It’s Not Beyoncé, It’s You

Despite what critics say, the superstar isn't the one shoving her pregnancy down our throats.

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As for Alicia Keys, she might not have talked about her pregnancy as much as other celeb moms. But let’s not forget the public-image problem Keys was battling concerning her husband, Swizz Beatz, who had an angry ex-wife leveling charges of infidelity against him and Keys, plus another woman seeking to establish paternity.

Regardless of why Keys didn’t get or seek out as much coverage about her pregnancy, in the end it’s every woman’s prerogative to decide how to react to this exciting time in her life. The notion of “A Mom-to-Be Who Knows Her Place” sounds anti-woman and painfully archaic. Who are any of us to tell someone how to feel about something — especially pregnancy? What is Beyoncé supposed to do, anyway? Hide in the house, barefoot and consuming large amounts of her favorite Popeye’s chicken?

Beyoncé is photographed every day of the week, no matter what she’s doing. Right now she just so happens to have a growing baby bump while being snapped by the paparazzi. More times than not, though, Beyoncé has been working to promote her latest album, 4, which was only released in June. Let mama-to-be make her money.

As for Latour’s professed affinity for France’s first lady, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, and her calling the arrival of her firstborn “banal” (and the French for apparently echoing that sentiment): So what? Bruni-Sarkozy isn’t the one netting comparisons to Michael Jackson. One of the most famous entertainers on Earth is pregnant, and shockingly, people are interested in that. According to Google, which auto-suggests the search term “Beyoncé enceinte,” that includes the French.

If one takes issue with too much public interest in a superstar’s uterus, direct those complaints where they belong. Beyoncé has avoided the traditional celebrity route of selling stories of her pregnancy to national publications. Beyoncé didn’t make up those stupid baby-bump rumors that spread across the media like wildfire. And since Beyoncé has thus far refused to share the sex of her child, explained how she got pregnant or pitched a reality show themed around her shopping for Enfamil, why fault her for a public fascination that’s beyond her control?

Critics of her pregnancy coverage would have you believe that she’s being self-indulgent. That’s a fun little fable, but in reality those critics aren’t paying close attention. Although Beyoncé’s baby bump might not be of biblical proportions to some, these complainers needn’t try playing the role of God by telling her — or any other woman, for that matter — how she should and should not react after learning she’s been blessed with the gift of life.  

Michael Arceneaux is a Houston-bred, Howard-educated writer currently based in Los Angeles. You can read more of his work on his site. Follow him on Twitter.

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