Mike Huckabee’s stupid, racist attack on Beyoncé and Jay-Z - Chicago Tribune
I will disagree with Alyssa on her statement below that nobody would credit Brad Pitt for Angelina Jolie’s choices - here I think she misunderstands the Huckster a great deal. He’s an old style bible thumping fundamentally religious fan of patriarchy who thinks that the husband always does or should make the choices. He’s managed for years to portray that he’s religiously moderate but he is not, he is one of the few people in the US who would think that Brad might make choices for Angelina.
First, there’s his invocation of an old and ugly racial trope in suggesting that Jay-Z is “crossing the line from husband to pimp,” an assertion that’s both awfully nasty and bears no relationship to the financial facts of the couple’s relationship. Huckabee’s construction simultaneously lets him express admiration for Knowles-Carter, an awfully difficult figure to attack, without having to acknowledge that the parts of her performances that make him uncomfortable might actually have been her own idea, and lets him smear a powerful black male artist and entrepreneur, all in a single lament.
Take Brangelina, for example. Angelina Jolie may be repositioning herself as a demure director and human rights activist, but no one would ever credit her current career choices to partner Brad Pitt, just as no one suggests that the other men she was married to picked her more risqué roles for her.