Update: Beyoncé’s fellow Destiny’s Child member Michelle Williams defended the “Drunk in Love” singer to Mike Huckabee on a recent episode of The View, according to Gawker. “I was definitely offended,” she said. “I’m not the Carter spokesperson but to hear some of those comments that you said, I thought were very, very, very low. I respect you and this is not to throw mud and tomatoes.”
Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee thinks Barack and Michelle Obama have a troubling flaw in their parenting style: They allow their daughters listen to Beyoncé.
In a recent interview with People to promote his book God, Guns, Grits and Gravy, the former Baptist minister and possible 2016 presidential hopeful calls the Obamas “excellent and exemplary parents in many ways” but says he’s baffled that 16-year-old Malia and 13-year-old Sasha are allowed to absorb content like the singer’s anthemic single “Drunk in Love.”
“I don’t understand how, on one hand, they can be such doting parents and so careful about the intake of everything – how much broccoli they eat and where they go to school and making sure they’re kind of sheltered and shielded from so many things – and yet they don’t see anything that might not be suitable for either a preteen or a teen in some of the lyrical content and choreography of Beyoncé, who has sort of a regular key to the door [of the White House],” he said.
In God, Guns, Grits and Gravy, Huckabee labels Beyoncé’s lyrics as “obnoxious and toxic mental poison,” and he lashes out at her husband, Jay Z – calling the rapper a “pimp” who “exploits his wife.”
Michelle Obama’s office reportedly declined to comment on Huckabee’s statements.
The Obamas have been close with Beyoncé throughout Barack’s presidency. The commander-in-chief thanked the singer and Jay Z for their friendship during a 2012 New York fundraiser, adding that “Beyoncé could not be a better role model for my girls.”
Beyoncé is no stranger to the White House, having sung at the president’s second inauguration and the first lady’s 50th birthday party. Barack even included the singer’s 2011 ballad “I Was Here” on his 2013 inauguration playlist.
Huckabee’s book reportedly also features criticism of other pop stars – including (wait for it) Miley Cyrus, for her culture-shattering 2013 VMAs twerk (“a disgustingly pornographic performance”), and Rihanna, for wearing a revealing dress (“I’ve seen dusty pickup truck windshields that were less see-through”). But in spite of his widespread judgments on pop stars’ creative choices, the GOP supporter tells People he’s anti-censorship. “Government shouldn’t try to dictate what art looks like or what it portrays,” he says. “Last thing we want is government screwing it up, which is what they would do.”
Huckabee hosted a political commentary show, Huckabee, on Fox News from 2008 until January 3rd, 2015, when he departed to consider a run in the 2016 presidential election.