Drunk in Love: An opposing view:
Open the flood gates, America, and let it all hang out. Let's have a no holes barred society. Nothing and no one is off limits. Let's be honest, America, we've chewed up our morals and spat them out. It's only a matter of time before there's nothing we won't see or do because that's where we're headed.
Televised for millions all over the world to see, Beyonce and Jay Z's "Drunk in Love" Grammy opener was hot but for all the titillatingly wrong reasons. No report as of this review, but it would not surprise me if this year's Grammy ratings toppled the record held by Whitney Houston's Grammy tribute two years ago. Hopefully, some viewers (parents with young children) were shocked at what they saw and changed the channel. Unfortunately, this reviewer had to continue watching in hope there'd be some redeeming moral value at the end. But, there was none.
And if you think the "Drunk in Love" visual was disturbing, the lyric is 10 times worse. Call it what it looks like --- pure porn. Tell me that some poor soul whose's got a porn addiction wasn't aroused by what he or she saw playing out on the TV. Tell me that some mother or father wasn't asked a question by their young son or daughter if this was what they do in their bedroom. Tell me that some preteen or teenage boy or girl won't try to initiate sexual activity for the first time because of what they saw on stage. Tell me that some poor misguided soul won't commit date rape or sexual abuse thinking it's okay because it's just a case of life imitating art.
I don't care that Beyonce and Jay Z are married or that "Drunk in Love" was conceived to pay homage to their relationship. I say, pay homage in the privacy of your own livingroom not mine. What we see and do on television has changed radically in the last 30 or 40 years. There's been a shift albeit a loosening of the reins of decency and impropriety in many of the programs that are allowed on the air. What is the FCC, the chief regulator of what is broadcast over public airwaves, doing about all of this --- too impotent to enforce its regulatory oversight obviously? Just last year, Republican FCC Commisioner Robert M. McDownell testified before Congress that the FCC has been slow to enforce its own indecency rules:
... as the father of three young children, protecting them from inappropriate
content is a high priority for our family. The Commission should act with all deliberate
speed to clarify its indecency policy in the wake of the recent Supreme Court decision on
this matter and work to process the roughly 1.5 million indecency complaints, some of
which have been pending for 9 years.
Later that year, Commissioner McDownell stepped down from his highly influential post at the FCC before completing his second term term. This gives President Obama an opportunity to name a successor at a time when Senate confirmation is no longer an issue for him.
"Drunk in Love" is only the latest in a long series of moral missteps in America. If America continues to turn a deaf ear and blind eye to the degrading of our culture, we will pay the price at some point down the road. Before that happens, God fearing Americans must exercise their own sense of moral decency by changing the channel, walking out of the theater, keeping their wallets zipped and speaking out against those who would pollute our society with filth. Beyonce and Jay Z, you have God-given talent that could be put to better use. My one star rating is just so you could read this review and perhaps, consider a change of art.
And because they thought it was worthless to acknowledge God, God allowed their own immoral minds to control them. So they do these indecent things. Their lives are filled with all kinds of sexual sins, wickedness, and greed. They are mean. They are filled with envy, murder, quarreling, deceit, and viciousness. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, haughty, arrogant, and boastful. They think up new ways to be cruel. They don’t obey their parents, don’t have any sense, don’t keep promises, and don’t show love to their own families or mercy to others. Although they know God’s judgment that those who do such things deserve to die, they not only do these things but also approve of others who do them. Romans 1:28-32