(Left) Jay Z and Beyoncé perform on the On The Run Tour. (The Associated Press); (Right) The Honorable Louis Farrakhan on the set of TV One’s News One Now discussing the 20th Anniversary of the Million Man March on Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015 in Washington, D.C. (Rodney Choice / AP Images for TV One)
Minister Louis Farrakhan recently offered some advice to hip-hop mogul Jay-Z: Keep Beyoncé covered.
In a wide-ranging interview with HipHopSince1987.com earlier this month, the Nation of Islam leader spoke on a range of topics affecting Black America, including drugs, mass incarceration, police brutality and the impact of the media on Black communities.
Expanding on the latter point, Farrakhan said the way Black female entertainers are portrayed has a profound impact on African-American women and, thus, the Black community.
“The woman is everything in the way of building civilization,” he said. But, the manner in which Black female stars are objectified is, instead, bringing the community down, he added.
“Look at Rihanna, look at Nicki Minaj, look at Beyoncé: These are some of the most beautiful, well-formed women you could find,” he said. “Who wouldn’t want to be Rihanna? Who wouldn’t want to be with Nicky Minaj? These are talented women, but you strip them their bodies become the tools that is being used to promote the degradation of the woman and the subjugation of the man.
“How can a man think straight, looking at the beauty of Beyoncé?” Farrakhan continued, appealing to the powers-that-be, “Help us to be more sane. A man is made into a dog by the way a woman presents herself to a man. There ain’t no preacher out there that’s that holy that a woman can disrobe herself and a man can still think Bible, still think Quran. Hell no. He’s thinking woman. How do you rule a man? You rule him by the beauty of your body and the suggestion of sex….
“So when you strip a woman down, a man becomes a dog. You don’t make him a man; you make him to treat you like an object of sex rather than the creative genius that you are.”
The answer, he said, lies with hip hop leaders and executives such as Jay Z.
“You have to educate the managers. Jay Z is a good man. Jay Z is a good manager. But now, your woman is on display. Do you want men looking at your woman, being tempted by your woman, to make advances at your woman?” Farrakhan said.
The Muslim leader later took to Facebook to reinforce his message.
“To my brother Jay-Z: As much as I love and admire you, I want to see my sister, Beyonce, beautifully covered… You’re responsible,” he wrote.