Morgan’s views of the Beyoncé of old versus her present day version came as he took in the singer’s visual album “Lemonade,” which premiered on HBO Saturday and dropped the same day exclusively on Tidal.
“I never like it when entertainers go all political,” the British journalist and TV personality expressed when kicking off his critique as he referenced Queen Bey’s use of Malcolm X’s voice and the mothers of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown, who were featured in the “Lemonade” special. In Morgan’s eyes, Beyoncé’s boldness in bringing issues to light is not in line with the version of the entertainer he likes best.
“The less inflammatory, agitating one,” Morgan stated. “The one who didn’t use grieving mothers to shift records and further fill her already massively enriched purse. The one who didn’t play the race card so deliberately and to my mind, unnecessarily. The one who wanted to be judged on her stupendous talent not her skin color, and wanted us all to do the same.”
Morgan’s opposition to Beyoncé’s “Lemonade” comes on the heels of much speculation surrounding the album’s frequent highlighting of the theme of infidelity, which has resulted in renewed talk about longstanding cheating rumors surrounding Beyoncé and her husband Jay Z.
So much so that Rachel Roy, the woman rumored to be the one Jay Z has been cheating on Beyoncé with, caught the full wrath of the singer’s faithful fan base, the Beyhive. The group put their venom on Roy after seeing Beyoncé’s video to her song “Sorry.” In the video, the Destiny’s Child frontwoman sets it off by uttering the following line that had folks putting their attention on Roy:
“He better call Becky with the good hair.”