Annie Lennox on Beyoncé, Part Two: ‘Twerking Is Not Feminism’

No, you are not experiencing déjà vu. Yes, Annie Lennox is criticizing Beyoncé and her particular brand of feminism. Again.

As you may recall, Lennox spoke with Pride Source last month and labeled Beyoncé “feminist lite.” Lennox is back at it again, clarifying her earlier remarks while doubling-down on her original sentiment.

During an interview with NPR’s Steve Inskeep, Lennox was asked about over-sexualization of females in modern music. Lennox’s problem seems to be performers like Beyoncé who “thrust” their sexuality in their audience’s face and call it feminism. “The reason why I’ve commented is because I think that this overt sexuality thrust — literally — at particular audiences, when very often performers have a very, very young audience, like 7 years older, I find it disturbing and I think it’s exploitative,” she said. “It’s troubling. I’m coming from a perspective of a woman that’s had children.”

Lennox was then asked specifically about her earlier remarks about Beyoncé. She tried to walk her original comments back a bit:

“Well, I didn’t specifically criticize Beyoncé. I was being asked about Beyoncé in the context of feminism, and 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.’

But then she added:

“Twerking is not feminism. Thats 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.”

When you consider that Beyoncé is not really known for twerking, Lennox’s argument takes on an unfortunate racial tint that undermines her point rather than supports it.

Why can’t we all be friends feminists?

H/T: Gawker, Billboard