General Article Beyonce’s ‘bootylicious’ sexualisation of black women isn’t inspiring – and her politics leave a lot

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The Black Panthers were a Marxist revolutionary organisation who believed capitalism would always oppress black communities. They would have balked at their image being used at the Super Bowl.

By Kehinde Andrews 

For days now there has been praise (and condemnation) pouring out for Beyonce’s Super Bowl half-time show performance and her boldness in making statements on race on such a mainstream stage.

After all, it is rare to see Black Power salutes and artists singing how they love their ‘negro nose’ on such a platform. However, I have to confess that I watched the half-time show and almost missed the political stance entirely, wrapped as it was in the “bootylicious” over-sexualisation of black women that we have come to expect from Beyonce.

Never before has so much been made over a one-and-a-half-minute performance, with everyone so quick to embrace a performance that was the epitome of style over substance.  

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