Beyonce fans and watchers will remember that her skin tone in photoshoots has been a source of controversy for years. A few months ago the super star and new mother was embroiled in a “black face” controversy depicting what many with African orgins consider as demeaning.
The latest controversy revolves around the photo cover of her new album (below).
The photo has attracted strong comments by fans and commentators alike.
Lincoln Anthony Blades, founder of the popular race-themed blog ThisIsYourConscience.com stated to the NewYorkDaily News that ”It’s like, Again? Are we here again? I think in a lot of ways she’s culpable because there’s history there,” “She’s not saying explicitly you have to lighten your skin, but it does carry that inherent message,”
Ugandan-born British writer Yasmin Alibhai-Brown also weighed in by blasting Beyoncé for turning her back on her African-American roots. She told the British Newspaper, the Daily Mail that “I despair for the youngsters who see those images,”
Arguably the paler complexion in the album cover photo is the result of Lighting rather than Lightening. However one would have thought that given previous controversies (see photo below) the singer would have been mindful of the extent to which Lighting is allowed to play a part in her photoshoots. Unless of course the portrayal of a lighter and paler skin was no accident or unintentional.