “Michelle Obama, Beyonce Wannabe”

    Our first lady is being reduced to a simple minded groupie in the mainstream media. Some people just can’t see the forest for the trees (aka the big picture).

  • sigh

    To all the people who think this was just an innocent thing hey no big deal, do a search online — it’s already started…

    Our first lady is being reduced to a simple minded groupie in the mainstream media. Some people can’t see the forest for the trees (aka the big picture).

  • The Taker

    +100

  • Chox

    Yes, yes, yes. She is already everything we want our daughters to aspire to be! She would like to have an artist/entertainer experience. So who does she name…obviously the entertainer at the top of the game. I expect it from someone like Keli Goff, but Demetria Lucas, you’re smarter than that.

  • The Taker

    Shheeeeiiiitttt….If I could have at least one wish, I wouldn’t mind trading my life for their lives anytime. Go one day being a mega accomplished pop superstar with a gabillion dollars and then being one of theee most if not the most stylish, highly educated, major accomplished First Lady of the free world. Michelle Obama has the right to fantasize about being what or whom ever she damn well pleases.

  • The Taker

    If I could have at least one wish, I wouldn’t mind trading my life for their lives anytime. Go one day being a mega accomplished pop superstar with a gabillion dollars and then being one of theee most if not the most stylish, highly educated, major accomplished First Lady of the free world. Michelle Obama has the right to fantasize about being what or whom ever she damn well pleases.

  • Elissa

    I totally agree that Michelle has already accomplished things that most Black women can only dream of. There is one thing she wishes she could do and that is to sing like Beyonce. Beyonce is a decent human being and a classy lady. Who says that only having a degree means that you are educated? I used to look up to women in my family who, although they did not graduate college, owned businesses. What do we say to little girls who WANT to be in the music business or girls who wish to be cosmetologists? Don’t do it because you must get a degree? Get real! Ms. Goff and Ms. Lucas need to lighten up and recognize not everyone sees a person as being worthy of admiration based on their level of education.

  • Bridget

    I agree…that comment about Beyonce not graduating from high school or having a GED was very elitist; so what? a lot of college graduates are unemployed right now w/debt out the wazoo. Some people overthink everything.

  • Mina P

    OMG, it was an interview with People Magazine… of course she chose a popular icon that people knew & love. Calm down. She better things to expend her precious brain cells on than to give a thoughtful answer to such a trivial question. And, damn was there are wizard on-call? NO! Okay, no. She not trading places with anybody people. She’s still doing her.

  • Fantabulous

    The only the FLOTUS stated was…that she would really like to have a beautiful singing VOICE…she simply used Beyonce’s name as an example…

    It is so amazing how a MONKEY can turn a banana into a PICKLE…!!!

  • Pseudonym

    I’m sure none of these headlines are written by people who previously respected Michelle Obama and wrote a bunch of positive articles about her, but were completely turned off by this one comment. Maaaan, the people writing those headlines would have negative things to say about her no matter what she did. Remember the backlash to her “Let’s Move!” campaign?

    Haters gonna hate.

  • kidole

    Who else would Michelle want to be on this earth?… Barack or herself? Some people need to take the stick out of their backsides. Beyonce’s lack of an education has no bearing on her value as a person or limits how much she can contribute to this world and make the most out of her life. Intelligence and education are not synonymous! While she has never claimed to be the next great philosopher, she teaches little girls and women to be assertive, independent, dreamers, and go-getters. Much like Michelle, Beyonce worked hard, followed her dream, and will be one of the greatest icon’s of all time. She seems to have a great husband who adores her, beautiful baby girl, close-knit family, and a overall a great life. Oh yeah, she’s pretty and can belt “drop down low and sweep the floor with it” in next to nothing and still keep it classy! Everyone’s path to success, fulfillment, and/or purpose does not begin and end with their education!

