Does Kerry Washington think Beyonce is a terrible role model to young women?

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I’ve read my fair share of Kerry Washington interviews, and my take on Kerry is that she is a thoughtful, educated, interesting, modest, cool woman. She doesn’t seem like she tolerates fools for very long, but she’s not nasty about it either. Like, she’s not mean. You never hear her directly throwing shade, nor are there secondary sources coming out to throw shade on her behalf. She seems like she strives to get along with people, to be nice and professional, and to lead by example. So that’s why I’m not sure about this story – while I don’t doubt that Kerry might feel this way about Beyonce, I don’t think she’d share those feelings with anyone who would run to “Dish Nation” to talk about it.

Here’s a “Scandal” Beyonce surely won’t appreciate—Emmy nominated TV star Kerry Washington has privately ripped the singer for not doing enough to empower young African American girls. The 37-year-old star of the hit ABC show, who’s a political activist and outspoken feminist, “hates how Beyonce relies on her body and sexual innuendo to sell records,” an insider told Dish Nation.

“Kerry thinks Beyonce should spend less time shaking her booty and more time pushing other agendas, like the value of education and healthy eating, as well as promoting book reading.”

New mom Kerry expressed her views about the Grammy winning “Drunk in Love” singer after Lily Tomlin recently responded to a question about whether she thinks Beyonce is a feminist by saying, “She is a pretty popular woman and she’s married to a very powerful man, but she’s still selling sex to teenyboppers.”

Says the source, “Kerry wholeheartedly agrees with Lily. She also thinks the way Beyonce is reveling in rumors about her private life is, at best, cheesy, and, at worst, dangerous.”

Beyonce hasn’t denied rampant rumors that her husband Jay Z cheated on her, but rather, she’s used the gossip for self-promotion, posting family shots on her Instagram account and swapping lyrics during concerts that only serve to fan the flames.

Adds the source, “To Kerry, it seems like Beyonce is sending a message to young women that standing by your man, even if he cheats on you, is perfectly acceptable. While Kerry’s peers, like Beyonce, exploit themselves for career advancement, she’s happy to keep her private life under wraps and let her talent do the talking. Kerry wishes Beyonce would do the same.”

[From Dish Nation]

To be fair to Beyonce, many young women get the “stand by your man no matter what” message from many other outlets besides Beyonce. I mean, the Democratic Party is probably going to nominate a woman who carried that “stand by your man” message throughout her political career. Same with the whole “sex sells” thing – if anything, I prefer Beyonce’s “sexy within an adult marriage of equals” thing as opposed to Britney Spears circa 2000 (virginal Lolita) or Katy Perry today (infantile, stunted sexuality with cupcake boobs for children).

So yeah… do you think Kerry really feels this way? And if she does feel this way, would she say anything about it to anyone?

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  1. Farah says:

    I don’t think this is true. You know whose a bad role model of young women, Olivia Pope, romantic leading lady. Kerry has done so much for women of color in leading roles with Scandal, but I wish they would take Liv out of Fitz orbit. She always turns into a pathetic mess.

    • lisa2 says:

      I don’t watch the show. but it is so funny how women love her character and dismiss the cheating. Calling the two of them so romantic. And if this was real life she would be a home wrecking wh@re. But they hold the character up as a heroine. Interesting how that works.

      I doubt she said anything about Beyonce. This whole story seems very random. They are both involved in the political circle involving the President. That would be a different angle. But this story no.

      • Farah says:

        It’s not the cheating. I coudn’t care less about that. That relationship was ruined before Liv got there. Its just Olivia is this strong and powerful woman who turns into mess around him. Regardless of the fact he treats her like crap.

      • lisa2 says:

        this reminds me of why I hated the relationship of Carrie and Big on Sex and The City. I never saw the show when it aired.. I watched it in Reruns.. That relationship was the worse and I never got why anyone thought they were romantic or a good fit.

      • Virgilia Coriolanus says:

        I think Tony Goldwyn is HOT as Fitz–but Fitz is SUCH a whiny baby. Dude, you’re FIFTY. Shut up and do something about your complaints.

