Beyonce, The Queen of Manipulation

Uh-oh. I can feel the hate from Queen Bey fans already invading my inbox. Bey, of course, cannot do anything wrong ever and those who dare impugn anything she does deserves to be waterboarded (or the Internet trolling equivalent.)

This comes from The Wife’s blog:

I was not one of the multitudes who spent the weekend trolling Rachel Ray or feverishly texting friends, speculating as to who Jay-Z’s “Becky with the good hair” may be.  I don’t care.

I’m not a huge fan of either Beyonce or her husband. Talented, sure. Just not my thing. BUT, I am a huge fan of how she changes the narrative. Boy, is she/they smart.

I don’t for a minute believe Jay-Z cheated on her. I think she offers tantalizing fake glimpses into her “real” life, teasing us by pulling back the edge of the curtain and then, poof…it’s gone.

But I don’t think any of it is real. I think it’s all stage managed,each gesture, each moment, each album, each kiss.

You can read the rest here.

Meanwhile, The Daily Beast seems to be immune to Bey Disease, too.

With Lemonade, as the Internet goes all Serial over the identification of ‘Becky,’ Beyoncé has proven once again how she can bend both the media and the public to her will.

Beyoncé is many things: an unofficial Red Lobster spokeswoman, an incomparable pop star, a feminist, a keen critic and observer of race relations in America, and—most likely—your current iPhone background. She’s also a public relations genius.

On Saturday, Beyoncé flipped a middle finger at your going-out plans AND her husband with Lemonade. The hour-long visual album, which debuted at 9 p.m. and was available for the next 24 hours on HBO, ushered in a day of reckoning. Eleven brand new Beyoncé tracks later, Jay Z was put on blast, Beckys around the world went into hiding, and GIFs of Serena Williams twerking taught Kim K a thing or two about breaking the Internet.Lemonade isn’t the first time Beyoncé has changed the game, exhibiting a level of control, artistic autonomy, and pop culture prowess unheard of in the digital era.

Beyoncé doesn’t just run the news cycle, she runs the fricking world.

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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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