Just when you think Beyonce doesn't have another trick up her sleeve, think again. While in the middle of her latest world tour, the superstar just released the music video for her song 'Sorry.'
Her newest album, Lemonade, has been highly buzzed about due to rumors that the album is a jab at Jay Z. for potentially cheating on her with Becky with the good hair. That line, which has been talked about non-stop, comes from 'Sorry.'
The video for 'Sorry', shot completely in black in white, features another huge talent as well-- Serena Williams. The tennis sensation is seen breaking it down and busting a move alongside her pal Queen Bey.
Directed by Dikayl Rimmasch, the video shows Beyonce and her group of backup dancers primarily on a bus and in a mansion. In the beginning of the video the word apathy flashes on the screen while Beyonce speaks. She is reciting a poem by Warsan Shire, which explains what the father of her children should say in her eulogy at her funeral. It's easy to understand that She feels heartbroken by this man, which could also be what Beyonce is feeling at this point in time, so let's break this thing down, shall we?
"So what are you gonna say at my funeral now that you've killed me?" Yeah, right back at you, Bey. I'm 100% for this Beyonce, Lemonade Beyonce who throws up her middle fingers, sits in a chair with her leg propped up while Serena Williams dances around her. Also a guest star I would have never expected, but I'm not complaining. From the dancers swaying in the beginning to the eerie black-and-white jerking movements at the end, I love this video, and I love how she's owning who she is and coming into her own as an artist. I was actually surprised at YouTubes comments section (the best place on the Internet for some cultured, civil discussion), because I didn't realize people would be offended that there were no white women in the video. Beyonce has done so much to make feminism mainstream for this generation, especially for women of color, and every successive release makes it even clearer. I mean, Taylor Swift's 'Wildest Dreams' video was set in Africa, and it only features white people and giraffes. Either way, no matter how many people have issues with this new video, 'Lemonade' has still been doing insanely well, and so is Beyonce, as always. At this point, no one can really touch her.
When I first watched the video, I was amazed. Beyonce has the ability to create something completely different in every song she sings and video she makes. I mean, she technically already has a video for 'Sorry' in the visual album for Lemonade. This video for 'Sorry' stands alone from the visual album and illustrates its own story. The beginning of the video was kind of eerie and kick-ass at the same time, starting with a poem. I loved that Serena Williams is in the video dancing and doing her thing, I never knew she was just as talented of a dancer as she is a tennis player; it was super impressive. This video was a perfect embodiment of the confidence that Beyonce has in herself. So many people, both men and women, look up to Beyonce and I think that she sets a great example of what it's like to have unbreakable self-confidence. Like yes, I know that I would be just as confident is I was Beyonce-- and unfortunately, I'm not, but I still carry myself the way I would if I was Beyonce. I like to think that my life is a movie and every Beyonce song is my movies soundtrack, especially on 'Sorry.'
First of all, there's a lot more going on in this video than just the music. Did anybody else think of Beyonce's different hairstyles as symbolism for something bigger? Queen Bee sports five different hairstyles in a single video, culminating into a profoundly nuanced message. An argument can be made about the fact that all the different hair styles in 'Lemonade, or at least the majority of them, make an appearance on 'Sorry'; maybe this is Bey's way of letting us know that this song is the pathos of the album as a whole, after all, she does Mention Becky with the good hair and this is the first video she has chosen to release, so would it be foolish not to consider the significance of all the hints she's giving us? I think yes.
One peculiar but more than welcomed appearance is from Serena Williams, who gets to play Beyonce in the video while Beyonce herself sits on her throne like the Queen that she is. Is this symbolic of the distinctive, yet repeatedly dismissed, power that all African-American woman possess? Or maybe, as it is typical of Bey based on previous videos (who run the world, single ladies, Diva etc.) she is once again reinforcing the homosocial connection and collaboration, reminding us that unity is the way to progress. I'm convinced that this time she really wanted to get that specific message across, otherwise why collaborate with Serena Williams, the physical embodiment of a strong, capable female figure?