Annie Lennox on Beyoncé’s Feminism: ‘I Think It’s a Cheap Shot’
Annie Lennox, who rose to prominence in the 1980s as the lead singer of Eurythmics, and who has, throughout her career, been an outspoken advocate for feminist and LGBT issues, says she thinks Beyoncé’s version feminism is problematic.
In an interview with Pride Source, Lennox was asked what she made of an artist like Beyoncé, who famously projected the word “feminist” on the screen while performing at last month’s Video Music Awards.
“I would call that ‘feminist lite.’ L-I-T-E. I’m sorry. It’s tokenistic to me,” Lennox answered. “I mean, I think she’s a phenomenal artist – I just love her performances – but I’d like to sit down (with her). I think I’d like to sit down with quite a few artists and talk to them. I’d like to listen to them; I’d like to hear what they truly think.”
Lennox then continued:
“I see a lot of it as them taking the word hostage and using it to promote themselves, but I don’t think they necessarily represent wholeheartedly the depths of feminism – no, I don’t. I think for many it’s very convenient and it looks great and it looks radical, but I have some issues with it. I have issues with it. Of course I do. I think it’s a cheap shot. I think what they do with it is cheap and … yeah. What can I tell you? Sex always sell. And there’s nothing wrong with sex selling, but it depends on your audience. If they’re 7-year-old kids, I have issues with it.”
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