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How Beyonce Harms Black Women

by on August 25, 2014

Thought Catalog

Bell Hooks bell hooks at the New School via YouTube

I was delighted when bell hooks called Beyonce a terrorist. It isn’t because I have any particular scorn for the deified star, or that I actually think she is threatening, but more so it was simply a treat to see hooks getting some attention. And after all, calling a beloved celebrity in America a terrorist is, sadly, at the very least, newsworthy.

But I was let down, almost immediately, as it became another missed opportunity for much needed cultural scrutiny. The coverage was reduced to banal click­bait headlines, “Beyonce—a Terrorist?” and feminists calling other feminists bad feminists. Meanwhile, Bill O’Reilly, per usual, moralized sex for the conservative right. And The Atlantic, somehow thought it a good idea to try and compare hooks to O’Reilly, which was a goddamned travesty.

Nobody cared to give the black feminist who taught at Yale…

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