I need to update this post, because I have been reading up the controversy surrounding this video, so I need to somewhat retract my previous statement.
First off, let me start by saying that she, once again, stole parts of this video from a documentary titled, “That B.E.A.T”, in which the original creators did not give her permission to use. There is nothing new there, with Beyonce comes “borrowing”. I understand everyone does it, but the difference is, there was not even one mention of credit given.
Focusing on the song, it is fire. Beyonce knows how to cater to her audience and she does a damn good job at it. This is the anthem that was missing from Rihanna’s latest efforts. The lyrics are empowering, and all about being the best you and all that fun stuff.
However the video doesn’t really follow any of that. I kind of get where she went with it, but she tried to add all this controversy in the video, but the lyrics are not very controversial, at all. Images of sinking police cars and the little boy dancing infront of the police squad while the camera pans over the “stop shooting us”. These images don’t quite follow along with the lyrics, “If he f*ck me good I take him to red lobster”. I could be wrong, and I might just be missing something, but it just doesn’t make sense to me.
All of that being said, take each thing separately and she has created some serious magic. Put them together, and you kind of just have a confusing mess.
Correct me if I’m wrong, please!