  • who run the world?…GOD

    Who else would Michelle want to be on this earth?… Barack or herself? Some people need to take the stick out of their backsides. Beyonce’s lack of an education has no bearing on her value as a person or the limit to which she can contribute to this world. Intelligence and education are not synonymous! While she has never claimed to be the next great philosopher, she teaches little girls and women to be assertive, independent, dreamers, and go-getters. Beyonce worked hard, followed her dream, and will probably be one of the greatest icon’s of all time. She seems to have a great husband who adores her, beautiful baby girl, close-knit family, and a overall a great life. Oh yeah, she’s pretty and can belt “drop down low and sweep the floor with it” in next to nothing and still keep it classy!

  • Singlequeen

    Congrats on your accomplishments. So true what you said, I’ll just cosign.

  • Pseudonym

    AND…

    “DJ don’t be scared to run this, run this back
    I’m repping for the girls who taking over the world
    Have me raise a glass for the college grads…

    Boy you know you love it
    How we’re smart enough to make these millions
    Strong enough to bare the children
    Then get back to business”
    -Beyonce, “Run the World (Girls)”

  • Dalili

    +1

    LMBO @ “was there a damn wizard on call? NO!” Too funny!

  • Guest

    Amen hon!
    “how can we expect young black girls who didn’t go to Princeton to aspire to more than that?”
    STFU and take a whole row of seats!!

  • binks

    Amen! People really do have too much time on their hands to be dissecting this statement. This is really making a mountain out of an ant hill. I’ am not Beyoncé’s biggest fan in fact sometimes I give her the side eye on some of her accolades but I can give credit where it is due and Beyoncé is successful in her right and an entertainer a lot of people wish they could emulate and be in the realm of music. It isn’t that serious, not everything has to be a thought provoking and deep warrant response.

  • cupcakes and shiraz

    This is why we can’t have nice things. :[

  • Ms. Information

    You can kinda tell that Beyonce never graduated though…she is not well spoken and all the money in the world cannot buy intelligence..

  • wen

    This is an election year. If Mrs Obama stated she wanted to be like Mother Teresa they wouldve found some way to spin it. ”Out of all of the Americans she couldve chosen, why did she choose a non American,” whatever. Although, I think choosing Beyonce wasnt a smart answer (smart regarding being strategic).

  • TheBestAnonEver, Part 2

    Oh please! Black women (well, and black gay men) are some of the most ardent defenders of Beyonce. Go to any website where they are attacking Beyonce and see black women pounce on the attacker. White feminists can attest to this (lol).

    All this rubbish ‘black women are haters’ nonsense really needs to end. It is misogynist, racist and not rooted in truth.

  • http://afrikanmami.blogspot.com African Mami

    Over reacting. Demetria’s response STUNNED me the most. What happened to the Belle I used to know?!

  • TheBestAnonEver, Part 2

    I think this article needs to be updated. Didn’t Michelle mention wanting to be like Beyonce on Good Morning America again this week? I don’t think she emphasized the singing the second time around.

    Whatever. I see both sides of this issue.

  • belle/demetria

    I detest the implication that I’ve changed, when I’ve been quite consistent on this one.

    In Nov. 2009 I posted an article entitled, “What’s the Difference Between Bey’, Kim, and Trina?”

    http://www.abelleinbrooklyn.com/blog/2009/11/18/whats-the-difference-between-bey-kim-and-trina.html?currentPage=6

    “Belle” is still, well, Belle.

  • befree1619

    Well regardless of who wrote it, I think she makes valid points. Michelle Obama did say Beyoncé is a role model for kids on tweeter besides wanting to be her.. Beyoncé has some very adult themes and lyrics in her music that should not be prompted to young kids. Period.

    I said the SAME thing when Bey was promoted on the Wubzzy girls on Nick jr. The problem is people don’t take the time to scrutinize the avenue in which “role models” messages are transmitted to our youth. Is Beyoncé a mother, wife and businesswoman…. yes? Great. I can say T.I is a father, husband and business man too, but I would not tell people he’s a role model for young boys… even if he had never gone to jail, but solely based on the content of his music. Young girls are not looking at Beyoncé’s financial portfolio or her charity work. Yes it’s problematic to tell young girls a woman who says she wants a soldier from the streets chiefin’ , and sing songs about her kitty Kat needing some attention is a role model. Beyoncé’s off stage persona is fine, but her on stage persona is not something YOUNG girls should be told is role model worthy and that’s the context in which they know her.

