Last week we discussed the spectacular assholery of Kanye West at the VMA Awards. But while there’s no doubt Kanye wins Dick of the Year Award, there’s also no doubt, IMO, that he was 100% correct that Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” video was WAY better than Taylor Swift’s. In case you missed its awesomeness, view here.
I’m a huge fan of Beyonce Knowles. As we say down South, “when the Lord handed out talent, she got in line twice.” But not only does she rock the house as a singer, dancer and actress, she’s a real class act. Witness her behavior at the VMA Awards: after Beyonce won Best Video of the Year she had Taylor Swift come up on stage and finish the acceptance speech that Kanye had interrupted.
But recently, that eminent feminist, MamaSharper, indicated her dislike of “Single Ladies”, mainly because she doesn’t like the repeated mention of how the dude “shoulda put a ring on it.” I passionately defended both the video and the song. If you read the lyrics, you’ll see it’s not a plea to have a man legitimize her by offering a ring. Quite the opposite–it’s a woman telling off a possessive ex-lover, saying “You didn’t want to commit, so you have no right to be jealous that I’m with someone else.” I have had that discussion myself, and now, thanks to Beyonce, I’ve got a catchy song and a cool left-hand wave if I have to have it again. The video is also an artistic triumph, an homage to a Bob Fosse-choreographed number called “Mexican Breakfast,” performed by the extraordinary Gwen Verdon (for a side-by-side comparison of the dances, go here).
So congratulations on Video of the Year, Beyonce. This single lady’s got her hand up for you!