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Of sainthood and beyism

canonization of popes

Yesterday one of the most memorable events in history took place. Two living popes: Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and the incumbent Pope Francis celebrated the canonization mass of two of their predecessors, Popes John XXIII and John Paul II as they were declared saints. Pope Francis said the two men had led exemplary lives during the 20th century.

In his own words, the two Popes, now saints, were priests, bishops and popes of the 20th century. They lived through the tragic events of that century but they were not overwhelmed by them. The event held at the St. Peter’s Square was witnessed by hundreds of thousands of pilgrims from all walks of life. “For them, God was more powerful,” he said.

I wouldn’t really know much about their particular reigns, as I wasn’t born yet when Pope John XXIII was in office and for the better part of the papal reign of John Paul II I was still small; however, the things I heard about the latter gave me the impression he was very holy. I always had the impression that the world would end the day he died. I feared my worst fears would be confirmed when he died in 2005, but other than the unique burial, everything was just normal.

I remember watching him on TV; he carried himself with so much grace and everything about him screamed ‘holy’. I don’t laugh at myself for thinking he was God incarnate. Pope John XXIII on the other hand is credited for helping bring to end official catholic prejudice against Jews and his pacifying role during the cold war, among other things.

This grand, historic event reminded me of a reflection in my prayer book:

Why were the saints, saints?

Because they were:

Cheerful, when it was difficult to be cheerful;

Patient, when it was difficult to be patient; they pushed on when they wanted to stand still;

Kept silence, when they wanted to talk;

Were agreeable, when they wanted to be disagreeable.

That was all; it was quite simple, and always will be.

Is being a saint really that easy? As much as I try to walk in the footsteps of Christ, I find trouble trying to be happy when I should be pissed; remaining silent when someone needs to get a piece of my mind… My honest opinion is, it’s not easy being a saint.

The canonization of the two pontiffs had me thinking about Beyoncé being viewed as a deity by some of her fans. I don’t mean to compare her to the pontiffs or Jesus, for that matter; I’m just trying to find sense in a rather bizarre issue. Has the singer lived such an exemplary life as to be called a god?

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I’m assuming everyone has heard of Mother Teresa of Calcutta? As noble as she was, serving people selflessly, she was never regarded a deity. She was only considered a humble servant of God; and instead of calling her goddess, we pray for her. I’m not too sure I know all that’s involved in the process of beatifying someone but one thing I’m sure of is that there’s intense praying involved.

And Mandela? Remember him? The man who fought for South Africa’s independence and became the country’s first black president in 1994? He was loved by many. When he died last year, the whole world mourned the loss of a great hero. Leaders from all over the world sent their condolences and many of them attended his funeral.

While he was still alive, he wasn’t oblivious to the fact that people adored him. But, to all those who thought he was a saint, he said, “I am not a saint. Unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying.” I thought that was so noble of him; nowadays humans die to get titles, most of which they haven’t earned.

Beyoncé, for instance; she has done a great job as an artist, but does that qualify her to be called ‘the almighty?” Great men like Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela and other people who have played remarkable roles in the making of history were never regarded as deities. They lived for others, even died for them, but haven’t been called gods.

It’s from this that I find the whole idea of beyism (Beyoncé-ism) totally irrelevant, and discernibly iniquitous. The basic characteristics of a leader are:

-One must be intellectual.

– One must be prepared to suffer.

-One must know how to forgive those who wrong them.

These celebrities we adore so much; can any one of them die for their fans? Would Beyoncé suffer even for those who now call her goddess? I’m just thinking people have weird ways of showing their love for their idols. Toby Sheldon is one of these crazy fans. He has spent over $100,000 in attempt to look like his idol, Justin Bieber.

justin beiber look-alike

I don’t mind people going out of their way to show their love, problem is how they do it. I only hope someone sane out there will help drive some sense into all those who claim Beyoncé is their goddess; those, who now profess beyism.

 

 

Church of Bey (Beyoncé) ???

Last night I had a difficult time picking my jaw up after it hit the floor so hard. I was watching this magazine show when I saw, what in my opinion, is the mother of all ludicrousness. Turns out, Mrs Carter, popularly known as Beyoncé, now has a church in her name. The national church of Bey -based in Atlanta- as they call it wasn’t just named in honour of the music icon, but worships her as their ‘Almighty’. To them apparently, Beyoncé Knowles is a deity. Symbols of the church are Beyonce’s images.

church of bey

First time I saw Beyoncé was when she was the lead singer of destiny’s child. Every girl my age loved their music, their outfits…everything about them. Later on she went solo and fans loved her songs even more. I can’t deny she has a beautiful voice and her songs are amazing and therefore clearly comprehend the whole notion of fans falling in love with her, dying to get her autographs, spending hard-earned money to attend her live concerts…but for me that’s where it ends; all the admiration etc.

