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Caitlin McBride: Beyonce, you're a bonafide superstar - you don't need to look like a stripper on stage

Published 28/01/2014 | 14:41

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

When you're a bonafide superstar, an A+ lister at the absolute top of your professional game - do you really need to show the world you could have been an extra in Flashdance

You’ve been accused of being too risqué at this year’s Grammys and reluctantly, I have to agree.

I‘ve been a long time defender of the majority of criticism aimed at you, but my back is against the wall after Sunday night's Grammy performance.

You're an incredible role model and while we're not as close of friends as I would like (as in, not at all) you're clearly a talented, savvy woman who lives life as 'normal' as possible given that she was raised as a superstar.

But you're Sunday night show was too bootylicious for me and many others.

Where is the subtley sexy Beyonce who seduced millions of fans over the years?

If it had been Miley Cyrus grinding against that chair in a leather thong, we would have collectively rolled our eyes and sighed, 'Here she goes again'. But you're Beyonce, you wear the pop queen crown and it seems attention-seeking; rather than being an element of a carefully crafted image.

You're an icon, you can do what you want. Aside from committing a felony, your image is as bulletproof is as going to get.

According to your public image, you're in the next phase of your life, that of the family woman. Your Tumblr is an endless array of cuter-than-the-next snaps of daughter Blue Ivy, and you're the envy of Hollywood with a rock-solid marriage to Jay-Z.

Some parents have come out to criticise your performance as too sexual, with one woman notably commenting: "Sad day when our kids can’t even watch the Grammys!"

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While I don't agree that the Grammys are a family event, tweens will surely be watching it - checking out the dresses, the hair and of course, the music. A leather thong is not appropriate attire unless you're paying a visit to a bondage club. Superstar or not.

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Fashion faux pas aside, it's entirely out of context with your existing image. And it contradicts the female empowerment message of your music. An agenda which I and countless other fans of yours have supported since Destiny's Child.

We're survivors, independent women, soldiers.

Of course you look incredible and unnecessary focus has been put around your weight; before, during and after your pregnancy. And anyone with eyes will surely agree that you look sensational right now.

I understand the desire to show it off to the world, to the haters and the critics, but I've always thought of you, and I don't think I'm alone in this, as being above a sexualised cog in the pop music machine.

I thought girls ran the world Bey?

 

 

 

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