10/1/2014 8:30 AM PDT
Beyonce needs to lay off the bikini photos for a bit-- because she's not doing herself ... or those crying "Photoshop!" ... any favors.
We get it, Bey -- you look awesome in a bikini. But there's been some pretty telling suggestions that you've been rather heavy-handed in editing those bikini pics over the last year or so, and God even knows why. You're just fine the way you are. If this is your way of trying to make amends for all of the digital silliness, fine -- but be done with it. You're hot with or without actual clothes on, and altering your own photos before posting them to your personal sites only makes you look vapid and ungrateful.
We don't see any evidence of Photoshop in this picture -- and that's progress -- but now's the time to be done, OK? Go on another vacation or something if you're so insistent to be killing us with this onslaught of perfection, but leave the PS at home.
9/29/2014 1:30 PM PDT
Annie Lennox is a legend, she's even a few steps beyond a legend, really, and when she talks, we would all do good to listen. Especially when she talks about important topics like feminism, and especially when she calls out people like Beyonce. Ready?
She starts off talking about feminism in general:
"I did one event in particular called (Barclays) Women of the Year and they select certain people for certain kinds of recognition, and I was given an award not so long ago. I was so touched to have this award. I felt like I'm with a certain kind of camaraderie here and we're all together in this room - 400 women from all walks of life - and I said at the podium, 'I'm proud to be a feminist; let's everybody stand up.' Half of the room stayed seated. It was such a hard moment for me because I realized that some women, many women, still have issues with the word and almost distance themselves from it because they're afraid it's synonymous with hating men."
And then she was asked about Beyonce calling herself a feminist in a big way at this year's VMAs:
"I would call that 'feminist lite.' L-I-T-E. I'm sorry. It's tokenistic to me. I mean, I think she's a phenomenal artist - I just love her performances - but I'd like to sit down (with her). I think I'd like to sit down with quite a few artists and talk to them. I'd like to listen to them; I'd like to hear what they truly think. I see a lot of it as them taking the word hostage and using it to promote themselves, but I don't think they necessarily represent wholeheartedly the depths of feminism - no, I don't. I think for many it's very convenient and it looks great and it looks radical, but I have some issues with it. I have issues with it. Of course I do. I think it's a cheap shot. I think what they do with it is cheap and ... yeah. What can I tell you? Sex always sell. And there's nothing wrong with sex selling, but it depends on your audience. If they're 7-year-old kids, I have issues with it."
And guys, she does have a point here. Although it's definitely nice that such popular pop stars like Beyonce are finally willing to call themselves feminists, it would be even nicer if they actually worked to promote feminism instead of just lighting it up on a backdrop at an awards show or tossing out the word in an interview. If Beyonce really is a feminist, maybe she could take that time she uses to Photoshop her Instagram photos and instead, you know, support the cause.
Leave it to Annie Lennox to drop such beautiful, relevant wisdom, huh?
9/29/2014 6:30 AM PDT
Beyonce pulled a surprise performance as yesterday's Global Citizen Festival in Central Park, but she wasn't the only one who made a surprise appearance -- as you can see, Bey's boo-bey's also showed up, as the performer's exuberant moves jostled them right out of their obviously-inappropriate-for-calisthenics shirt.
Thanks, Bey! We needed another great reason to smile on this fine Monday morning!
9/23/2014 4:00 AM PDT
So here's Beyonce, showing off even more of her super intimate moments during her and Jay-Z's "On the Run" tour ... moments that she's insinuated she'd always keep private (until such time that it became necessary to convince the public that her life is as perfect as it seems, anyway) and this time, she went for the jugular: she showed off a picture of her naked Blue Ivy baby bump -- her unclothed, "un-Photoshopped" baby bump -- which a happy-looking Jay-Z cradles.
The lady doth protest too much, methinks. ... That, and what is even with this pic?
Check it out for yourselves, and see if you get the same ... ah, vibe as we do.
9/16/2014 12:00 PM PDT
Get ready to hang your head in shame, annoyance, and a number of other bad things, because Beyonce and Jay Z just released "Bang Bang," the first part of a short film they made for some reason or another. It's pointless, idiotic, and disappointing, but what else did you expect?
If this looks familiar to you, it's because Bey and Jay have shown bits of this film during their "On the Run" tour, and if this, for some bizarre reason, appeals to you, the whole thing will debut at a New York gallery this Friday. That's a little more information about this video, but there's no information available to answer the most prevalent question surrounding it: why?!
Why do Beyonce and Jay Z have to make short films about guns and crime and other such ridiculousness? Does anybody honestly care? If they went through the effort of making this film, why not just do something people care about and make more music? Are there actually people that do care about this? Do they think that highly of themselves that they believe they can do anything at all and people will worship it? What's next, a short film of Beyonce brushing her teeth? Seriously though, why not just make some music instead of waving around guns and promoting crime in an "artsy," "cool" way? WHY?
Sadly, friends, we'll never get most of these questions answered. We'll just have to be subjected to whatever these two want to throw at us, just so they can keep being mindlessly loved and adored. What a fate, huh?
9/8/2014 3:00 AM PDT
Beyonce Knowles turned 33 years old over the last few days ... and this photo -- which looks completely unretouched; a thing that we're not used to from celebrities' personal pictures as of late -- looks ... well, it definitely looks pretty unedited.
Needless to say, the picture is nothing short of amazing ... and even bent in what would be an extremely unflattering position for some people, she looks ... well, go ahead and see for yourself.
Happy Bey-day, Beyonce, if we haven't already said so a thousand times.
9/5/2014 8:00 AM PDT
This video that Jay Z made in celebration of his wife Beyonce's 33rd birthday is pretty sweet -- it features a montage of photos featuring Beyonce, of course, and then at the end, Jay gives his own special shout out to the birthday girl.
Ahh. Young love.