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It’s the smack seen ’round the world. Last night in Denmark, Beyonce had to reprimand an overzealous male fan who reached up on stage and gave Bey a quick slap on her backside. She responded saying, “Now I will have you escorted out of here, alright?”

Instead of wondering why a fan thought he could actually touch Beyonce’s body or praising her sharp yet firm response, some people are asking: How can Beyonce be upset at a man smacking her butt when she is shaking it in front of his face in a skimpy leotard?

That reaction is laden with a victim-blaming mentality. It implies that it’s Beyonce’s fault for dressing and dancing provocatively, and that her actions relinquish her of ownership of her own body and give a man a pass for failing to keep his hands to himself.

Those responses reeks of the pervasive rape culture mentality in our society. A woman’s attire and her dance moves are not excuses for inappropriate, unsolicited groping on the part of a man. There is no excuse for his behavior, regardless of how Beyonce looked or moved. The same can be said for women who are groped on the street, whether on line for the club or in a crowded subway car.

Beyonce’s encounter with an audacious fan represents one of many instances where women are touched inappropriately by strangers. And the pass given to said strangers just adds insult to injury.

-Racquel Garrison

  • antisocialengineering

    Yeah

    when you’re in the womb only one person can legally hurt you . . . . by drinking smoking or having you aborted.

  • Kareena

    Being at a Beyonce concert is like being at a strip club.

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  • http://gravatar.com/jhenisis jhenisis

    If there is a difference, it is in that sexual harassment is defined as “unwanted and unwelcome”. If a male artist is being accosted by female (or any) fans, I would hope that artist would clarify to the fans that that behavior was not appropriate and left him feeling disrespected. On the PR side, might even win him some points for sensitivity. Not that it’s about that.

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