Unlike some people who cower under the wrath that comes after publicly criticizing Beyoncé, singer Annie Lennox refuses to bow down. The 59-year-old singer-songwriter has once again taken the “Flawless” singer to task for referring to herself as a feminist. During another interview with NPR, the “Sweet Dreams” singer clarified previous comments she made towards Knowles, particularly when Lennox referred to Beyoncé as a “lite feminist.”
“I was being asked about Beyoncé in the context of feminism. I was thinking at the time about very impactful feminists that have dedicated their lives to the movement of liberating women and supporting women at the grass-roots, and I was saying, ‘well that’s one end of the spectrum, and then you have the other end of the spectrum.’”
Instead of explaining why she feels the need to police another woman’s feminist stance, the next statement made by Lennox only reiterates what she made clear in the first place—when it comes to feminism, Lennox feels Beyoncé just doesn’t cut it.
“Listen, twerking is not feminism,” Lennox told NPR. “That’s what I’m referring to. It’s not — it’s not liberating, it’s not empowering. It’s a sexual thing that you’re doing on a stage; it doesn’t empower you. That’s my feeling about it.”
In her interview with PrideSource, Lennox stated that she’d like to “sit down with” Beyoncé. While Lennox is certainly entitled to express her opinion as much as the next woman, perhaps some one-on-one dialogue would serve as a much better example of feminism in action, rather than analyzing another woman’s feminist perspective without having any firsthand knowledge of why Beyoncé (and anyone else who believes in equal rights for women) has every right to call herself a feminist.