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VIDEO BUZZ: Outraged Christian Moms Say NO to Beyonce "Let's Move" (VIDEO)

 

Christian moms are unhappy about the Michelle Obama-endorsed Let's Move exercise video featuring Pop singer, Beyoncé, sporting hot pants, an off-the-shoulder shirt, a pair of Christian Louboutin Popi Lace-up ankle Boots and green knee-highs. Is the booty-shaking singer doing too much for the kids? And should Christian moms be concerned?


EEW Magazine readers flooded our editors' inboxes with disapproving emails when news first hit that First Lady Michelle Obama teamed up with Pop singer, Beyoncé for the "Let's Move! Flash Workout" campaign. Before the video ever came out, the idea alone sent some moms into hysterics. The Pop/R&B singer has re-worked her "Get Me Bodied" track which was featured on her 2006 sophomore album B-Day. The track is now called "Move Your Body" and is the soundtrack for the campaign and video.

 

The music vid has finally arrived on the scene, featuring Beyonce' with a toned down, yet sexy, look.  Want to hear two words to describe how EEW moms are feeling? NOT HAPPY.


Many Christian moms condemned the decision, before ever watching the video, calling it irresponsible and inappropriate. Not all moms were going nuts initially, however.

 

Mia Richardson wrote:


I tried to keep my opinion to myself but I was reminded of something my Bishop stated in Church one Sunday.  We as believers need to remember that our President did not run for Savior of the world.  On that note I must say that we need to keep in mind that Our First Lady represents the United States as a whole  not just Christians.  Her position is to support all Americans and despite our beliefs the world loves Beyonce'!  If this collaboration will assist in decreasing childhood obesity I say go for it!  We don't have to expose our children to the promotion but somebody else's child might be motivated by the movement. When I think back BC (Before Christ) I was often motivated by 'so called' secular songs and artists!  Let's give First Lady a break she's just doing her job.  Not as First Lady of the Church but of all Americans.


Despite the open-mindedness of some, once the official video was released to the public, the "outraged" moms sounded off again (We're still opening up emails!).

 

Angel Harris from Minnesota said:

 

"I tried to give this the benefit of the doubt, but when I saw Beyoncé in hot pants, an off-the-shoulder shirt, and some of those hip-thrusting movements, I was NOT HAPPY! And I am not ashamed to say that I think this is irresponsible and I'm outraged. You better believe my kids will NOT be turned into a Beyoncé disciple. Her moral standards aren't high enough for me. And do you ever pay any attention to the language that girl uses in some of her songs? She AND her husband need JESUS! And since I have him in my heart, I feel him telling me not to get caught up and don't get my kids caught up either! Call me a prude and holier than thou, but as for me and MY HOUSE we will serve the Lord!"

  

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The road to hell is paved with good intentions. I think this is unhealthy for the kids. Sorry.

May 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

In the greater context of what angry mothers are saying I could see the issue. I am all for choosing spiritual health as well as physical health. This video paves the path to one and not the other if you get my drift. @Karen, that's one of my favorite quotes!

May 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJulian

Just seeing this. I know our kids need to get healthier. I agree with First Lady Obama on that, but the how has to be left up to the parent and their comfort level. If you're not comfortable with Beyonce that is completely understandable. I think a lot of moms feel that way. I know I do. I have young girls so I want to protec their innocence for as long as I can. But hey that's me. Not everyone is like that.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTracea

I am one of the mothers who emailed EEW so thank you for addressing this. I was deeply disturbed and I'm not ashamed. There is something wrong when we get desensitized to the oversexualization of our children. Beyonce is not for the kids no matter how they try to market her as wholesome. As Christian mothers we need to be more cautious about what we allow our children to take in!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKelly Walsh

I emailed too!!! I didn't get my comment featured but at least the issues are being raised. I think when somebody is as popular as Beyonce and as prestigious as our First Lady it can feel easy to turn a blind eye to the stuff we don't agree with. I think Beyonce is not for the kids even though the Michelle Obama is on record as being a fan of hers. We have to keep our wits about us and remember to protect our kids.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDelicia

I can understand how both parties feel. I understand that it was created with good intentions, and First Lady Michelle Obama has attempted to partner with one of the most beloved artist of this generation... kids love her, and futhermore had First lady not taken a stand on obesity she'd be ridiculed. HOWEVER... Beyonce and the directors of this video know that this is for a greater cause. Her way of giving back. If in your mind you know that you can reach millions, you are an R&B pop icon that means you are a trendsetter. Choosing a better selection of clothing would have been nice. Let's be realistic no one exercises in heels, or crotch pants. The off the shoulder sweater shirt is hip hop dance wear however what ever Beyonce put on children all over the world would run to the stores to purchase. Why not sweat pants, leggings or athletic wear? I didn't see the thrusting of the pelvis as some moms commented but if indeed there was that needed to be toned down as well. The idea is to get the children active and exercise without realizing the same dances they do can very well be exersise. It was a great attempt however it is not something that can't be corrected. To the directors and artist there is a time and place for everything. This was not the platform to sell sex. To First Lady Obama I take my hat off to you for stepping up with purpose, just be very very careful of your target market and how they will respond. From one mom to another.

May 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMalikah

@Malikah I agree with everything you said. Very true! One thing I would like to add is that, as Christian moms, we are not in the majority. There is a different worldview that many others take. So we have to be careful to protect our children. Train them. And then believe God to help them make good decisions as they grow older. I, personally, feel like the outfit could have been more tasteful too. So I see how moms could be a little bothered by that.

