I ended up watching the Super Bowl Sunday night, even though I really couldn't care who won (I was kind of routing for the 49ers.). The best part of the night for me was the halftime show. In my opinion, it was the best halftime show I've seen in awhile. I love Beyonce. I thought she put on a great show.
Beyonce's schick has always been that of a powerful, independent woman, and she always brings that quality to the stage. I thought it was a very entertaining performance and I loved that her band and everyone on stage with her were women. It was awesome.
Then... I turned to Facebook. Most of the things I saw were positive, but there was one comment about the "blackout" on the field that really made me mad. A woman commented that she thought it was the girth of Beyonce's thighs that made the lights go out. What!? A WOMAN said that. I could not believe I read something like that. Women have griped for years that Hollywood's ideal body types were unfair, but those same women are now making fun of another woman for not being a stick-figure onstage.
I'm telling you, that girl can dance! If I ever tried to do the things she was doing in those heels, you'd probably be visiting me in the hospital for the next several weeks. So what if she's curvy? She is a confident, strong, freakishly talented woman who is proud of herself and her body. Why do we have to cut her down like that? Was it just jealousy on this Facebooker's part that she wanted to focus on what she perceived as a negative just to make herself feel better? My suspicions are yes. Women and men alike focus on the negatives in other people to draw attention from their own insecurities, but we need to start changing those attitudes. How will we ever change the world's perception of what is beautiful if we feed into the lies, but then turn right around and yell about the stereotype being unfair?
Just something to ponder.