        I absolutely hated the way season 3 ended….I hate the whole B613 storyline, etc. But I still like the show.

        I’m hoping that they’ll progress Fitz’s character in this coming season. Like I like how in the first season, it was all Fitz and Liv in love–they were good, Mellie was bad….and then in the second season it was completely switched around…..and then in the third season it’s kind of an even ground between Mellie and Liv, and Fitz is the bad guy–because he’s *still* whining about his dadddy, etc.

        Nobody wants to hear that for too much longer, Fitz.

        But Lord, Tony Goldwyn has swagger as Fitz….

        @Faye
        I don’t know if Shonda wants us to think that the relationship between Fitz and Liv is fundamentally good. I’m just reminded of the first season, when they described Liv, and they said that she is this beautiful, talented, exceptional businesswoman, but is a complete *mess* in her personal life.

      • eva k says:

        I’ve often thought the same thing! I think it’s shameful that women are holding Olivia Pope up as a strong role-model for women (especially African-American women) when she’s having an affair with a married man and is paid to cover up political scandals.

    • Sunny says:

      I don’t think Beyonce is a bad role model. She certainly works hard and has talent. That being said, I have never heard an intelligent, insightful word out of her mouth.

      I can totally see Kerry disliking the world view that Beyonce espouses. They seem to be very different women. I cannot see Kerry ever admitting that opinion aloud though so I think this story is total crap.

      As to your comment re:Olivia Pope and Fitz- word. It is one of the most toxic, disgusting, debasing, destructive relationships on television. I like Scandal as trash tv and I think Olivia and Fitz have great chemistry but that relationship is beyond twisted and when people describe it as romantic it is a total head scratcher to me. Even in season 1 I was of the opinion that their dynamic was twisted and al ot of their bullshit and obstacles are self-inflicted.

  2. GiGi says:

    Don’t we all think Beyonce is a bad role model?

    • lucy says:

      Yes. Yes, we do.

      (She’s just another primping poser like Kim Kardashian whose parents succeeded in getting her to be a showpony.)

      • karen says:

        This whole Beyonce = Kim thing is so ridiculous. You can hate both, like both, be indifferent towards both but the fact remains that no black woman on this earth would be making 100 of millions of dollars off the back of a sex tape. No way. Beyonce at least has a discernible skill-set. Kim is a glorified porn star.

      • lucy says:

        @Karen, I respect our difference of opinion.

        The similarity I see between BK and KK is not the specific consumable they sold (recorded performances and an amateur sex tape), it’s their shared background of parental preening for fame/fortune based on physical attributes since toddlerhood. Both of these girls were earmarked for the marketplace by their parents who exploited their little girls’ desires for attention and pleasing their parents.

        My ears tell me BK can’t sing her way out of a paper bag, and my eyes tell me she cannot dance with any grace whatsoever. She sure can shriek, and jerk her booty around, though. Neither she nor KK is articulate. And both present themselves as receptacles for male fantasies.

      • andypandy says:

        Karen
        X 1000 and Im not even a Beyoncé stan but whether you like her or not is that hard to admit that at least she has some discernible talent and worked hard practically since childhood for her career. These Beyoncé =Kim is SO annoying

      • HH says:

        @Karen — “…no black woman on this earth would be making 100 of millions of dollars off the back of a sex tape. ” Ummmm MIMI FAUST from LHHATL!!! Unfortunately for Mimi, no one cares that much.

        But I do agree that Beyonce and Kim are world’s apart. Kim and the Kardashian family are of the mind that any publicity is good publicity. That’s not at all how Beyonce works. She has always cared about her image. And while she does have a very sexual image now (which is a bit much for me, personally), she has truly EVOLVED and matured into that image. She wasn’t some Disney starlet that flipped the switch once her contract ended. She’s not out doing drugs, she’s not unprofessional. Not to say that Kim is doing these things, but other starlets have gone down this path.. I mean, I think to equate her to Kim is not looking at the big picture.

