The great, wonderful Beyoncé wants you to know that she can be whatever she wants, whenever she wants. Sure, she's a musician—and, if you count 22 Grammys and 63 Grammy nominations, it's fair to say that she is considered good—although, who's to say how much she actually writes or performs, besides singing and occasionally rapping. But Beyoncé wants you to know that she is so much more.
Beyoncé can also be an academic. No Ph.D. or prior research needed. If she wants to be an academic—voila!—it is done. A few years ago—around the time that she appeared on an award show in gilded lingerie in front of a sign that said FEMINIST—Beyonce wrote an academic paper titled "Gender Equality is a Myth!" (Yes, she included an exclamation point! Gasp!) Note that Beyoncé happens to be one of the most privileged people on the face of the earth. Which brings me to my point.
One of the many roles that Beyoncé has awarded herself is political activist. She prances around the world spouting off nonsense like she's a professor of political science or a longtime politician. And, believe me, her opinions matter more than yours—to her, at least, all of which is part of the reason a recent poll determined Beyoncé the "Most Divisive Celebrity in the Country."
Actors and musicians have always done this weird thing where they interpret their fame to be a malleable, god-like expertise. Because people, in their minds, worship them for their abilities as an actor or musician they assume that they possess unlimited knowledge and that their opinions matter more than anyone else's. We are all quite familiar with it.
Leading up to the midterms, Comedy Central poked fun at this:
The justice, now, is that people have come to see through the cloud of smugness coming from celebrities. This week's elections proved that people are no longer swayed by celebrities' endorsements. Taylor Swift's fawning over Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen wasn't enough to win him the spot. The same thing happened to candidates endorsed by Dave Chappelle, Oprah Winfrey, Will Ferrell, Rhianna, Puff Daddy, and the scores of Hollywood elite who championed Beto—yeah, it was a bit odd that so many Hollywood actors were fawning over a candidate in a Texas election.
Conservative strategist Chris Barron told Fox News:
Last night, the American voters–once again—told Hollywood that they simply don't care what they think. All across the country, Hollywood darlings were rejected by the voters.
It's almost as if being a celebrity doesn't automatically instill you with the secrets of existence. I doubt the message will get through to celebrities, though. I'm sure you noticed: They tend to be a bit lacking in self-awareness and humility.