Louis Farrakhan to Jay Z: ‘Keep Beyonce Covered Up, You’re Responsible’
Jay Z isn't going to like the words Minister Louis Farrakhan has for him.
The Nation of Islam leader sat down for an interview with Hip Hop Since 1987 earlier this month to discuss many hot topics, one being Jay Z. According to Farrakhan, Hov is a "good manager" who should tell Beyonce to stay out of her famous bodysuits and fashion numbers since men can't help but look in her direction. Instead, he wants to see the singer covered up.
"You have to educate the managers. Jay Z is a good man. Jay Z is a good manager. But now, your woman is on display. Do you want men looking at your woman, being tempted by your woman, to make advances at your woman?" Farrakhan said. He also went on to extend his advice to other notable black women in the music industry.
"Who wouldn’t want to be with Rihanna? Who wouldn’t want to be with Nicki Minaj? But you strip them then their body is being used as the tool of the degradation of a woman and the subjection of a man," he continued,
Although the message seemed to come with good intentions, many believe it contributes to an all familiar trope -- it's always the woman's fault and never the misogynist.
The man formerly known as Louis X calls the 34-year-old Grammy Award-winning artist a "creative genius," but it comes after he mentions men treat Beyonce as an "object of sex" because of her wardrobe choices. He also states that "there’s no man doing something that a woman can’t do, and in some cases do it better."
"Today you strip the woman of her clothes. How can a man think straight, looking at the beauty of Beyoncé?” Farrakhan shared. "Help us to be more sane. A man is made into a dog by a way a woman presents herself to a man. There ain’t no preacher out there that’s that holy that a woman can disrobe herself and a man can still think Bible, still think Quran. How do you rule a man? You rule him by the beauty of your body and the suggestion of sex. So when you strip a woman down, a man becomes a dog. You don’t make a man? You make him to treat you like an object of sex instead of the creative genius that you are."
The activist and orator solidified his stance on his Facebook page following the interview with a direct message to the Brooklyn rapper. “To my brother Jay-Z: As much as I love and admire you, I want to see my sister, Beyonce, beautifully covered… You’re responsible,” he wrote.
As Minister Farrakhan continues to make controversial remarks, he's also gearing up for the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March, which is set to take place in Washington D.C. in October.
Check out part one of Louis Farrakhan's interview above and catch the rest below.
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