I’m not sure if I’ve ever had a better example of a person putting her proverbial foot in her mouth than when I posted about Beyonce yesterday. It’s hilarious, except not.
Apparently, there is a big controversy surrounding Beyonce right now. It has something to do with her Superbowl performance. I had absolutely no idea about this. I’m serious: I had zero knowledge that Beyonce is all over the news and that indeed, that her team of lawyers is extremely busy right now. Perhaps you don’t believe it. Perhaps you think, “What are the odds? How could it be that you wrote about Beyonce and litigation and not know that at this very hour, there are angry mobs calling for her head?”
I didn’t know because I don’t have a television and I don’t watch the news. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a Superbowl in my life. It’s fine if such broadcasts are your thing; it’s just not mine. I watch stuff on my computer when I sew (I like Hoarders) but as for network news, televised events like the Grammys or basketball championships, it’s dark around here. And I don’t read the newspaper much, either. Irresponsible? Idiotic? Maybe, though there’s a good argument that the more you watch the news, the less you know. Outside of ensuring you have enough information to make an informed choice when you go to vote, it’s been my experience that you don’t need to watch the news all that much to know what’s going on in the world. You just have to pay attention, talk to people, and keep your eyes and ears open.
Today, I wonder if this is the correct approach. To anyone who was horrified that I would support Beyonce after a ruinous concert, I assure you, I didn’t know a thing about it. Coincidences are weird. And hey, I might still support Beyonce after a ruinous concert — if there can be such a thing — but you know what? I’ll never know! Because even after I saw folks upset about the post, I still haven’t googled anything about Beyonce’s cultural dust up. I don’t want to know and I don’t have to. I assure you, in one week, Beyonce will slip from the front page and go back to the celebrity page. Sometimes, I can’t even tell the difference.
p.s. A friend said I should link to this.