I was a bit shocked when I received an email from a friend citing an article by Roy Metoyer out of Atlanta regarding a recent interview by CNN’s Piers Morgan with Beyonce Knowles. During the interview, Morgan did the usual celebrity probing, which was to be expected. But surprisingly, he pressed her about the size of her booty, asking her if her booty is nicer than that of Jennifer Lopez.
Here is a slice of what Metoyer had to say on the matter:
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?
My thoughts on the matter? On one hand, you have to note the fact that Beyonce herself has bragged about her own body being “Bootylicious” in the past. So, if she’s the first to mention her booty as part of her brand, you can hardly blame Morgan for bringing up the conversation that Beyonce started.
All the while, one has to wonder if that kind of question would be posed to other women known for their backside, like Kim Kardashian. I didn’t see the interview she did with Morgan, but I can’t help but wonder if such a question would have been scratched beforehand by one of the producers.
To read Metoyer’s description of Beyonce’s reaction to the question, Morgan should have known to leave the issue alone. The last thing we need is yet another mainstream media outlet judging black women by the size of their butts (the artists on the BET Awards do enough of that already – oh, that’s right, BET and CNN are both owned by the same company). Given that CNN also made the peculiar decision to have Shaunie O’neal from Basketball Wives as their guest contributor on the issue of black female images in media, it’s hardly surprising that Morgan’s question went unnoticed by their execs.
By the way Piers….being on your show is not the biggest thing to happen to Beyonce this week, let alone her entire career. Do your homework before you go insulting one of the entertainment icons of our community.