    I have no problem with grown music for grown people, but I do have a problem when anyone says adult content is okay for children. I don’t think Ms. Obama meant it in that way, but it can be deduced from her comment. If you like Beyoncé’s music fine, but once you tell people she’s a role model you don’t have the luxury to pick and choose which aspects are worthy. Full disclosure, I have tons of Bey’s music on my IPOD, but liking some of her music and telling the world she’s a role model for girls are two different things. To act as if the First Lady saying it has not weight would also be disingenuous. If anyone else had said this the first comment would have been “your parents should be your role model” . Why not just give Bey props for her talent and leave it at that..

    I am just saying.

  • Jess

    I love Beyonce and Michelle O. They both are doing their thing, in their own way and are successful and positive Black women.

    Black women are not a monolith – we have highly educated, corporate sisters and super sexy successful entertainers. Neither is better than the other, and both compliment each other.

    I’m glad they are friendly and cordial with each other, and can admire each of their own unique abilities.

    I guess some people wouldn’t be happy unless they were hating on each other, jealous and catty of each others success or looks, or calling each other b*tches and h*es and tearing hair out on national TV – that’s the image of Black women that makes some people happy.

  • befree1619

    ** saying**

  • Jess

    “there are so many HATERS (black women in particular) who give Beyonce flack for her wardrobe choices and singing about sex and yet they give Lil’ Wayne and Kanye and all these other negroes a pass. Y’all can sit down.”

    co-sign 1000% !!

  • befree1619
  • Eri

    They need to lighten up. It would be fun to be Beyonce. I sure wouldn’t mind.

  • http://afrikanmami.blogspot.com African Mami

    Thanks for replying!

    The comment was not made to infuriate you, I don’t have the time for meow meow! Eh, I used to read your blog long long time, when you focused more on you. Thanks for the link. Makes sense and shit. My stunned sef has now now been unstunned, I guess.

  • Belle/Demetria

    Infuriate? Huh?

    You assumed. I informed. That’s all.

    You used to read my blog– thanks for your support!– so you know I don’t do petty/catty.

  • ShuShuMama

    “For a woman of Michelle Obama’s caliber to uplift Beyoncé as a role model, and to speak of swapping lives with her, sends a damaging, demeaning and dangerous message to women and girls. It says that despite education and intellect, grace and power, what really matters is our looks, our willingness to submit and our ability to swivel our hips to sexually satisfy the opposite sex. We hear that message loud and clear every time a reality show airs. We don’t need to hear it from our first lady, too.”

    O_0. This.

    Please don’t underestimate our intelligence. In no way, as a women, did I get from Michelle Obama’s statement that what what really matters is our looks. Actually I think this article and responses such as Demetria’s are a gross overreaction to the FLOTUS’s comment. But that’s just me. Lighten up. Geez.

  • Sparkle

    I agree! The media just needs to stop jocking both Michelle and Beyonce.

  • Sparkle

    Really? People really need to get off of their soapboxes. What the hell is wrong with being an attractive sexy performer if that’s your thing? I’m sick of this mentality that suggests that as women we can only “behave” in a way that is acceptable. If Beyonce wants to shake her booty…so what? There are a number of talented intelligent minds in the literary business and political world for girls to look up to-more now than ever before. But if girls choose to admire Beyonce it’s not the end of the world…

    Women always get flack when they are in charge of their own image and sexuality and OWN it without apologies SMH.

  • Muse

    @Shun – I totally agree. To say “uplifting” Beyonce is “damaging, demeaning and dangerous” is a complete stretch. If anything, black women constantly throwing stones at other black is dangerous. The constant barrage of insults towards Beyonce (since 2009 according to her other article) makes her no different than Evelyn and Tami on Basketball Wives. The only difference is she expresses yourself more eloquently.

    Demetria, it’s really not that serious.

