Op-Ed Refers to Jay-Z as a “Poor Excuse for a Husband”
by Liku Zelleke
The stars and guests at the 2014 Grammy Awards were entertained by none other than Beyoncé and her husband Jay Z as they sung “Drunk in Love.” Everyone there seemed to like it: people were dancing to the steamy song and after it ended the couple were given a standing ovation.
But, it seems there are some people out there that don’t think that their performance was all that, and NY Post’s Naomi Schaefer Riley is one of them.
In a recent post entitled “Jay Z a Poor Excuse for a Husband” she blasted the couple on their stage antics.
“What do you call a man who stands there smiling and singing as his scantily clad wife straddles a chair and shakes her rear end for other men’s titillation?” she started off.
“I’m certain if I look through enough Jay Z song titles, I’ll come up with the right name for his role in Beyoncé’s performance…Rhymes with Goodyear…? Well, how about I just call him a poor excuse for a husband?”
She went on to mention that the award ceremonies were getting more and more risqué every year and admitted that Beyoncé’s performance wasn’t any worse than what Miley Cyrus does, or Madonna used to do, on stage.
“But there’s something particularly icky about doing it while your husband looks on approvingly,” she said.
Riley then goes on to mention that the performance had come so soon after Beyoncé had contributed to the recent feminist manifesto, The Shriver Report.
In an article, “Gender Equality Is a Myth” she gives a detailed and well researched insight into the US workforce and the working woman’s part in it.
“One wonders to what extent her consent to sell sexuality has contributed to the problem,” Riley says.
Charlotte Hays, author of “When Did White Trash Become the New Normal?, contributed her thoughts on what she called Jay Z and Beyoncé’s “foreplay” by saying, “It wasn’t surprising to see Jay Z, looking pleased at his wife’s hyper-sexualized exhibition on stage. He’s made a living singing lyrics that call women ‘bitches’ and ‘hos,’ so we shouldn’t be surprised that he objectified his own wife on stage.”
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