Beyonce has come under attack from legendary feminist scholar bell hooks, whose real name is Gloria Jean Watkins. Watkins has branded Beyonce as anti-feminist and a terrorist reported US Magazine on May 9, 2014. During a recent panel discussion about "liberating the black female body" at the New School in New York City Watkins hit Beyonce as anti-feminist and a terrorist on young girls.
It is the feeling of Watkins that the primary assault on feminism in our society has been seen in visual media and on television and videos. She has commented that she sees Beyonce as anti-feminist, or even a terrorist, particularly in terms of the impact she has on young girls. Beyonce doesn't exactly agree with this assessment of her. In fact she has called herself a modern-day feminist who has been striving for gender equality.
The way Watkins ripped into Beyoncé during a panel discussion in New York is likely to shake Beyonce up. Watkins, who wrote "Ain't I a Woman?", has blasted Beyonce as having the effects of an anti-feminist and terrorist on young girls reports Joy Online. Watkins has shared the belief that it's all the money which Beyonce has made which has drawn this attention to her.
Watkins explains she sees being wealthy as what so many young people fantasize about and dream about. So much money and the power which goes with that leads to sexualizing and eroticizing Beyonce. The wealth and the fame are after all what so many people in our culture are lusting after. Watkins raises the point that if Beyonce were a homeless woman who looked as sexy, would people be enchanted by her?
This all becomes even more perplexing of a perspective when Watkins raises the question of whether or not all of those things are gaining attention because "they are at the heart of imperialist, white supremacist, capitalist patriarchy." This purely academic perspective itself simply jolts the realities of the world where black or white, male or female, what everyone really wants and needs is money and the power which comes with having money to control and enjoy their own lives.