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Annie Lennox Calls Beyoncé’s Use of Feminism ‘Tokenistic’

Annie Lennox Calls Beyoncé’s Use of Feminism ‘Tokenistic’


Scottish singer Annie Lennox has accused pop star Beyoncé of using feminism as a means of self-promotion.

Beyoncé publicly declared her stance by flashing the word ‘feminist’ up in lights during her performance at the MTV Video Music Awards in August.

However, former Eurythmics star Lennox is adamant Beyoncé is simply using pro-women rhetoric to further her career.

She tells, “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 see a lot of it as them (stars like Beyonce) 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 think it’s a cheap shot. I think what they do with it is cheap and… What can I tell you? Sex always sells.”

Beyhive members, tell us how you feel about Annie’s comments regarding Beyoncé being a fake feminist in the comments below!

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Jasmine Alyce Jasmine is the Associate Editor/Reporter for FanBolt. She’s been obsessed with pop culture and entertainment news since the olden days of MTV’s ‘TRL’ and graduated in 2009 with her BA in Journalism. She’s a huge horror and sci-fi/fantasy fan and her favorite shows include: American Horror Story, Game of Thrones, Pretty Little Liars, Doctor Who, Bates Motel, Once Upon A Time and Scandal, to name a few.


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