Beyonce’s Grammy Performance Incites Parental Riots And Slut Shaming Galore

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 26: Singer Beyonce and rapper Jay Z perform onstage during the 56th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Photo: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

Last night, my roommate, my boyfriend and myself sat in our small apartment watching the 2014 Grammy Awards. Since we were liveblogging the red carpet, I watched approximately two hours of pre-show red carpet footage, so by the time the actual performances began, I was already a little Grammy’d out and the two of them were sick of my grumpiness. And then the lights came on, a silhouette appeared, and we all simultaneously went, “Oh my god, that has to be Beyonce.”

For those of you who didn’t watch, here’s a quick rundown of Beyonce performing “Drunk In Love”:

…Yep! That about sums it up. Jay Z and Beyonce made the rest of us blush a little bit as they moderately grinded onstage as Bey wore a strappy thong leotard.

Apparently, their performance was too risque for some people, and Twitter, among other social media platforms, was flooded with pissed off parents and slut-shaming assholes:









…What the what? A few thoughts:

- Nobody knows exactly when your kids go to bed. No, really, this is not something the rest of the world is kept up-to-date on.
- Shockingly, you have the power to change the channel. Those buttons on that little clicky bar? Yeah, those do things. Given that you were watching enough to criticize, you presumably also had the remote nearby.
- If you think that it’s okay for Beyonce’s performance to start an hour later, then you’re acknowledging that the Grammy Awards may contain this type of content, and thereby shouldn’t be watching if that isn’t something you want to see.

For the record, the 2014 Grammys also saw P!nk doing aerial dance in a thong leotard;  Pharrell singing about “getting lucky”; Jamie Foxx awkwardly apologizing to Jay Z for all but catcalling Beyonce while onstage; Katy Perry‘s dancers becoming some creepy mechanical horse thing, then disassembling; the red carpet revealing lots of boobs, as it always does.

This tweet from @TheAngryFangirl pretty much sums up my thoughts:

Additionally, with regard to the Miley Cyrus criticism comparison, I think half the people who were actually angry about Miley’s VMAs performance last year were not pissed off about the sexual aspect of it so much as the objectification of other human beings around her. Beyonce and Jay Z were the only two in this one.

I get it: it’s frustrating that awards shows can be so raunchy if that’s not something you want to see, nor have your kids see, but awards shows–especially the music ones–are known for having performances that aren’t exactly mild. I’m more angry about people like Chris Brown being able to perform after beating the shit out of Rihanna, and other such absurdities. So, calling Beyonce a slut and declaring she somehow has no self respect because she danced around with her husband onstage in the same manner she’s been dancing for like a decade? Eh, go to bed. Go to work. Get off my Internets.

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    • CMJ

      Cause nothing says “slutty” like two married people being in love and and being clearly into each other and sexy.

      • pepermitpatty

        why on tv???????

      • CMJ

        It’s the Grammy’s. I’m not sure why people are expecting the 700 Club.

      • Pepermintpatty

        No not expecting 700 club BUT NOT EXPECTING THE SLUT CLUB. I used to enjoy Grammy’s. It never used to be like this. I choose to not watch again. Wish more people would do same so we can get a different show.

      • CMJ

        The SLUT CLUB sounds fun.

      • pepermintpatty

        —–too bad This is why we are getting performances like this.
        goodbye LOL.

      • Samantha Escobar

        You’re absolutely right; it was never like this before! Especially in such heartfelt, innocent years like:
        - 2000, when J Lo wore the infamous Versace dress that went down to her navels
        - 2002, when Lil Kim, Maya, Christina Aguilera and P!nk performed Lady Marmalade
        - 2007, when Eminem sang “Stan,” a song about an obsessed fan murdering his girlfriend
        - 2010, when P!nk basically just wore ribbons onstage
        - 2012, when Chris Brown was allowed to perform after brutally beating his girlfriend the year before

        Family time!

      • Gailenia

        That’s does not make it right!!!