  • Sparkle

    +1

  • Muse

    *expresses herself

  • OSHH

    “The women who wrote this are The type of women I avoid like the plague. Nothing is ever good enough, they find fault in everything, they are very negative people generally but mask it as intellectual discourse”

    Bingo, and IMO reek of insecurity!!!!

  • who run the world?…GOD

    thank you!

  • http://afrikanmami.blogspot.com African Mami

    @ Belle

    My goodness, are you serious?! Shiiiiid, girl BYE! MEOOOOOOOW, then PURRRRRRR!

  • DanaT

    I’m sure both Bey and the First Lady work hard in their individual talents but comparing their careers as equal or complimentary is a stretch.

    The job titles of these women and what they individually embody for progressive blackness and progressive femininity is incomparable. Mrs. Obama is the president’s wife who actively participates in foreign policies and volunteerism cultivation (among other things). Bey sings about a “videophone,” looks white in a Loreal ad, and wears a swimsuit on stage singing about her ego. Come on, the two don’t compare in terms of their role model presentation.

    I want my niece striving to be The First Lady versus Beyonce. I want her to change the world by act and presentation. I really don’t see The First Lady in “Ebony” allowing her skin to look similar to Madonna. I have 2 different expectations between these women. One is not better, but they are definitely not on the same spectrum.

    The author is inclined to disagree. She is not catty as long as the rebuttal is in a respectful way. I’m sure there were no punches or profanity. It’s an online article not Evelyn and Jennifer fighting on the television.

  • TLC

    First Neyo wrote the song and the song is dumb. How is it empowering for a woman to buy a man a whole bunch of lavish gifts? Did you just listen to the chorus?

    “Rolling her around in the car that I bought you”

  • Princess

    The critics are extremely SMALL-MINDED people. There is NOTHING wrong with what she said. Beyonce is an entrepreneur, a businesswoman, a music mogul and an accomplished entertainer. She is humble, a wife before being a mom, gracious, poised and extremely intelligent in her specialty, the entertainment world. Education is important, but formal education does not qualify one’s intellect or accomplishments. The fact that Beyonce doesn’t wear a lot of clothes on stage is because she is a DANCER! Have you ever been to a ballet? Do ballerinas wear a lot of clothing? Did Tina Turner wear a lot of clothing? Lastly, Beyonce is not predominantly known for her song, “Bootylicious” – that person is ignorant and needs to broaden their mind on what it means to be successful and intelligent. Women need to stop discriminating against each other and respect the gifts and talents of all women, regardless of their academic pedigree. One more thing – just like Kelly Rowland and other members of Destiny’s Child, Beyonce was home-schooled and DOES have her G.E.D. Stop relying on gossip blogs for information and be informed.

  • hearyoume

    I agree that people need to lighten up but for real mrs. obama should be MORE CAREFUL of what she says….in the times we are in, the politically divisive arena today, she should know that what she says could be taken and turned negative. You gotta be as PC as possible, i’m sorry but it’s not time to be thinking of being fun and being yourself. It’s the name of the game….

  • HowApropos

    I really don’t know if it’s that many people mad at what the FLOTUS said about Beyonce.

    Ok, she likes Bey. *shrug* Bully for her then.

    Another day, another subject…

  • HowApropos

    This bears repeating a few times more…

  • Tami

    I sooo agree with you, Pseudonym. I get what people are saying but I admire Michelle & Beyonce…Michelle, Harvard educated, prettty, in the public eye, takes care of her family, President of the USA proud to show the brown-skin beauty off…Beyonce, beautiful, talented, works her butt off & has own career, appears humble & dedicated to hubby. Its fun to imagine trading places with someone so unlike yourself. Hell, I’m 50 yrs old & I’ve have been inspired by Michelle & Beyonce both. Michelle makes me want to get back into shape & Beyonce inspires me to cut out the TV & sitting around & get to work on my next book…I truly think the commentators are reaching with this one.

