Lemonade: Cold, Bitter, Sweet, Amazing

April 24, 2016

Beyonce just blew me away.

I set my DVR to record Lemonade, but I wasn't sure if I was going to watch it or not.  I like her music, but I'm not a mega fan.  That's the mistake I made.  I wasn't sure if I wanted to watch Lemonade, because I thought it would be an hour long promotional vehicle for Beyonce's new music.  After watching Lemonade, I truly don't think Beyonce cares if I listen to her music or not.

What was Lemonade?  Was it Beyonce publicly shaming Jay Z?  Was it Beyonce slamming women who've caused problems in her marriage?  Was Lemonade a 57 minute therapy session filmed, not for Beyonce, but for others to gain strength from when they're faced with self doubt, rejection, embarrassment, rage, etc?

Haunting.  I'd say that during 3/4 of the time I was watching Lemonade, I felt like I was watching the creepiest movie I've ever seen.  The last 1/4 is what made Lemonade so damn magical.  Just as I started to wonder if I was watching a documentary, recording Beyonce's slow plunge into insanity, the killer appeared.  The killer's name?  Jay Z.

If Lemonade was a horror film, Jay Z was the killer.  It appeared his list of victims included Beyonce's self esteem, self worth, trust, and happy marriage.

In the end though, a twist was revealed.  Jay Z wasn't a killer.  Jay Z was just a man who made some near fatal mistakes, some of which almost cost both he and his wife, the life they shared together.

Will Jay Z and Beyonce live happily ever after?  For his sake, I hope so, because if Lemonade is any indication of how Beyonce interprets the whole "a woman scorned" thing, if Jay Z becomes Stray Z again, he might end up dead. 

My take is that Lemonade was about healing.  It was about showing the world that you can get beaten down, from the inside out, and still get up, fight, and win.  Lemonade was also about using art as a tool to help grieve a perceived loss. Nobody has ever gone to jail for pretending to smash car windows with a baseball bat.  In the land of make believe, the pain is very real, but the consequences don't exist. 

Beyonce's biggest fans may have been the first to experience Lemonade, but I think it's a work of art that every adult will be able to appreciate, relate to, or rally behind. 


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