April 7, 2015

Drunk in Love & The Shrew

This week, In Media Res features topics on 'Domestic Abuse in Movies & Television' that runs through Friday. 360 Degrees will follow contributions to the discussion.  Today, Tuesday, Z. Hall presents 'Drunk in Love & The Shrew.'

Paternalistic or Subversive?

For centuries women have struggled for equality in every culture. And violence against women remains a serious global problem. Historically, art is used as a vehicle to confront or perpetuate the social ill. Twenty-first century audiences have less tolerance for abuse of women in entertainment products they consume.

In January, 2015, Beyoncé won Grammy's for both the Best R&B Performance and Best R&B Song for 'Drunk in Love.' The song, featuring her husband, Jay-Z, was praised widely and criticized extensively too.

Absent statements from artists, audiences are left to make sense of products that cross the paternalistic line. Exploring 'Drunk in Love' as a derivative work of Shakespeare's 'The Taming of the Shrew' provides a way to understand the Knowles-Carter project as subversive.

What parallels do you recognize?

Click 'Drunk in Love and The Shrew' to read curated post and comments on this important subject.

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