I don’t normally watch Piers Morgan on CNN, but he was advertising a Monday night interview with Beyoncé, who is back on the scene after taking a year off to rest.
But during the interview, I was flabbergasted when this moron asked her a question about her “booty”!
I think TV viewers should rise up and make some righteous noise against this kind of “journalism.” But I’m getting ahead of myself, so let me backtrack.
I remember the first time that I saw Beyoncé live on stage, during a performance at a convention in Las Vegas. Destiny’s Child was the opening act for Smokey Robinson, and I have to admit that I was only going to see my man Smokey.
But those three young ladies exploded on the stage with a combination of energy, talent and beauty that was incredible. They performed like old school entertainers; you know, people who can actually sing.
She made a believer out of me, because she couldn’t fake that kind of talent, sincerity and graciousness during a live show. I was proud of her skills as a young entertainer and I could only imagine the joy she brought her parents.
Since then, Beyonce has won 16 Grammys, started an acting career and launched a successful fashion line. All of this, at the ripe old age of 29.
During this well-advertised interview, Piers Morgan continued to interrupt her as she patiently answered questions. It was like he thought everyone was tuning in to listen to him ask questions, instead of her answers.
Some of his queries were interesting, but most were self-serving and just plain dumb.
For instance he even goaded her into saying that one of the best moments of her life was happening at that moment, as she was being interviewed by him. Huh!? Then he decided to see just how low he could go as they took a special ride in a limo, on their way to a store in London, to buy her latest CD.
“Tell me Beyoncé, how would you compare your “booty” to J-Lo’s (Jennifer Lopez).”
To Beyonce’s credit she was classy as she artfully dodged the question.
“You’re so crazy”, she said with a smile. “I love J-Lo and I’m not going to compare myself to her. She’s great”!
“But who’s got the best “booty”? He pressed again, while his crew showed a picture of Jennifer Lopez, focusing on her derriere.
“I’m not doing that, I don’t know… okay she does”, said Beyoncé as she laughed and looked out the window.
What was the point of that question? I don’t see racism under every rock, but at the very least it was sexism. Yet I wonder, if this white man would have asked Lady Gaga to compare her breasts to Madonna’s?
Did he feel he could ask this outrageous question of Beyoncé because she’s a young black woman? I couldn’t help but have a flashback to a time when black women on plantations were at the sexual whim of every white man within close radius.
How could any CNN supervisor approve a line of questioning that is so disrespectful to a major star?
This isn't the kind of programming that we can allow to creep into the offerings of a “respected” news network. If we allow Piers Morgan to get away with this, we allow the bar to fall too low. If he can ask a question like that of a 16 time Grammy award winner and successful businesswoman, what would he say to your daughter?
Beyoncé remained a class act throughout the program and wouldn’t allow her reputation to be muddied by a jerk who‘s trying to make a name for himself and boost the ratings for his pathetic little show.
We need to call in and write-in to demand that they pull the plug on his show—unless he apologizes and admits he was wrong and that what he did will never be acceptable!
If we don’t stand up and demand respect for black women, who will?