Beyoncé’s ‘feminist’ VMA backdrop has conservatives in a huff



Eric Geller


Published Aug 25, 2014   Updated May 30, 2021, 5:25 pm CDT

Beyoncé stole the show at last night’s MTV Video Music Awards in more ways than one. While her performance had everybody dancing along—even little Blue Ivy Carter—it was one word that flashed on the screen behind her as she struck a pose that lit up the Internet.

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— IndyMusic (@IndyMusic) August 25, 2014

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With her dramatic, unannounced declaration of support for feminism in front of a live television audience of millions, Queen Bey instantly made herself a target for conservatives on Twitter who were determined to police the meaning of the phrase.

There were the snide remarks:

Photoshopping a giant question mark at the end of this would make this much better.

— Mark Hemingway (@Heminator) August 25, 2014

Feminist. Heh. I think I follow people who thought that was “cool” that Bey did that? And I am laughing so hard.

— Mollie (@MZHemingway) August 25, 2014

99 problems….. RT @Heminator: And with that, I officially declare the word meaningless.

— Jay Caruso (@JayCaruso) August 25, 2014

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There were the comparisons to a violent revolution:

There might be some dissidents if feminism rebrands as Beyoncéism, but the Beyoncéists could crush them instantly

— JAMES ❄ POULOS (@jamespoulos) August 25, 2014

And there were the critiques of her outfit and dance moves:

Thanks to @Beyonce I learned tonight that requiring female back-up dancers to dry hump everything in sight is #Feminism. Empowering! #VMA

— Derek Hunter (@derekahunter) August 25, 2014

@derekahunter Nothing says #Feminism more than a half nekkid rich broad incoherently keening about her insatiable desire for dick. @Beyonce

— Ecklebob Chiselfritz (@RotNScoundrel) August 25, 2014

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@derekahunter @Beyonce sad that someone so beautiful & talented needs to act like a skank to feel good about them self. KEEP YOUR LEGS SHUT!

— Conservative Cutie (@AgingRepublican) August 25, 2014

One user had the insanely cleverly idea to try to contrast word with deed:

sure. why not? #VMAs

— el Sooper (@SooperMexican) August 25, 2014

It led, predictably, to some uncomfortable responses:

@SooperMexican Is this the #VMA interpretive dance version of a #Slutwalk?

— Super Genius (@Crapplefratz) August 25, 2014

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Silly me, I thought #Feminism would involve more clothes. RT @SooperMexican: sure. why not? #VMAs

— Derek Hunter (@derekahunter) August 25, 2014

Conservative Twitter was very concerned about her leg posture.

@derekahunter @SooperMexican and actually sitting like a lady….

— PChipz (@PESforUSA) August 25, 2014

.@derekahunter @SooperMexican But.. it seems that “pose” is the only one she knows to “strike”… How often you see her legs closed? #Ick

— Brandy Alexander (@FatBrando) August 25, 2014

But perhaps no tweet better sums up the right’s concern-trolling over Beyoncé’s support for a concept that they regularly deride than this one:

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@Heminator Here. Super fast job. Had to move her over too.

— Jay Caruso (@JayCaruso) August 25, 2014

H/T Twitchy | Screenshot via IndyMusic/Twitter

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*First Published: Aug 25, 2014, 12:23 pm CDT