Since the 2013 debut of Beyoncé’s self-titled album, which featured a sample of Nigerian author, Chimamanda Adichie’s “We Should All be Feminists” TED Talk during Beyonce’s song “Flawless”, the author has remained mum about her experience with the Queen Bey. However, in a recent interview Adichie finally opened about life after a Beyoncé sample, and apparently, it was far less exciting than any of us would have imagined.
“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 said laughing. “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.’”
Although, the overflow of unexpected attention (based on Beyoncé) didn’t sit well with the author, she admitted that she admires Queen Bey tremendously. According to Adichie, Beyoncé provided a platform for feminism that is many will never be able to. However, she explains that Beyoncé’s feminism isn’t the same as 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 said.
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