I'm glad we're having this discussion.

May 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTarilyn

@Malikah yes, you are right. Beyonce is a trendsetter for sure. That is what is so scary to me in a way. She is beautiful and talented and its hard for a young girl not to be caught up in all that. Her influence over kids is extraordinary, but she is a VERY adult entertainer. Some of her songs are very sexually charged so moms have to be careful.

May 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

Cringe worthy? I don't know. But over the top with the hot pants and heels? Definitely. I'm a 2nd grade teacher and to see the influence that Beyonce has is unbelievable. These kids know all her songs and they know Lil Wayne, Jay Z, Drake, Rihanna, and on and on. I think protecting our kids' innocence is a personal responsibility. A lot of parents don't do that though because they are into these artists themselves.

May 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCatherine

I wrote in!! So thank you EEW for bringing this topic up on the blog. I am one of the "outraged" parents and I know my email was probably a lil' extra! lol Hope you guys don't think I'm some sort of raving lunatic, but First Lady Michelle Obama needs to think about her level of influence as well. When she publicly endorses Beyonce and says that she is a role model, that gives her

May 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnika

*more influence (oops)

May 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnika

I agree with the what Mia Richardson wrote. Beyonce and the First Lady are not ambassadors for the christian faith no matter how much they're in the lime light or how often they attend church or how how often they may mention Jesus in their lyrics and speeches.

Christians or disciples of Christ need to relax. Throughout Deutoronomy and Proverbs the Lord clearly makes it clear that the instruction and child rearing of the child is ON THE PARENT. Yes, we are in this world but we don't have to be of this world. "Start children off on the way they should go,
and even when they are old they will not turn from it." Pr.22:6

God never promised anything in this life would be easy, but we (Christians) need to stop focusing on how the lost (the world) are behaving and focus on our conduct, walk with God and being example for our kids and maybe just maybe this will have impact on the world. But until then, Moms relax and refocus.

Besides, there are plenty of things we can learn from Beyonce and the First Lady (ex. educated, smart buisness minded, married before they started procreating! And of course, in shape). The last time I checked, there are quite of few women of the faith who could stand to lose a few pounds and be healthier.

I love my sisters in the faith, So please, let's stop spreading the hate and negativity.

May 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDana Phillips

I was reading the comments here and I agree with a lot of what Dana said. But I think that was a slightly unfair jab about the weight of the women in the church. Although Beyonce didn't get pregnant before marriage, she certainly was having relations with Mr. Jay-Z, which is NOT a message we want to perpetuate. I also don't want my daughters aspiring to marry a filthy mouth rapper who calls women b*tches, worships money, and doesn't embrace Christian virtues.

I absolutely agree that it is the parents' responsibility to teach our kids. Amen to that!

May 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDenise

I think that it is important to always be on guard about what we allow into our environment through pop culture. It is up to us as parents to protect the ear gate, eye gate, and gates to our children's hearts, so they are not led astray and deceived.

May 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMichella

From a male perspective this video is on point! LOL! But seriously, when I see this I realize it is not targeted only toward fitness. Mrs. Knowles-Carter is fully aware of what she is doing. And those short shorts and heels are not selling health and fitness. She's selling sex appeal ladies and gentleman. The public has to be smart enough to see through this. I know when I get married, if I have daughters they will not be raised to look up to pop stars.

May 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDarien

I am MAD. But first of all HOW can we JUDGE her and ppl pick and choose which scriptures we want to obey. We know what the bible says about certain things but our opinions seem to get 'cloudly; on what we pick an choose to obey. Beyonce along when ANY of the suggestive movements and revealing clothing we laud is selling one thing. SEX. Her songs are talking about SEX. The 'lets move' she's selling is not about health it is about SEX. And harlotry(the whole stripper thing) bottom line. Her who steelo is about sex(not necessarily speaking of marriage) so the clothes the movements all of it needs to be thrown out. You can't pick and choose what you want. Dress it up, anyway you want, this is not the type of women God wants us to emulate. Michelle Obama is led astray as well. sorry. YOU have to be able to discern, regardless of someone's color. The word says to avoid the appearances of evil PERIOD. She is leading the girls into a life of HARLOTRY, but she is married which is more than those children behind her may be able to do.

May 3, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermeme

this is NOT new, the only reason it is to many, is because she is talented and black. But if Bey was in a club or some other seedy place, God would still refer to this type of behavior as one step away from prostitution. But I am not to JUDGE her, because I have my own issues and heart attitudes to deal with. The key is to find out WHY we are drawn to this type of behavior and change so we can be like the women in the word not the world.

May 3, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermeme

I agree with meme. This is a cut and dry issue. Beyonce should not be embraced as a woman representing Christian values. Bravo to meme for stepping up!

May 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTylesha

I must reject anything that doesn't glorify God. Even though Beyonce may be a talented black woman, she is not living the right lifestyle for me to sit my 9 year old daughter in front of her. No, sorry.

May 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

EEW, I didn't write into your women's magazine or anything although I do read it. But I commend you for listening to the heart and sentiments of your readers because I think they have a valid point. We have become so oversexed as a culture and society doesn't even notice that it could potentially hurt our kids. Young girls are getting pregnant younger and younger. It's no wonder this is happening. They idolize pop stars who sell SEX. We've gotta stop letting our babies and young teens be exposed to the likes of Beyonce, Ciara, Rihanna and all the others. It's no good for them.

May 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEugene

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