In my opinion, this whole church idea is just ludicrous. It’s okay to idolize her; but forming a church in her honour and branding her ‘the almighty’ is just crossing the blurred line between sanity and insanity. Honestly, isn’t that blasphemy?

The Oxford dictionary defines the term ‘church’ as a building where Christians go to worship. With this definition I would term the name ‘church of Bey’ utterly inappropriate. They should coin another term for their place of worship. But worshipping Beyonce? Really People? I get the whole idea of wanting to have something/someone to believe in; but the musician is as human as you and me are. When did she become a deity?

The only thing that makes her special than the average human being is that she could possibly buy a country and still not dent her bank accounts. That means money is all that makes her special; money she’s gotten from her fans. I’m just wondering, if something went horribly wrong and she was declared bankrupt, would she still be revered as’ the almighty?’

Out of sheer curiosity, does Beyoncé know of the said church? Assuming she does, what is her opinion on the matter?

It just feels wrong that people have turned to worshipping their fellow human beings. Unless I’m missing something here, Beyoncé wields no mystical powers. She couldn’t heal a sick person or anything that required a miracle. The best she could do is offer financial aid to someone in need.

It is absolutely true, Beyoncé is a super talented musician, and she deserves our love and admiration; she has earned it, in every sense of the word; however, terming her as almighty, feels so wrong. That is love blown out of all epic proportions. I’m imagining, years from now, having the ‘church of Bey’ widespread, with faithful, devoutly serving their goddess, mother Bey, and the ‘beyble’ as their holy book…I’m not so sure what everyone feels about this, but to me, it’s wrong.

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In the book of Revelations, we are told of end times and false prophets…with the way things are going, I feel we are fast-forwarding things…

 

 

Everyone’s singing naked

Is it just me or is everyone singing naked? And by everyone I mean a good majority of female artists. Last night I was watching this music show. When it started the first song that was played was Beyoncé’s partition, which is overtly sexualized. As in most of her recent releases, she was wearing well, close to nothing.

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And as I watched the rest of the partition video I almost vindicated Miley. She’s a young woman. Still trying to discover who she really is and we’re in the ‘sex sells’ era. How will she not do what she’s doing, when everyone else seems to be doing the same, only that she has taken her provocative performance a notch higher?

Rihanna’s pour it up was played next. Scantily dressed and twerking, I understood why poor Miley seems to think only provocative moves will win her the numbers; gain fame. Who wouldn’t anyway? Sex is really selling. Coincidentally, Miley Cyrus’ collabo with Mike Will made it, Whizz Khalifa and Juicy J., 23 was next. In the video she’s in a red Chicago bulls’ bikini; and this is Miley we’re talking about so it’s kinda obvious what her performance entails: infamous foam finger, signature tongue move…

Lady Gaga’s applause succeeded Miley’s. Of course, this being Lady Gaga, her outfits in the song were kept to a bare minimum. Shakira and Rihanna’s duet, can’t remember to forget you came right after. The two dance seductively, grinding, with Shakira dressed in a revealing red dress and Rihanna in a black; two hot colours in their sexy video. In the video still, the two are in black body suits and high heels, lying down, caressing each other, and in a different scene they appear to cuddle while naked.

can't remember to forget you-shakira and rihanna

With all that heaping bowl of nudity, Miley’s adore you was the cherry on top. God, I miss the days when she used to wear proper clothes; when her name wasn’t synonymous with nudity, twerking, and all that ugly stuff. I didn’t watch the show long enough to know what song would be played next. I’m thinking guys appreciate that stuff, but in my case, it felt too much.

The songs took me back in time, when people used to sing clothed. Growing up I loved destiny’s child. I loved how Beyoncé, Kelly and Michelle co-ordinated their outfits. And while in my teens, I enjoyed listening to Rihanna’s pon de replay and if it’s loving that you want, which were her first songs. I started losing touch when she released her good girl gone bad album, with songs like disturbia.

Lady Gaga’s the only artist from the above list I don’t remember seeing fully dressed in her music videos. After releasing let’s dance and poker face, I heard rumours that she had said she preferred being scantily dressed because her grandmother, who is partially blind, sees her better when she’s naked. I don’t know how true that is.

Then there’s the Latina goddess, Shakira. I have a huge collection of her Spanish and English songs, which I consider sexy but still decent, compared to her latest collabo with Rihanna. And Miley, where do I begin? When I first listened to the climb, I instantly fell in love with it. I watched it after watching her movie, the last song, which I didn’t find so intriguing, but the song itself reeled me in. It was/still is a very uplifting song. Who would’ve thought some years down the line she would earn herself the title, ‘the controversial singer’ because of her risqué performances?

What happened to people actually dressing up? Not in thongs, bikinis, body suits or lingerie, but actual clothes. What became of those songs one wouldn’t cringe or fight the urge to run when they’re played in the presence of one’s parents, or underage kids? It’s true that sex sells, but at this point I feel this nudity thing has been blown out of all epic proportions. Funny thing is, all these are artists I really love (d).