      • betty says:

        @ Karen Beyonce didn’t get where she is by sex a tape. But paying her dues and working herself into a popular superstar,Kerry has paid all types role. Singing and dancing is Beyonce genre .Beyonce is a good role model for women she got married and then had a kid. not the opposite. Men will cheat even the one Kerry just married, It is easy to leave a marriage then it is to work on it and try to save it. Beyonce was included in a list of one of the Most Influential Women in the world that includes many prominent women. So she can do more then shake her booty.

  3. T.C. says:

    I don’t believe this for a second. Kerry is too classy to ever say such things about another woman out loud. Kerry and Beyoncé are both usually invited to FLOTUS Michelle Obama’s birthday parties so she probably knows that Beyoncé donates money to many good causes. Besides Beyoncé does the sexy thing but it is never trashy like say Rihanna, Katy Perry or Nicki Minaj.

  4. eliza says:

    Not sure why everyone in the spotlight needs to be some kind of role model. I sure as heck would not want my daughter or son, if I had any, to be looking at celebrities as role models. Best to be role models at home to your kids or role models at school as teachers. Adults do not need role models.

  5. Cynthia says:

    But the truth remains that Beyoncé has done more for young women than kerry Washington. Yes, kerry is nice and professional and what not but what has she really done. Beyoncé dropped a cool 7mil for the homeless including Houston but I don’t see it getting covered here. Honestly I think people live hating on get. Any feminist move and people start telling like crazy. Got featured on legend section of rock and roll and chaos ensues. I love you kerry but Beyoncé has influenced young women more than you’ve done. No need for shadr

  6. Lucy2 says:

    She might think that way or not, but I really doubt she’d share any feelings with someone who’d blab them.

  7. Cynthia says:

    People like hating on her. No need for shade. Fucking auto correct. Typing on my phone

  8. Micki says:

    I understand what she’s saying and agree with some of her points and still I have to say (as a complete non-Beyonce fan) that I find it wrong to prescribe what the “others” have to commit their time, money and influence to.
    What if Beyonce doesn’t care about education or healthy eating? Is she allowed to care about something else?

  9. Lollipop says:

    I don’t agree about Hillary Clinton. She stood by her man because it helped HER. She put her career before everything and I think that’s pretty badass.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      Interesting. I think staying with a man who humiliates you publicly time after time, demonstrating his complete indifference to your feelings is pathetic and despicable. The fact that she sacrificed her dignity and personal happiness for her own selfish reasons doesn’t change that for me, or make her badass. It just makes her shallow and greedy. I think she would have been badass if she’d left his cheating ass and gone on to accomplish something in her own right, without using a man to get where she is today.

      • Micki says:

        Yes and no. There are women, who don’t value fidelity above other things.
        It’s a question of personal priorities.

      • Cynthia says:

        I think I’m missing something. Was there any concrete proof that he cheated on her?. Did anyone hear why solange gave it to him in the elevator? I gotta say I dunno where the ‘staying with a man who cheated on you’ thing is coming from. I mean there’s been rumours but do we know what happened? Please don’t say ‘Wendy Williams said’

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        Oh, sorry Cynthia, I was talking about Hillary, not Beyoncé. I didn’t make that clear.

        And Micki, I agree that not everyone feels that fidelity or even love is a priority in marriage, and that’s their right. I just think that by standing by Bill, For whatever reason, Hillary achieved her power through a man, and that doesn’t make her “badass” in my book. I think women who start at the bottom, pay their dues and earn their own power are badass.

      • ScrewStewrat99 says:

        She might have sacrificed some dignity, but maybe not even at all if she doesn’t feel that she did. Maybe she is happy with her decision and her life the way it is now, so maybe she didn’t even sacrifice her happiness. I would have loved for her to leave him and go out on her own and reach her goals, but politics, major politics is sadly still mainly a man thing. I don’t think Hilary would have been nominated as a potential president had she left Bill. I think she knows that and I too admire her sticking to her guns and the playing the game to get to where she wants. If it’s an all boys club then sometimes you gotta use the boys to find a way in.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        @ScrewStew
        I don’t agree, but I think that’s a valid point of view. Part of me gets it, but the idealist in me wants us to be in a place where we can earn the power ourselves. If we are satisfied with the status quo, will it ever change? But then, nobody’s nominating me for anything. So…

      • Micki says:

        @Good Names:
        It’s half a joke but I think she accomplished…Bil Clinton in her own right.

