This little guy thought it’d be funny to scare people with a dead jellyfish at Tomales Bay Oyster Co.
Wow, who would have guessed that a 21st-century pop star would rely on enhanced production values during a live performance? I’m STUNNED, I tell you. Why, I read our profile of her this month in GQ and I thought to myself, “Now there’s a lady who totally isn’t obsessed with being in complete control of how she presents herself! The only reason she has a videographer film her seventeen hours a day is because she’s so chill in front of a camera!”
Beyoncé almost certainly sang the song live AND synched it to backing tracks. This is a woman who spends every performance trying to upstage HER OWN voice. If you’re outraged that she lip synched, you’re probably someone who already dislikes her and thinks she’s a cheap phony. If you’re angrily defending your precious Bey against all the haters out there, you’re probably one of my colleagues at Gawker who look for any excuse to lionize her. But no one could possibly be genuinely upset that she didn’t do the thing au naturel. That’s like bitching about the retouching in an issue of Playboy. Don’t be so naive. Turns out she WASN’T horny while filming that “Crazy in Love” video! I feel so used.
This sarcasm would be funnier if the author didn’t miss the point. Everyone knows magazine photos are retouched. Everyone knows that people in music videos are just acting. Everyone knows that live renditions of the Star Spangled Banner, especially at an event as big as the inauguration, are actually sung… LIVE. Yep. Except maybe this time.
I happen to like Beyonce. I think she has a great voice. I really don’t care if she lip-synced or not, but let’s not pretend like this wasn’t another sad defense of what she did. The truth is, she doesn’t need defending because she didn’t do anything wrong. Duh.
Steve McCurry is a genius.