Add to the list of Beyoncé detractors: Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche.
The Nigerian-born bestselling author, whose TED talk “We Should All Be Feminists” was sampled on Beyoncé’s 2013 hit song “"****Flawless",” had some choice words about Queen Bey’s brand of feminism.
“Her type of feminism is not mine, as it is the kind that, at the same time, gives quite a lot of space to the necessity of men. I think men are lovely, but I don’t think that women should relate everything they do to men,” Adiche told the Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant on Friday.
After the song and video were released in late 2013, Ngozi Adichie received an enormous amount of press which she said negatively affected her.
“Literally every major newspaper in the world wanted to speak with me about Beyoncé. I felt such a resentment,” said the writer. “I thought: Are books really that unimportant to you?”
The author, who won the National Book Critics Circle Award for her 2013 novel “Americanah,” also said she was disappointed to see the media portraying the pop star as the reason for Ngozi Adichie's success.
“Another thing I hated was that I read everywhere: now people finally know her, thanks to Beyoncé, or: she must be very grateful,” she said.“I found that disappointing. I thought: I am a writer and I have been for some time.”
Yet it’s not all bad blood between Ngozi Adichie and Beyoncé.
“I do find it interesting that she takes a stand in political and social issues, since a few years,” said Adiche. “She portrays a woman who is in charge of her own destiny, who does her own thing, and she has girl power. I am very taken with that.”
This isn’t the first time Beyoncé has been called out for her feminism. In an interview with PrideSource, musician and activist Annie Lennox told the online magazine, “I would call [Beyoncé] feminist lite… It's tokenistic to me.”
She added: “I see a lot of it as [artists] taking the word hostage and using it to promote themselves, but I don't think they necessarily represent wholeheartedly the depths of feminism.”
After a predictable backlash, Lennox later cleared her statement in an interview with NPR, saying she was referring to the over-sexualization of women in the entertainment industry.
In an interview with ELLE earlier this year, Beyoncé spoke about why she embraced feminism in her music.
“I put the definition of feminist in my song [“Flawless”] and on my tour, not for propaganda or to proclaim to the world that I’m a feminist, but to give clarity to the true meaning,” she told ELLE.
She recently ended her Formation world tour in New Jersey, which grossed an estimated $256 million.