While many music critics found Beyoncé’s surprise self-titled album to be an empowering, feminist-driven piece of work, psych-rock outfit Warpaint see things quite differently. In a new interview with Q Magazine, vocalist and guitarist Theresa Wayman criticized female pop stars like Queen Bey and Rihanna for unnecessarily over-sexualizing their music and public image.
“She [Rihanna] has an insane voice, she could’ve done something so much more stuble [sic] and artful,” she told Q.
Wayman then turned her eye toward the “Drunk In Love” megastar, commenting: “It just gets worse. Every song on Beyonce’s last album has her basically looking like a slut and she does not need to do that. She’s gorgeous and so fucking talented. And they all take it as women’s liberation!”
Perhaps mainstream music’s leading ladies should take a page out of Warpaint’s own “staunchly feminist, unyielding, and irreverent” self-titled sophomore LP.
Below, watch Warpaint’s video for “Disco/Very” and “Keep It Healthy”:
Update: Theresa Wayman has offered an apology and says her comments were taken out of context.