Double Standards: The Jay Z and Solange Knowles Saga

Double Standards:  the Jay Z and Solange Saga

In the early evening of May 12th 2014, a short footage surfaced on the internet which depicted Solange Knowles, Beyoncé’s sister, and Jay Z in a very compromising situation.  Jay Z was seen being attacked by Solange. I’m sure most of you must have seen the video which went viral on the insane streets of Twitter… and maybe, Facebook.  The video, which was void of any sound audible to the human ear, showed Solange attacking Jay Z with violence. To make matters more interesting, she spat on his royal calmness. Now Jay Z, or Jay Zed as I would like to call him, didn’t hit the furious Solange back. As expected, jokes flew like a group of birds seeking for greener pastures. Trust Nigerians to make comedy out of a serious matter.  In spite of having laughed a few times, I couldn’t help but ask myself why Beyoncé didn’t try to calm her sister, who after having allegedly screamed, became the live version of Sangoku in a split second . We, the audience, do not have any idea of what happened but best believe that many conspiracy theories have made way for us to think, assume and judge without knowing what exactly went wrong.  With opinions waging war against each other, everyone seems to have a different point of view about what happened.  Some say, if they were HOV, they would have returned the favor. Others, on the other hand, believe Solange must have had a very good reason to have acted the way she did. Another large group of Jay Z fans blame the incident on the unconfirmed fact that Solange might never be as successful as her perfect sister.  The issue of physical “assault/abuse” between the opposite sexes has, for long, been a very delicate matter of debate. Is it ever right for a man to hit a woman? Let us have a close look at the Carters and Knowles recent…saga.

If Jay Z hit Solange…

In plain terms, his career would disappear like the witches of Benin city, Edo state.  It would be over with no form of redemption.  Mind you, we the audience wouldn’t even care to hear the audio of the video.  As long as he laid his hands on a woman, Jay Z would be forgotten. His image would be spoilt, shattered and tarnished for viewers’ discretion.  Till date, do we know what exactly transpired between, mega-talent, Chris Brown and Rihanna on that fateful night he hit her? We don’t even care to know if Rihanna provoked him to anger. As long as a man hits a woman, he has become an asshole and will forever remain one.  Speaking of taboos…

Now that Solange has attacked Jay Z…

Two things are involved.  The first being, her career will get a major boost. The second being, she will not be seen as  an asshole.  This is because we have reasons to believe that , whatever the case may be, Solange must have defended her sister. If we do pay close attention to Beyoncé’s latest album, we get to find a Beyoncé voicing out her pains through the mask of perfection.  Unless, Jay Z decides to press charges… I don’t see anything happening to Solange’s career.

Double standards are those unpleasant things we get to deal with every single day as human beings. For example, a man can sleep with multiple women and not be considered possessed by demons of whoredom. But if a woman sleeps with more than 3 guys in her entire lifetime… Well, my dearly beloved, she is considered  a… hoe.  Irrespective of double standards, I do not consent to a woman hitting a man for any reason whatsoever. I know we,  women, get so caught up in our anger and frustration  that harming a man physically becomes the only way out in order make our point clear. In such case, just do what I do… Throw a few oranges here and there, exchange a few harsh words and break his most valuable possession. Then simply exit the building like a boss and have some chilled zobo with your friends… or alone.  Too many times we get to hear of men physically abusing women but sometimes, these men are being provoked. And we find women taking advantage of their rights the wrong way. Notwithstanding, that doesn’t change the fact that there are mentally deranged men out there who believe beating a woman blue and black is the way forward.  Do not get me wrong, I am in no way advocating for men who hit women. Far be it from me to do so. I am simply pleading we learn to look at things from every possible angle before  judging a matter.

Now with that being  said…

What was revealed today just shows how unrealistic the pictures , celebrities paint for us, are. All we get to do,  is see them smile and chant at red carpet events. But these idols of ours remain human beings.  Perfection is truly a disease of a nation.  I know some of you want that Beyoncé and Jay Z relationship. They are a power couple, quite alright. But do you know what happens behind closed doors? A rich man has the same problems as a poor man, except money. Indeed, the Carters have family issues just like every single one of us, fans.  I’m surprised that some of you are surprised at this. Let us hope this “minor” misunderstanding gets resolved after all jokes have been shared and divided accordingly.

Grab some popcorn and a beer. The coming few days will be filled with lies, tears and smiles.

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- The Alpha Female. 

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