Last Thursday (20.03.2014) I went to the Mrs. Carter Show in Antwerp, Belgium. I also went to the concert last year. A lot of people asked me: “Why are you going to the same show again?” A few reasons: great voice, great dancer, true entertainer, cool outfits, spectacular show and she has a message (and it was a different show with new songs). At the end of the concert I just felt empowered and full of energy. You will understand when you have visited a show of her. ;)
With songs like ‘Run the World’ and ‘Flawless’ and her entirely female band, Beyoncé shows her feminism. These are lyrics from Flawless which were projected on the screen:
“We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller
We say to girls: “You can have ambition, but not too much
You should aim to be successful, but not too successful
Otherwise, you will threaten the man
Because I am female, I am expected to aspire to marriage
I am expected to make my life choices always keeping in mind that marriage is most important
Now, marriage can be a source of joy and love and mutual support
But why do we teach girls to aspire to marriage and we don’t teach boys the same
We raise girls to see each other as competitors
Not for jobs or for accomplishments, which I think can be a good thing, but for the attention of men
We teach girls that they cannot be sexual beings in the way that boys are
Feminist: a person who believes in the social political, and economic equality of the sexes.”
Besides being a true entertainer, she is also a philanthropist. She supports different organizations and has set up ‘#BeyGOOD’. #BeyGOOD is working with partners to make a difference in the lives of others. During the Mrs. Carter Show World Tour, fans were asked to bring donations to each venue, so they would become eligible for a seat upgrade.
She inspires me because she is not only an entertainer, but also a businesswoman, mother and wife at the same time. She is doing what she loves, motivates others and fights for causes like gender equality. And she knows that she is a role model. While other celebrities can’t wait to visit a coffeeshop once they have arrived in Amsterdam, Beyoncé chose to visit the Anne Frank House (museum) before she hit the stage.
Finally, to the people who asked me which show was better, 2013 or 2014: I can’t choose because both shows were truly spectacular. And yes this year was a different show where she performed a lot of songs from her latest Visual album and here voice was Flawless. However The Mrs. Carter Show 2013 in Antwerp will always be special to me because she was ill the day before and had to cancel that show. When she talked about it at our show she got teary eyes, you could feel that true emotion. It made us feel a bit closer to her and it showed that she is, like everyone else, just a human.
Song of the Day: Halo – Beyoncé (Sportpaleis Antwerp, 20.03.2014)
Beyoncé apologizes for canceled show (Sportpaleis, Antwerp)