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Beyonce could have dialed it back and still stunned at Super Bowl

I'm no hater, but I raised my eyebrows a few times during Beyonce's pyrotechnic-infused Super Bowl performance.

Beyonce could have dialed it back and still stunned at Super Bowl

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Beyonce performs with Kelly Rowland, left, and Michelle Williams, right, of Destiny´s Child, during the halftime show of the NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Beyonce performs with Kelly Rowland, left, and Michelle Williams, right, of Destiny's Child, during the halftime show of the NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) AP

I’m no hater, but I raised my eyebrows a few times during Beyonce’s pyrotechnic-infused Super Bowl performance.

Here's the thing: Queen Bey was beyond phenomenal Sunday night. After all the tongue wagging over her lip synching at President Obama’s inauguration, she needed to bring her A game and boy did she. She killed it, as the saying goes. Even if her skimpy bodysuit outfit was a tad on the dominatrix side, Beyonce looked gorgeous with her flowing, blonde mane blowing out behind her as she stomped around the stage. Her confidence is inspiring. I love the fact that she’s not rail thin and still manages to be as Jay Z raps, “the hottest chick in the game.“ Seeing Destiny’s Child pop up to join her onstage only added to the thrill. I spent much of the halftime show bouncing around and yelling at the TV screen. 

Girlfriend turned it out in the dance department, but there were moments when she was gyrating like a stripper who needed money to pay her back rent. You never see Tina Turner laid out across a dirty floor like that. Diana Ross either.

Next time she's onstage, I'd love to hear more singing and see less crotch flashing from Beyonce. In my opinion, she's above all that. She's Beyonce.The same Beyonce who looked so gorgeous standing on the steps of the U.S. Capital with the first family as she performed the National Anthem. The same Beyonce who four years ago beautifully serenaded Pres. Obama and the first lady as they danced to "At Last" at their first inaugural ball. Beyonce's a wife. She's Blue Ivy's mom. She's the head of a musical empire. She's an icon. 

I don't want to see her flashing her crotch. Mostly because I don't want to see my nieces trying to emulate her the next time they're out on the dance floor. Same thing with all the other littl girls. The Obama daughters also are fans. When Beyonce sings, "All the Single Ladies" or "Survivor," she sends a powerful message about female empowerment. But what about some of the other messages she sends?

 

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