Amid the glut of thinkpieces bordering Beyonc‘s massively viral album-event Lemonade essaysthat pick apart her imagery and lyricals, chiefly “Becky with the good “hairs-breadth”, ” which may be a cryptic reference to her husband Jay Z‘s paramourwhite people are still struggling to understandwhat’s going on. And talking about it even if they don’t.
Glamour magazine’s U.K. imprint, for example, tried to capitalize on the Becky mystery with this … well, I hesitate to call it an essay, really.
What follows is a moderately random smorgasbord of GIFs somehow related to mane, perhaps “the worlds largest” disastrous of which outlines a young Justin Bieber inappropriately stroking jazz artist Esperanza Spalding’s poofy curls.
Perhaps nothing else are presented in Lemonade ‘s wake so hilariously misses the context and deeper meaning of its most personal shovel. “Good hair, ” as a simple Urban Dictionary examine would have exposed, is a loaded word in the African-American community, normally applicable in respect of black people whose mane is closer in composition and figure to white people’s mane. The word has little real, if anything, to do with two grey British pattern publication staffers.
And Twitter made them listen as much.
Meanwhile, even USA Today picked up on the facts of the case that “Becky” is more an epithet than a direct call-out, marking artistic usage of the reputation back to William Makepeace Thackeray’s 1847 romance Vanity Fair , which plots the social climbing of a Becky Sharp, up through the “white, quite basic, and mildly racist” Becky( and acquaintance) of Sir-Mix-a-Lot’s “Baby Got Back.”
Glamour hurriedly deleted its tweet strengthen the pieceand, eventually, the article itself. The periodical likewise half-apologized for being bad and dumb.
That didn’t exactly aid, however.
Doesn’t seem like there’s much hope for the periodical, but we’re approximating the Beckys can go by “Rebecca” until this whole act blows over.