Lily Tomlin on Beyoncé: ‘She’s Selling a Lot of Sex to Teeny-Boppers’
By Kevin Rutherford
Ms. Frizzle just threw a little shade at Beyoncé.
Actress Lily Tomlin admitted in a recent interview that she thinks that the R&B star’s status as a feminist icon who considers herself a “modern-day feminist” is “great,” but there’s just one problem: her message is still a little off.
“She is a pretty popular woman and she’s married to a very powerful man, but she’s still selling sex,” Tomlin told PrideSource. “She’s selling a lot of sex to teeny-boppers.”
Tomlin backtracked a bit when the interviewer mentioned the Beygency, a fictional(?) agency profiled in a recent Saturday Night Live video that preys on people who diss the pop star.
“Oh, s–t,” she said. “I like her! I don’t dislike her! But I don’t pay any attention to that because — I mean, she’s fantastically beautiful and dances, but, you know, it’s very suggestive. If I was a 10-year-old, I would try to emulate her like most 10-year-olds do.”
And she says that’s a big problem, adding that “young girls are too sexually available” and that “the culture is so sexualized with girls and women.
“I was in a recording studio and a little girl who was about 4 years old was watching TV, and somebody’s dancing on the TV in very elaborate sexually overt dance steps and the little girl goes, ‘Oh, she’s hot,’” Tomlin said. “I’m thinking, this is a 4-year-old!”
Tomlin’s interview with the website precedes an upcoming talk June 14 in Michigan at which the actress is featured.
Meanwhile, Bey and co. have remained relatively quiet in recent weeks as the attention following sister Solange’s elevator fight with Jay Z blows over.