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Feminist Scholar Bell Hooks Calls Beyonce a ‘Terrorist’

bell hooks says beyonce is a terrorist Beyonce has earned a lot of titles during her career, from a modern feminist to Queen of the BeyHive, but now feminist scholar bell hooks is deeming the “Partition” songstress a “terrorist.”

On Wednesday night, the New School hosted a panel discussion between Black women activists and creative that led to an intense debate over Beyonce’s impact on young women.

During the discussion, hooks (who chooses not to capitalize her name in order to indicate the importance of text and content over the name of the author) argued that Beyonce had little to no control over her scantily-clad Time Magazine cover that makes her image far from that of a powerful feminist.

“Let’s take the image of this super rich, very powerful Black female and let’s use it in the service of imperialist, white supremacist capitalist patriarchy because she probably had very little control over that cover – that image,” bell said.

Two other ladies on the panel, author Marci Blackman and activist Janet Mock, didn’t necessarily agree with hooks’ sentiments.

“I think she had control over what she wore… I would argue that she has a power now that she has final-cut approval and she chose that image,” Mock said. “I don’t want to strip Beyonce of her agency, of choosing that image, of being her own manager, of all this stuff.”

Hooks then responded by suggesting Beyonce is purposefully creating an image of herself that makes her a “slave” rather than a “liberatory” feminist.

That’s when Blackman suggested that Beyonce was merely using the images that were once used against her and many other Black women and molded them into something she could benefit from and take control of.

Scholar calls Beyonce a terrorist “…She’s taken control of it and saying, ‘If y’all are going to make money off it, so am I,’ “ Blackman said. “There’s collusion, perhaps, but there’s also a bit of reclaiming if she’s the one in control.”

Mock then added that she felt somewhat empowered by the images of Beyonce’s “Partition” video and her decision to regain control of her image from her father.

That’s when hooks made her view of Beyonce very clear by slamming the global pop and R&B star as a “terrorist.”

“I see a part of Beyonce that is in fact anti-feminist,” hooks said. “That is a terrorist, especially in terms of the impact on young girls. I actually feel like the major assault on feminism in our society has come from visual media, and from television, and videos. Just think, do we know of any powerful man of any color who’s come out with some tirade against feminist? The tirades against feminism occur so much in the image-making business, and what we see.”

She then asked, “Why don’t we have liberatory images that are away from, not an inversion of, what society has told us?”

The full discussion lasted for a little under two hours and can be watched below:

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4 thoughts on “Feminist Scholar Bell Hooks Calls Beyonce a ‘Terrorist’

  1. The Beygency won't understand Bell Hooks but I understand and agree with all that she's saying. I've been saying it for years and I'll say it again and again…no woman in her right mind would be a Beyonce fan and it's child abuse how women of color promote Beyonce to their daughters.

  2. Dan Lee says:

    She went far enough to sell her book……..end of story!

  3. Prince Todd Eric Williamson says:

    I have read Bell Hooks. She is exhausting and a sanctimonious blowhard. I had respect for her until she called another black woman a terrorist.
    Yes, done with her.
    Her "critique" is nothing more than an old geezer griping about that Rock N Roll music.

  4. Yonah El says:

    I have never heard of Bell Hooks until now, but she and I agree 100% about Beyonce. I am not mad at B for making her way, but to suggest that she is some kind of role model for young girls is whack. Do you want your daughters to be running around half naked and shaking her behind in public? REALLY? When is she going to show them that beauty is only skin deep and it is who you are inside that really matters.

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