Today's guest post comes to us from the heart of DC Tasha Rose. Please share your thoughts in the comments below:
On the one hand we have those such as the commentators on Fox news last night comparing Beyonce's lip-synching with fraud, and on the other, we have the Beyonce Stan’s (i.e. extreme, die-hard fans) defending her to the death. Somewhere in the middle we have those, such as me that don't really care, or who know a little something about performing and see how minor & common this little situation is as it pertains to performing in certain venues and temperatures. What amazes me is that today, with bigger issues and topics to talk about, that this is making news. I'm by no means surprised, because that is just the way things our society seems to operate. I even acknowledge that this existence of this column just proves that. But what I struggle to understand is why is this news? Oh that’s right, because our society is celebrity obsessed.
Now, before I begin, I have to confess that I am not someone that categorizes herself as a Beyonce fan. I like some of her music, but as I have learned over the years, there seem to be degrees of fan-dom as it applies to Beyonce. On one end of the spectrum you have those that don’t care for her or her music at all. These are the people you have saying she’s overrated and questioning why she was chosen to perform the national anthem for the inauguration in the first place. On the opposite end of the spectrum you have the self-described "Stan's" or Bey-hive, who run amuck on social media and online. Amidst this controversy, they have been quick to point out to anyone, as their main point of defense, that Beyonce is so much better than anyone else that her lip syncing, or doing anything else you don't like, doesn't matter. It seems that people, such as myself, that like some of her music but don’t really care about seeing her in concert or needing to know the latest gossip about her, don’t really have a place in this discussion. Instead the discussion about Beyonce seems to be primarily between two extreme factions which lead many of us with this one question: what is the big deal?
Additionally, the acoustics in large arenas such as stadiums, arenas, and the National Mall can make singing over a recording a common choice. True it was colder in 2009 when Aretha Franklin sang & she still performed live. True Kelly Clarkson and James Taylor sang live. But at the end of the day, circumstances affect people differently. Also, news reports say was not able to practice with the marine band live, which would have of course affected the performance. That being said, considering that everyone else performed live, does take away a little from Beyonce’s performance. But we all know she is a good performer, so again, what’s the big deal?
What do you think, should this be an issue?
What are your thougths?