Beefs 2014: Eurythmics' Annie Lennox Calls Beyoncé "Feminist Lite"
Published Sep 30, 2014Perhaps it comes with the territory when you're one of the world's biggest-ever pop stars, but these days everyone has an opinion about the music, life and politics of Beyoncé. The latest person to chime up on Queen Bey is Eurythmics frontwoman Annie Lennox, who questioned the artist's brand of feminism in a recent interview.
Speaking with Pride Source [via NME], Lennox accused Beyoncé of using feminism as a means of self-promotion.
Her issues stemmed from Beyoncé's recent MTV Video Music Awards performance, where she displayed the word "feminist" in all-caps onstage.
"I would call that 'feminist lite'. L-I-T-E," Lennox said. "It's tokenistic to me. I mean, I think she's a phenomenal artist — I just love her performances — but I'd like to sit down with her. I think I'd like to sit down with quite a few artists and talk to them. I'd like to listen to them; I'd like to hear what they truly think."
She continued: "I see a lot of it as them taking the word hostage and using it to promote themselves, but I don't think they necessarily represent wholeheartedly the depths of feminism — no, I don't. I think for many it's very convenient and it looks great and it looks radical, but I have some issues with it. I have issues with it. Of course I do."
Though they haven't yet, Beyoncé's notorious contingent of fans known as the Beyhive are likely going to take Lennox to task for this on Twitter.