Beyoncé's new “Lemonade” video album makes some powerful statements on race and gender, so who better than a couple of funny white guys to explain its cultural impact?
Stephen Colbert, host of CBS' “The Late Show,” and Jimmy Kimmel, host of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” on ABC, each devoted part of his show Monday to the controversy stemming from cryptic allegations in “Lemonade” that Beyoncé's husband, rapper and music mogul Jay Z, had an affair.
Colbert poked fun at the possibility of the couple airing their dirty laundry via such a public platform.
“You know that thing we’ve been having trouble expressing in couples’ therapy,” joked Colbert. “Let’s turn on HBO right now.”
Colbert then pivoted to breaking down the buzzworthy video, noting the irony of him doing so as a white male.
“This album is about so much more than Beyoncé’s marriage. It makes powerful statements about women being disrespected, and especially black women,” said Colbert. “I know you have been waiting for a white man to explain it to you. The waiting is over.”
The comedian went on to explain for white men the various slang phrases in the video, including the now infamous “Becky with the good hair,” which Colbert said means a “Valley girl type.” Colbert also recounted that many angry Beyoncé fans attacked fashion designer Rachel Roy, believing her to be the “Becky” referenced in “Lemonade” with whom Jay Z allegedly cheated.
Watch Stephen Colbert explain “Lemonade” in the clip from “The Late Show” below:
Jimmy Kimmel took another approach. The host also explained “Lemonade” for his audience, but opted to use emoji. He broke down the Jay Z/Rachel Roy drama with symbols, such as a honey bee for Beyoncé and a broken heart to represent Beyoncé and Jay Z’s possible marital problems.
Watch Jimmy Kimmel explain the “Lemonade” controversy in the clip from “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” below:
The fallout from “Lemonade” is far from over. As a result of the backlash against her, Roy canceled a speaking appearance Monday in New York City on “Mastering Your Métier.”
The hourlong “Lemonade” video is available on HBO Go and HBO Now. An audio version of the album is available for streaming exclusively on Tidal and it’s currently the top album on iTunes.