Sometimes, in the heat of ‘stan debate’ and sales scrutiny, it’s easy to forget that the artists we support are in fact key global figures, with real impact on the world we live in.
From Rihanna‘s controversial ‘Man Down’ video to GaGa‘s ‘shameless’ stance on fame culture, recent years have seen sociologists dig deep to discover just how celebrities are shaping contemporary views and perceptions.
Now find out why one University is dedicating an entire course to ‘Single Ladies‘ maestra Beyonce, below…
Analyzing the star’s impact on gender studies, music and Western culture, ‘Politicizing Beyonce’ is now available to be taught at Rutgers University, New Jersey.
As part of the establishment’s Department Of Women and Gender Studies, the course is ran by a Kevin Allred, an admitted fan of the entertainer, whose work has been aligned with fourth wave feminism for some time.
This isn’t a course about Beyoncé’s political engagement or how many times she performed during President Obama’s inauguration weekend.
She certainly pushes boundaries. While other artists are simply releasing music, she’s creating a grand narrative around her life, her career, and her persona.
Though her brand of feminism may have Louise Weiss and co spinning in their graves, Beyonce’s public image is indeed worthy of in depth study, considering the interest her race, music and business practices have garnered since her debut.