Monday, February 01, 2016

Beyonce Accused of Cultural Appropriation


Over the weekend Chris Martin and Coldplay dropped the video for their new single 'Hymn for the Weekend' ft. Beyonce using an Indian theme [click here if you missed that].

Now the video is being accused of cultural appropriation and disrespecting the Hindu religion...

Universal Society of Hinduism president Rajan Zed tells W.E.N.N.
“This party anthem and club song music video unnecessarily features sacred Hindu concepts and symbols with no linkage to the lyrics or storyline."
“What is the connection of depicting one person dressed as Lord Shiva holding a trishul (trident) and sitting on the pavement; three persons dressed as Lord Hanuman and standing with gadas (maces) leaning against their shoulders; two saffron-clad sadhus (ascetics) sitting on the roadside, as if meditating with the lyrics in the video like ‘drink from me’?”
“Casual flirting sometimes results in pillaging serious spiritual doctrines and revered symbols and hurting the devotees. It was quite discomforting for the faithful to see the deities, concepts and symbols they revered thrown around loosely and meaninglessly. Hinduism is the oldest and third largest religion of the world… and it should not be taken frivolously. Symbols of any faith, larger or smaller, should not be mishandled.”
Meanwhile fans have been expressing their displeasure online


18 comments:

Anonymous said...

LAME. This is Bey's oldest trick in her book. Release some video where shes dabbling in some other culture in order to get controversy so people will talk about her irrelevant ass. Hopefully this post wont get too many comments.

Anonymous said...

But this is Queen Bey she can do whatever she want to do, whose going to check her. People need to leave her along .

Anonymous said...

Beyonce has been stealing from others her entire career
nobody has been able to stop her, are even shame her it seems. She's not original at all.

Anonymous said...

The first time I heard of that phase "cultural appropraiation" was when that girl went after Kylie for wearing cornrows. But yes I do agree with the Hindu folks and their complaints, but they need to go after the guy too and not just Bey so they are being in fact gender bias!!!

Anonymous said...

My first reaction to seeing that picture was cultural appropriation. If a caucasian did that with African garb we would have called it out. She should be educated on it so she doesn't make this mistake again.

Anonymous said...

Beyonce is so not cultured. It takes more to appreciate a community and help it than just ripping off the glamorous parts.

Beyonce: Every artist but herself. The first Black artist I ever saw rip off white women too.

-The Virgin

Anonymous said...

Why she hate herself so much?? Black people love her to because she ignores them while the media talk for her and they just look at the money she make in which she is really using people. It's starting to catch up with her since she is running out of ideas. bawhahaha

Anonymous said...

Disrespectful - but white people and Beyonce have been disrespecting cultures for years; rape, pillage, murder, etc.

Honey Bun said...

fuck these indian dummies, she can wear whatever she wants, they come here and wear jeans and tshirts, im offended by their cultural appropriation

Anonymous said...

Beyonce was artistically correct, which went along with the theme of the video. Give it a rest ....

Anonymous said...

its like dressing up in black face - its disrespectful to the people of that culture... but I stopped watching Beyonce's video's after single ladies - all her "art" is boring and the same....

Anonymous said...

Hell, orher groups have been culture jacking from black urban and hip hop culture for years and incorporating it into their own. Panjabi MC anyone? #culturalappropriation

Anonymous said...

^other

Anonymous said...

If they think THIS is culture appropriation, just wait til the see the halftime show performance of this on Sunday LMAO

Anonymous said...

Culture appropriation??? Who the fck isnt doing cultural appropriation?? White actors wanna play Egyptians and shit. Black actors wanna recreate White characters instead of creating our own heroes and heroines (wizard of oz, Annie etc) All these Black people crying and hollering about Black James Bond and I aint heard one peep about a Shaft remake!! Nope. Yall worried about Idris playin' a character made famous by a White man. SMH

Anonymous said...

"Culture Appropriation?!!" Wait...This is all so confusing because I used to think Beyonce was a black woman. And she even used to look black to me. Then as a little time went by, all of that began to change. And finally one day I saw her beauty commercial and several members of the "Bey-hive" went beyond and above the call of duty, to "educate" me about her non blackness. According to them, Bey is mixed with everything on this planet and has very little Negroid in her. *Le sigh* It's all just too much. I'm so confused!!! I believe Bey is the only person I know of or have heard of who has two black parents, but herself...really isn't black. So maybe in some crazy way she's honoring another part of her non blackness, in this video. After all, she did honor the teeny weeny blackness in her when she did the black-faced photo shoot. LOL! I wonder was that "cultural appropriation" when she did that? If she ain't black then she had no business doing that, right? LOL!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

bey will be "featured" on ANY song with the word DRINK in it. LOL, i think bey has a type.

[Beyoncé & Coldplay:]
I, oh I, oh I
La la la la la la la
So high, so high
I, oh I, oh I
I'm feeling drunk and high
So high, so high

Anonymous said...

Coldplay featuring Nasty Tranny:

"HYMN FROM A FROG-VOICE MINOR STARLET"

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