  • HowApropos

    *applause*

  • AJ

    @”DanaT: Michael Jackson and Barack Obama both are or were successful and extremely talented and intelligent in their own respective fields. Success, intelligence, beauty and talent comes in more than one package in the Black community. Bey and Michell O have both had huge impacts on the world, in two very different ways. They represent the many aspects of successful Black women. I would want my daughters to emulate certain aspects of both of these women, they represent people who look like me well. Not everything about them, but many aspects of them both.

  • TLC

    Chile please,

    poised?
    This is what you called poised

    http://www.gifbin.com/reverse/982883

  • Me

    I feel that the comments of Keli Goff and Demetria L. Brown are foolish and ignorantly stated. Michelle Obama is already a positive role model for young black girls, demonstrating that they can achieve mounds through education.
    Like every woman in the world, she is entitled to her own dreams and fantasies. I’m sure that even the Goff and Brown themselves have had dreams/fantasies of being someone completely different.
    By portraying Beyonce as somewhat of an uneducated bimbo is sending out a negative image to young people. Goff and Brown are telling young black girls that it is not OK to chase their dreams and to use their talents. Furthermore, they are belittling the achievements of artist such as Beyoncé who are not only singers, but are business women, philanthropists and positive role models.
    It’s time as black people we stop putting down our people and start to celebrating the wonderful things that we’ve achieved.

  • Princess

    Is there something wrong with what you posted? Is there something inherently sinful about dancing and celebrating your femininity or sexuality? She is a dancer, you idiot! Dancers, dance.

  • Things that make you go hmmmm

    I think what people fail to realize is, while The First Lady can fantasize about being a singer (or Beyonce, which seeing that she knows her personally I think she meant her versus say Katy Perry or even Jennifer Hudson or Adele, who are equally good singers and seem to have just as much fun), her statement sends the message that she wants to be valued for her looks and presumably lackluster talent given the current condition of the music industry save a few people. Nothing wrong with that except, that doesn’t register to young girls who stay in the mirror doing the “Single Ladies” or “Crazy in Love” dance. I can go on about how terrible I think Beyonce is; I truly don’t find her talented nor do I find her lyricism “empowering.” So, I must ask what has she truly done to encourage young women to be more than her stage persona she emits on stage? What has she done to be deemed role model worthy that say the previous women mentioned in my comment haven’t? Also, I wonder how star struck the Obamas really are? It’s an election year, but will her rallying behind a woman who – regardless of who tries to say otherwise – has based her career mostly off of selling sex and has been accused of copyright
    infringement/plagiarism be beneficial in the long run? Thoughts?

  • francais

    actions speak louder than words. michelle obama has unequivocally walked the walk by being a woman of character, who earned a world class education, and used it to give back to others, once as the head of Public Allies and as a hospital administrator and now as First Lady of one of the wealthiest nations on the planet.

    one comment about switching lives with beyonce, who the first lady might actually know as they have collaborated on a healthy food initiative, does not destroy her legacy of public service that she has built.

    calm down folks.

  • michael

    I agree. It seems Michelle wants to be beyonce,and not just for her singing ability.
    Alot of women think beyonce is better than themself and i think that’s pathetic.

  • pecantan

    I totally agree with her. She was obviously just making reference to the fact that she would be a musician of some sort! Whats wrong with that?!?

  • Dan Steve

    I think some writes have gotten so good at making at taking things out of context and try to make news out of nothing. There is nothing wrong in wishing to be as talented as Beyonce and what she has accomplished is noble and worth admiration and first lady’s should be taken as was meant and communicated, any out of context initiative out of it is a bunch of BS

  • Darslow

    Everything I wanted to say, but didn’t have time to type it. You hit the nail on the head. I love Bey and Michelle, but let’s be real, Beyonce is not an appropriate role model for young girls. If we move to teens and adults, then I don’t see anything wrong with her being a role model in that capacity. She’s inspired me in terms of her work ethic, her charity work, and her business acumen. But I don’t agree with the FLOTUS or the POTUS about her being a great role model for girls. End of story.

  • Linda

    Its not who many of us wld pick n seeing how Mrs. Obama is a very intelligent n insightful woman, she may have meant something that all if us missed. At least im hoping.

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