An Open Letter to Beyonce

Subject: An Open Letter to Beyonce
Date: 28 Apr 2016

Dear Beyonce-

It’s been a few days since you took the world by storm with Lemonade, but it still lingers on my mind. It is such a deeply haunting, raw demonstration of creativity and self-expression. For me, it was very liberating. I almost felt like I was living vicariously through you. Infidelity is the elephant in the room for so many people. More people have dealt with it than we can imagine, men and women. It is such a painful, life-shattering experience and one that can easily feel like the end of the world. I can’t count how many times I’ve wanted to take a baseball bat to someone’s window. How many times I’ve wondered if it’s worse to look jealous or crazy or to be walked all over. I will admit there have been times when the thought of revenge has almost consumed me, but I’ve always prided myself on trying to keep it classy and being the better person. How I wish I could think of a creative way to let the side-chicks, especially the ones who know me, know that I know and that in the end I will still come out on top. I'm not as dumb as they look in the videos, pictures, and text messages that tell their pathetic stories. I am a firm believer in Karma. That belief is what holds me together when I want to fall apart.

I'm sure your life is surrounded by never-ending rumors and speculation. I’m also sure it’s not as perfect as some people think it is. I have my own opinions as to what inspired this work of art and it seems like everyone else does too. I don’t doubt that it was, at least, somewhat inspired by true events. If not, you are a hell of an actress too. When someone is the victim of infidelity, I think one of the biggest questions they ask is why. It makes you question your whole relationship, existence, and it can crush your self-esteem in a heartbeat. It’s so easy to assume that it happened because you weren’t good enough. We, especially women, are incredibly hard ourselves...and each other for that matter. It’s easy to drown in self-loathing once you have fallen into that dark abyss. Thank you for reminding me that nobody is immune to it, no matter who they are. For some reason, I find that a little comforting.

Regardless of how much of it is true, if any, you sent some very powerful messages to the world. I know many men are probably thinking it is just about male-bashing. I do hope that those men take the time to really listen and look beyond that. I am sure that there are men out there who can relate, even if they will never admit it. After all, women can be evil too. Just because men and women process things differently, it doesn’t mean we don’t often feel the same emotions

On the off chance that Lemonade is just a very creative work of art, I want to commend the Carters on a job well done. Either way, I am sure you are laughing all the way to the bank. Please continue to use your power and influence to speak for others who can’t seem to get their voices heard. It’s important to know that at least one person is on our side.