        I’m not into US politics and take your word that she’s greedy and shallow and so on. I personally think that ANY woman that managed to climb so high in her chosen field (whatever it takes) is one hard bitch and yes badass too.

      • ScrewStewrat99 says:

        Oh, I agree with you Goodnames. I would love for anyone to be able to work to where they want and accomplish what they want without having to use somebody else, I just don’t think that’s possible right now for women in politics. The fact that Hilary was even up for a nomination led to Sarah Palin being chosen as a candidate for VP and I think Hilary’s nomination alone has begun the breaking down of barriers for women in major politics (at least here in the US).

        So while I don’t agree with everything about her, I think her hustle has helped to progress us in a way. I feel as if Hilary hadn’t done what she has, we wouldn’t even be talking about the possibility of a female president, it would still be a mans game. It sucks that she had to make the decisions she did to get to where she is, but I just can’t fault her for them. I like to think she’s made a great sacrifice to get women’s feet in the door of major politics. I know that’s me being hopeful, but I do hope that as the years go on women are heard more and have as much of a shot at becoming president as a man does.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        @ScrewStew, ok, you put that so well, you are forcing me to admit something good about Hillary besides the fact that she’s smart. Lol, that is some good work you did there, if you only knew. I hope things continue to grow in the direction we both want.

      • ScrewStewrat99 says:

        @goodnames: LOL, I’m sorry! I know politically she has her issues, but that aside and thinking about what she does for women in a mans world, she’s done some good, so I have to give her credit. I hope they do too =)

      • LAK says:

        Goodnames: everything you talk about in terms of your objection to Hilary is why I admire Margaret Thatcher. She is a woman who clawed her way to the top without having to play the silly put upon female who has to ‘forgive her man’ in order to get ahead.

  10. Observer says:

    I agree with Kerry. Beyonce (and her husband) are just a modern day minstrel show with “B” being a p*ssy poppin’ jezebel shaking her a*s all over the place and her husband rapping about drugs, violence and sex and calling BLACK women and girls all kinds of b’s and h’s because he can get away with it because the black community doesn’t give a damn about its girls.
    So we have intra racism, misogynoir and sexism all aimed at the most vulnerable of our society and Kerry and the rest of us are just supposed to be OK with that!?
    And yes it does affect us! Because we’re the ones suffering the consequences of the degradation.
    We need more classy black women like Kerry!

    • lisa2 says:

      I had no idea Beyonce and Jay had that much affect on the world.

      I think you are giving them way too much credit. They sing songs.

      • Observer says:

        Obviously it’s the whole culture! What passes as “black culture” today. It is glorifying all these things I mentioned above and Beyonce and Jay Z are two pieces of the puzzle and of course they have influence! My goodness the amount of times people, of all races/nationalities/ethnicities/etc, have assumed I like these two. That I like being called a “b*tch” or whatever just because I am black and female. That I know how to twerk etc.
        Also, young girls? Ever thought about how it effects them? Hearing lyrics being repeated back at time being referred to as objects that no one cares for.
        Being reduced to that!? Their self esteem? I was that little girl and now I am in my early twenties and it still affects me as a young black woman.

    • floretta50 says:

      No need to get so twisted, jut sit down and use your knockers instead of spouting off nonsense. for the most part they are in different professions, one is a singer, stage performer, and actress the other an actress who probably don’t know much about the pop music industry. Beyonce is a young woman who is in a profession where she has to keep up with the likes of Rhianna, Mylie Cyrus, and a slew f young up and coming pop singers who are all dressing provocatively, even Jlo who is 45 pushing 50 has to come up, times and things change or else you would become irrelevant and again Beyonce is still young, nobody speaks this way about Madonna ( how old is she 60+) as a matter of fact they label her an icon and Madonna is the performer who started that skimpy outfit thing on stage.

