Queen B channels an anti-capitalist sentiment termed a “queer anthem” by fans
BY ELEANOR NOYCE, IMAGE VIA BEYONCÉ ON INSTAGRAM
A new Beyoncé track is always enough to send the LGBTQI community into overdrive. Releasing her latest, BREAK MY SOUL, last night, she surprisingly dropped the track hours earlier than fans had anticipated. Sampling 90s house classic Show Me Love by Robin S. alongside Explode by Big Freedia, queer people the world over have been screaming about this new queer AF banger.
Dropping the track as National Rail and Transport For London embark on its largest industrial action in 30 years, fans joked that Beyoncé was clearly pro-union in her lyricism. Singing “Now, I just fell in love, and I just quit my job / I’m gonna find new drive, damn, they work me so damn hard / Work by nine, then off past five / And they work my nerves, that’s why I cannot sleep at night”, Queen B is clearly channelling some anti-capitalist vibes, and we’re totally here for it. Karl Marx would be proud.
It comes as no surprise that fans have been gooped, gagged, wig out of space, etc. After Lizzo released similarly feel-good anthem About Damn Time in April 2022, singing “I’ve been so down and under pressure / I’m way too fine to be this stressed, yeah” with similarly anti-work, anti-stress vigour. Now, the biggest question is: will Queen B and Lizzo alike channel a new wave in the Great Resignation inspired by their pop prowess?
Beyoncé has been a staunch ally for her LGBTQI fans across the years. She’s made a huge effort to uplift queer artists, working alongside MNEK on Hold Up, collaborating with Frank Ocean on her track Superpower and his Pink + White, and featuring Big Freedia and Messy Mya on Formation. Incorporating same-sex couples into the shoot for the All Night music video, she uplifted LGBTQI voices in a song penned about love and loss. Similarly, she encouraged her fans to donate to GLSEN following Trump’s rollback of President Obama’s protections of trans students in schools, supporting the Y’All Means All campaign pushing to overturn North Carolina’s Bathroom Bill.
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