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2016: The Year White People Blamed Everything on Beyoncé

Some pop culture has the power to change our cultural landscape over the course of time. Shows like Survivor led to the reality TV saturation we see today. Social media has led to greater visibility for those who were previously shut out of establishment media. But still, it’s very rare that any type of media or pop culture can effect great change in a few short weeks.

When Tennessee Sheriff Robert Arnold heard shots outside of his home Monday night, his thoughts immediately turned to the Super Bowl Halftime Show earlier this month:

“With everything that happened since the Super Bowl… that’s what I’m thinking: Here’s another target on law enforcement,” he said.

He went on: “You have Beyoncé’s video and that’s kind of bled over into other things, it seems.”

Beyoncé’s halftime show has triggered a panic across the United States (and not just the one we saw on SNL). Since Obama is leaving office in less than a year, white America will soon need to replace “Thanks, Obama” as their scapegoat phrase of choice. Luckily, there’s a replacement waiting in the wings.

I present to you, “Thanks, Beyoncé.”

Here’s a handy list of eight new and exciting ways you can blame Beyoncé for your everyday woes:

The Farmer’s Market is out of your favorite eggs. Thanks, Beyoncé! 

Did your cat throw up on the floor? Thanks, Beyoncé! 

Is your local Whole Foods out of organic kale? Thanks, Beyoncé! 

The Starbucks Line is ATROCIOUS this morning! Thanks, Beyoncé!

Chipped your fresh manicure? Thanks, Beyoncé! 

The local wine bar is out of your favorite Pinot Grigio. Thanks, Beyoncé! 

You thought you got free range chicken but it’s NOT. Thanks, Beyoncé!  

There are, like, so many homeless people in your city. Thanks, Beyoncé! 

The possibilities are endless! What other things do you think America will blame Beyoncé for this year? Leave them in the comments!

Courtney Caldwell

Courtney Caldwell is an intersectional feminist. Her talents include sweary rants, and clogging your social media with pictures of her dogs (and occasionally her begrudging cat). She's also a political nerd, whose far-left tendencies are a little out of place in the deep red Texas.

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  1. From the WaPo article:

    “[National Sheriffs’ Association Executive Director Jonathan] Thompson and others have also criticized the lyrics of “Formation,” though they make no mention of the police or the law and he could not cite specific offensive passages. Instead, the song is largely an exaltation of traits and characteristics typically associated with being black.”

    I see you.

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