      • Jayna says:

        Actually, if you watch Madonna’s concerts, she was rarely in leotard type outfits. Blond Ambition she was in men’s trousers with a corset over it with a pointy bra, and a jacket in the beginning. She was in bell bottom pants with a polka dot shirt in one segment. One segment she was dressed as a frumpy lady in curlers and a skirt on under the house robe. One segment she had on a priest’s robe like costume to her ankles for four songs. One section she was in a gown doing Dick Tracy songs. Madonna mixed it up on stage big time with sometimes skimpy and half the time not at all, the other way. Maybe the True Blue tour, or whatever it was called, was when she wore a leotard the most.

    • Catriona says:

      Thank you! It’s rare to see somebody take a stand against those two because the norm is to worship everything they do (lest you be called a racist for not fawning over Beyoncé and JayZ.) so I appreciate you telling it like it is!

  11. Talie says:

    I believe that she’d like to see another powerful black woman stand up for the issues stated above, that’s not crazy. But Beyonce is not the one to do it.

  12. itsnotthatserious says:

    Kerry does not shade the people she has reason to let alone the someone she admires. Kerry was encouraging her twitter followers to buy Beyoncé’s album the night it dropped and has posted about working out to one of the songs. This is the tabloids trying to pit one black woman against another and people are falling for it and criticizing both of them.

    Kerry will not even tell people what she ate for breakfast let alone what she thinks of Beyoncé. This woman goes out of her way to be positive and yet the sick tabloids find a way to bring their negativity to her.

  13. Anthea says:

    I doubt she said this. Even if she did, it sounds as though it was a private conversation someone snitched on, and that is not cool. We’re all entitled to express an opinion to a close friend.

    I’m not a particular fan of Beyonce but I love the point about her “sexy within an adult marriage of equals” thing. I never get the feeling from Beyonce that she’s being manipulated by others, which is the truly upsetting thing about poor Britney. Beyonce is entirely herself and while we may not like that or what she promotes, at least she seems sober and together.

  14. Andrea says:

    Kerry is so gorgeous with some meat pn her bones! I hope she doesnt go back to the emaciated, lollipop head look. She looks fantastic!

  15. Cynthia says:

    I enjoy posting here. I should do it more often. Bye. World. Hello celebitches. Been reading for 3 years. But commenting for the first time

  16. Grant says:

    What’s wrong with standing by your man anyway? Sometimes a partner may have an indiscretion but the couple decides they still want to work it out. That’s their business and theirs alone.

  17. Hissyfit says:

    Didn’t Beyonce once mentioned how education is not important and you can dream of something big and make it happen just like her career? I mean, I think it’s great that she has achieved so much and everything that she have now is because she worked hard for it but not everyone has the same luck and talent or beauty. So yeah, she’s an idiot for giving that advice. I don’t think she’s a good role model either.

    As for standing by her man, it’s not for me but hey, it worked for the Beckham’s and Clinton’s. So, who knows?

    • Kim1 says:

      I have never heard Beyonce say education isn’t important.As someone has mentioned Kerry is a fan of Beyonce.I have never watched Scandal but I am proud of Bey and Kerry for being successful Black women in the entertainment industry .There are both positive role models.

  18. Vera says:

    I doubt this is even remotely true. I’ve never heard Kerry discussing other celebrities except for her co workers in order to praise them. Mostly because she’s so reserved, so it would be strange of her to voice her opinion to someone reporting to a magazine.

  19. Jayna says:

    Beyonce works her ass off, very driven, and tours and puts on a great show. I don’t ask my pop stars or rock stars to be anything more than they are. If they want to be role models, go for it, but it’s not up to us to tell them how to do that. For all we know, Beyonce funds a lot of efforts on behalf of the African-American community.

    I’m so over everyone being told how to be a role model. I guess the Beatles in their psychedelic music phase were no role models, LOL, but that’s the only phase of the Beatles music I like and it’s glorious music. I love Depeche Mode. How dare they sing about S&M in some of their songs or leave it open to interpretation. Bad role models. The Stones? Forget about it, horrible role models. Bad bad boys and girls. You singers/bands/musicians, how dare you not conform to what we think you should be in music or on stage.

