It’s apparently not enough in this age of exaggerated criticism and trolling to just like or dislike a piece of music. Oh no it’s got to be seen as pushing the wrong message or being too commercial or any thing but right according to someone to whom we should listen.
After Lady Gaga’s tribute to David Bowie at the Grammy’s, boy did she cop it. It was too fast according to some, too ‘Gaga’ according to Bowie’s son to whom we can give a free pass because it’s his Dad. But the way the media splashed his criticism everywhere was an obvious reach for circulation by controversy, not an attempt at serious commentary.
One of the biggest delights of the performance was the way technology, fashion and music, (the classic Bowie triumverate) was used together in an innovative way. But of course she copped criticism for being upfront about her collaboration with Intel. They are the company she worked with toa chieve the special effects.
Some said she was commercializing what was meant to be a solemn tribute, completely missing the point that this form of experimentation was Bowie to the core.
And over the weekend the Anti-Beyonce posse were due to turn up for a big demo protesting her alledgedly strong Black partisanship in her performance of ‘Formation” at the Super Bowl. You would have thought there were hordes of these Anti-Beyonce haters from the way it was covered in the media.
But guess what, a whole 3 Beyonce haters turned up to met by a very large group of Beyonce lovers. And one of those haters, a lady, thought Beyonce had dissed the police, but when told no that wasn’t the case her Beyonce hating went a bit wobbly. The 2 guy haters stayed firm continuing to hate her because they wanted to, which is fine but obviously not exactly a ground swell of anti-Beyonce sentiment.
Here’s a secret, there’s not a decent bit of music out there that doesn’t reflect the message of its composer, performer or creator. So get used to it haters and trolls. Attack the message if you don’t agree with it but attacking the artist just shows you want the whole world to reflect nothing but your truth.