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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: ‘Beyoncé’s Feminism Is Not My Feminism’

Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi has never said much about her Beyonce sampling her “We should all be feminists” from her 2013’s self titled album, but she is finally opening up about it and let’s just say she’s not feeling how you think she should.

Chimamanda explained that the experience was less than flawless and people felt that she should be grateful for the plug:

“I was shocked about how many requests for an interview I received when that song was released. Literally every major newspaper in the world wanted to speak with me about Beyoncé. I felt such a resentment,” Adichie told the Dutch, laughing at that last line. Her resentment came from how people felt she should be grateful for the plug.”

Adichie went on to say:

“I found that disappointing. I thought: I am a writer and I have been for some time and I refuse to perform in this charade that is now apparently expected of me: ‘Thanks to Beyoncé, my life will never be the same again.’ That’s why it didn’t speak about it much.’”

Now Chimamanda admires Beyonce greatly and her standing up for feminism, but she sees a big difference between a celebrity’s meaning of feminism and hers..

“Still, her type of feminism is not mine, as it is the kind that, at the same time, gives quite a lot of space to the necessity of men. I think men are lovely, but I don’t think that women should relate everything they do to men: did he hurt me, do I forgive him, did he put a ring on my finger?” she says.
Since the self-titled album, Beyoncé has become more vocal in her music both as a feminist and an activist — a new perspective most strongly seen in her recent release, Lemonade.

Chimamanda wasn’t coming from a place of ‘saltiness’. She was just saying how their ‘brands’ of feminism are different. tis’ all.

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