  20. Jade says:

    I doubt that this is true. As much as I’m sick of Beyonce’s facade of trying to appear perfect all the time and her efforts of trying to outsexy Rihanna etc. I think she has proven herself to be a hard working and professional performer. So what if she’s not the best singer, she still can sing and dance live decently and capture an audience. You wouldn’t be picked to headline the Grammys or Superbowl if you were a run of the mill entertainer. Even if she has the best management or luck, it still takes hard work and sacrifices to get there. While I agree that it’s not exactly a good idea to annoint celebs as role models, let’s just be glad that her career was not based on a sex tape. I’m just sick of all female singers trying to dress skimpier and shimmy harder than each other while the male singers are fully dressed. So don’t call out Beyonce for that, call all these female singers out.

    • Jayna says:

      Dayum, does that mean I have to give up my objectification of a male singer doing stripping and at least a couple of times a show a few risque tongue-in-cheek moves or grabs, should I say? It’s his persona on stage and I love it. Although, he gets no grief for it at 51 and Madonna does. I’m brokenhearted by my being judged for being so shallow and not PC, but is objectifying a performer on stage so bad and him (or her) playing it up? LOL

      And, no, I didn’t put this video together, but he has plenty of female fans that put clips together all the time from shows.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQDpncYHyUk

      • Jade says:

        Hahaha nah whatever rocks your boat. The fact is most A list male performers can perform dressed normally and without shimmying their assets. Don’t get me wrong, I love women’s bodies but the scale of balance is not the same. And most female performers did not have to be a Madonna in the past. It’s like a given that female performers nowadays have to compete using explicit sex appeal. I think I may just be sick of female singers not wearing pants on stage haha

  21. Leaflet says:

    To be fair, Scandal is not a show for kids. This is a list of shows for kids:
    Teen Wolf
    Gossip Girl
    Suburgatory
    Once Upon A Time

    Beyonce’s music is also not for kids no matter How much Michelle O. calls her a role model to kids.

    I think Kerry Washington believes this privately because she appears to be a wholesome woman. However, she’s smart enough not to say anything about it because it isn’t her place to speak in it publicly

  22. MCraw says:

    Forget the story, LOVE Beyone’s two piece outfit!

  23. Lydia Says says:

    I really do not believe this interview ever took place; unless is a quote from her I don’t care. Kerry Washington is smarter than that. This is a case of the media pitting women against each other to sell trashy tabloids. I hope Kerry sends Dish Nation a cease and desist letter pronto.

  24. Jude says:

    “Same with the whole “sex sells” thing – if anything, I prefer Beyonce’s “sexy within an adult marriage of equals” thing as opposed to Britney Spears circa 2000 (virginal Lolita) or Katy Perry today (infantile, stunted sexuality with cupcake boobs for children).”

    Well put. Beyonce annoys the crap out of me but this is the truth.

  25. Vampi says:

    @Cynthia I am mostly a lurker too…for a few years. This place, and the commenters are the BEST and the brightest of all the gossip sites I visit. I’ve learned…and laughed..a LOT here!

  26. Naddie says:

    Don’t know if Kerry said that or not, but it’s true. I love Beyonce’s music because of her voice and massive production, but the lyrics say nothing worthy and the videos are just about money, sex, bragging… Not a good role model at all.

  27. LAK says:

    This story is too odd not to be true. Meaning that it seems left field considering Kerry Washington doesn’t make any sorts of comments about other artists in praise or shade.

    In as much as media makes up stories all the time, it’s strange that they’d pull Kerry Washington out of the bag for this one. It’s probably that she agreed with Lily Tomlin, then some media hack simply added a lot more detail than was actually said. The 1-10% truth inherent in most media stories whilst the other 99-90% is simply made up.

    Right now it’s open season on Beyonce which means many outlets are openly critising her and any celebrity that doesn’t come out with a definitive support statement for Beyonce is deemed to be on the same team as the people criticising Beyonce. And if a celebrity is seen to agree, even 1%, with the criticism then the media spins it to seem like they are leading a band wagon.

  28. FF says:

    As if.

    It’s the old trick of trying to play two famous, talented and highly visible black women off against each other and trying to see what mess will stick.

    They’re both high profile professionals and I wish them the best with a media constantly trying tear them and their hard work down.