The fact that “Farrakhan misogyny” is already a pre-loaded search term in Google says a lot about the minister’s long history of telling women what they should and should not do. Never one to cower under the possibility of offending someone — or an entire segment of people — in a recent interview with Hip Hop Since 1987, minister Louis Farrakhan didn’t hesitate to call out Jay Z for failing to handle his responsibility as a man, which the Nation of Islam leaders says is keeping his wife, Beyoncé, covered up.
“The woman is everything in the way of building civilization” Farrakhan started, explaining the crucial role of women in raising and educating children. “Look at Rihanna, look at Nicki Minaj and look at Beyoncé. These are some of the most beautiful women you could find…These are the people who set styles.
“Today, you strip the women of her clothes, how can a man think straight looking at the beauty of Beyoncé? A man is made into a dog by a way a woman presents herself to a man. There ain’t no preacher out there that’s that holy that a woman can disrobe herself and a man can still think Bible, still think Quran. Hell no. He’s thinking woman. How do you rule a man? You rule him by the beauty of your body and the suggestion of sex…So when you strip a woman down, a man becomes a dog. You don’t make him a man. You make him to treat you like an object of sex rather than the creative genius that you are. There ain’t no man great without a woman.
“You have to educate the managers. Jay Z is a good man. Jay Z is a good manager. But now, your woman is on display. Do you want men looking at your woman, being tempted by your woman, to make advances at your woman? Who wouldn’t want to be with Rihanna? Who wouldn’t want to be with Nick Minaj? These are talented women, but you strip them, then their bodies become the tool that is being used to promote the degradation of a woman and the subjugation of a man.”
Beyoncé’s lack of clothing has always been a polarizing topic, with the artist classifying her sexual image as a form of feminism and the opposition arguing she’s simply feeding into the objectification of women that runs so rampant in the entertainment industry and society as a whole; it wouldn’t be a stretch to assume Farrakhan is in the latter camp. The minister even went so far as to share his message to Jay Z on his Facebook page telling the rapper, “I want to see my sister, Beyonce, beautifully covered… You’re responsible.”