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Content warning: this article discusses that east coast slang that us country girls we like
Radio stations all around the world have started to pull one of Destiny’s Child most popular songs from the airwaves, following the release of controversial new think-piece published by Pedestrian.TV’s leading white upper class feminist, Tangerine Holden.
The article, titled Here’s Why Boys Will Never Be Able To Be Raised As Gentlemen As Long As Beyoncè Knowles And Her Gang Of Toxic Masculinity-Apologists Are Still Being Treated Like Feminist Icons, discusses the severe allegations levelled against pop trio Destiny’s Child – in regards to the second single (Soldier) from their fourth studio album, Destiny Fulfilled on December 7, 2004.
“This shouldn’t even have to be discussed” wrote Holden, in her 550-word take-down of class-centric machoism and the Stockholm Syndrome suffered by these ‘so-called Queens’ who feel the need to be protected by men with ‘so-called street smarts’.
“In the case of ‘Soldier’ by Destiny’s Child, my biggest problem is the insinuation that a young man should have to know to fight to earn the attention of women who just years earlier were referring to themselves as Independent Women”
“No I have never been to a hip hop club, and no, I have never lived in a neighbourhood where I need to depend on my partner or relatives knowing how to throw hands. “
“But this doesn’t change the fact that ‘Soldier’ is setting a bad example for both men and women in my particular social circle”
“Women don’t need a soldier. Not where I’m from. And I think we turned out alright”
“And furthermore, Men don’t need to be street if they looking at me.
“Actually. Don’t print that last bit. Men shouldn’t be looking at me full stop”
According to people who are looking for shit to complain about on Twitter, Sydney’s Nova entertainment have removed the record from their programming, citing public opinion as the reason why.
“In light of what is happening at the moment, Nova is not currently playing Soldier by Destiny’s Child” Nova’s programme director Paul Jackson reportedly said.
“We know it was an absolute track. But it is cancelled now. Not because of hyperviolent lyricism of Lil Wayne or T.I – but because of the female vocalists and their promotion of toxic masculinity.
“15 years later, Michelle, Bey and Kelly have been called out for their problematic songwriting.”
Australian Radio Network have also said that they are “closely monitoring audience sentiment in relation to the African-American tough love anthem.