As the US election draws ever closer, Beyoncé is the latest celebrity to endorse Hillary Clinton for President. She headlined the Democratic candidate’s Get Out the Vote concert rally in Cleveland, Ohio alongside her husband Jay-Z to publicly confirm their loyalty.
As with every Beyoncé performance, each element was flawlessly constructed. She conveyed her allegiance with Clinton in everything from her set list, to her outfit and the rousing speech she gave afterwards.
The 35-year-old performed Formation, Freedom, and Run the World (Girls), while wearing a polka dot trouser suit that was very much a nod to the Presidential candidate’s signature style - and her backing dancer’s donned cobalt blue suits, too.
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While Beyoncé performed, Clinton’s famous 1992 quote about choosing to become a working First Lady of Arkansas was projected behind her. While the line about “baking cookies” was seen as a blunder at the time, the pair chose to reclaim the words by blowing them up on the huge screen.
Speaking to the crowd Beyoncé made a speech which linked back to her support for Barack Obama’s leadership eight years ago, as she asserted: “that’s why I’m with her.”
“Less than 100 years ago, women did not have the right to vote,” Beyoncé said to the crowd. “Look how far we’ve come from having no voice to being on the brink of making history by electing the first woman president. But we have to vote.”
Praising Obama she added: “Eight years ago, I was so inspired that my nephew, a young black child, could grow up knowing his dreams could be realised by witnessing a black president in office ... and now, we have the opportunity to create more change.”
She then explained that she is voting with her daughter Blue Ivy’s future in mind: “I want my daughter to grow up seeing a woman lead our country and know that her possibilities are limitless.”
Beyoncé didn’t mention rival candidate Donald Trump directly, but there’s no denying that her art spoke volumes.
Her decision to sing Formation was a loaded one, given that its lyrics were used as a crass defense by Trump surrogate Betsy McCaughey. She stupefyingly labelled the lyrics “bawdy” and compared them to Trump’s sexist slurs about assaulting women in a recently leaked video from 2005.
Following the concert, Clinton shared a photo of herself and the influential couple backstage, in which Bey can be seen wearing an “I’m with her” T-shirt. Captioning the photo, she reiterated a line from the singer’s speech: "We have to vote. The world looks to us as a progressive country that leads change."
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