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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

  • Yb

    Slut-Shaming and the policing of women’s body, particularly black women’s bodies, in 5, 4, 3, 2, …..

  • dippedingodiva

    Prime example of male privilege. Beyonce handled that man graciously, if that was me concert would have been over lol.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kelley.johnson.75436 Kelley Johnson

    If they’re not reaching out to touch our hair, they’re trying to grab out behinds. Keep your hands to yourself. Period. I don’t know why some people have a hard time doing that when it comes to Black women.

  • The Moon in the Sky

    What would even possess a man to think to do such a thing? Just disgusting.

  • k

    But…a come hither mentality doesn’t help at all. It’s like dangling meat infront of a lion. Men are animals at the very core of their being. Not all are tame and tease them enough, one will ounce.

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