      • Darlene Crotty

        I wouldn’t be so sure of the “In love and into each other”. J Z has been photographed recently with another woman. While the rumors fly I have always believed that most rumors are based in truth…Married or not Beyoncé’s whole act is trashy…no different than a cheap stripper in a club, same costume, same moves…

    • pepermintpatty

      I am not a prude but after Beyoncé’s performance I am through with Grammys. It is like the emperor has no clothes–there should be outrage on this but just because they are famous and wealthy they get away with this—WHY??????

    • Lindsey Conklin

      beyonce danced with her husband! i didnt think it was too risque. it’s not like the grammy’s are “kid friendly” anyway.

    • becksss

      I’m not so sure that the Miley outrage was *just* about her objectification of others. I think the whole finger glove thing that she kept sliding between her legs and all that weird stuff was objectively risqué and directly caused a lot of critique. My thoughts on whether Bey’s performance was suitable or not aside, I really don’t think this has anything to do with race.

      Would be happy to be proven wrong though, if anyone has more arguments why.

      • Samantha Escobar

        Oh no, it was definitely not just about her objectification of others! That is why I said half the people who were angry about her were offended by that aspect.

    • estee mancini

      Beyonce’s image never matches with her actions. Thats because she will go with whatever will get the attention of everyone, not because she actually represents what she stands for. Im sick of hearing her talk about herself as if she is a feminist (which she is not) and then acting no different than a slutty Miley? The difference is that she is a mother and not a 19 year old. Take a seat Beyonce. You never show your opinion on any current events because you’re too afraid of not being seen as perfect. Every album she comes out with a “im not perfect” song to appear modest. Thats shallow. Next time she lip synchs a pre-recorded track she needs to put on a better performance. All she ever does now is show off her ass and monopolize off her “perfect” family life. Stop putting her on a pedestal and then maybe she will give us entertainment that doesnt involve showing her vagina. Cant wait til she retires.

      • Darlene Crotty

        I so agree. Her music is one thing but her appearances and stage ace no different any other cheap stripper doing a pole dance in lingerie..
        She is not anything close to a role model and not many parents would even want their daughter to immolate her. She is a slutty pure and simple…by every definition.

    • deb

      “two married people being in love and being clearly into each other and sexy”……yadayadayada……yes, and they should have DONE it in their
      bedroom, not the frickin grammies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’ll rent a porn movie if
      I want to see that. When I turn on the grammies I want to see people
      with musical talent!

      • CMJ

        Yeesh. You must watch some boring porn if that’s what you equate to porn.

    • lawanda davis

      what they do in the bed room in front of their daughter is their business. she has no class clearly that was a very slutty performance and whats even sadder is that’s the type of woman she wants to be and has always been shame on those who try to say this behavior was okay you know it was down right slutty would you let your daughter or neice do such a thing I feel bad for her parents having to watch their child perform in such a way…

      • Shawn Michaels

        they should keep it to themselves. i have nothing against beyonce but that was a slutty performance.

    • Victoria

      Never understood the whole Beyonce thing anyway… i just do not get why people think she’s so great…maybe after this ‘performance’ i might not be in the minority!

    • Eve

      Beyonce has rubbish songs, a rubbish voice and rubbish plastic surgery. She is rubbish! Only Destiny’s Child had good songs, because of producers like Timbaland. And Kelly Rowland was/is the one with a brilliant voice and CLASS and HUMILITY. Something the trashy, arrogant Beyonce will never have!

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    • ugh

      I’m sorry but I hate her because she claims to be a feminist role model and then she objectifies herself and turns herself into a walking flesh light by the way she dances and dresses. She’s not fighting for equality, she’s just reminding us that all we are is a hole to fuck.

    • Mike A

      Easy to solve. The Grammys should be rated by the same sensors who rate movies and the Show should live with its rating. If it is happy to be rated fairly under American Law fine. The issue is that it has been a family show and has evolved to not be.