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After Beyonce’s ‘Lemonade,’ We Need to Get Up to Speed on ‘Becky’ — Here’s the Story

Apr 27, 2016  •  Post A Comment

HBO’s premiere Saturday of Beyonce’s “Lemonade” sparked an Internet frenzy focusing mainly on eight words in the lyrics: “He better call Becky with the good hair.” USA Today notes that the Beyonce lyric triggered the question: Who, or what, is Becky?

The publication presents a detailed background on the use of the name as a cultural reference, going back to William Makepeace Thackeray’s “Vanity Fair” in 1847 and covering its history up to Taylor Swift’s “Becky” meme a couple of years ago.

We encourage readers to click on the link above to USA Today to get all the background. But sticking to Beyonce’s “Becky” reference, while the report concludes that we can’t be sure what the singer means by it, it adds: “We have established one meaning of the term at this point in time, and likely the one Beyonce was invoking: a woman, who is bland and generally white, who may or may not be scheming to further her social success and wealth, likely by using her beauty and sexual acts to do so, all while having a narrow world view.”


  1. Excuse me, but, WTF was that about?

  2. So…is a “Becky” the SAME as a Beyonce ??????

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