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Beyoncé Gets A New Biography, And It’s Probably As Boring As Beyoncé Herself



Beyoncé is a control freak, it is a fact, so I wonder why she didn’t write her own biography? After all, she directed and produced herself the HBO documentary about herself, ‘Life is but a Dream’, so why not doing the same? No, this time J. Randy Taraborrelli wrote ‘Becoming Beyoncé’, the definitive bio about the queen Bey, and according to the reviews, the book will not fail to confirm that Beyoncé is synonymous of perfection…. Really? No dirt to dig at all?

Taraborrelli wrote previous bios, far less nice and generous, but he admitted to Gawker that ‘the more compassionate approach in ‘Becoming Beyoncé’ illustrates his evolution as a writer’… or does it illustrate Beyoncé’s big money power and strong will to control everything? In the interview, he becomes a bit more specific:

‘I think as you get older as a writer, your standards change. When I was a kid, my standard was very simple: If it was true, I put it in my book. That was it. There was no wiggle room to that. I’ve been through enough in my lifetime to realize there has to be more of a standard in biography than just the truth. There has to be an eye toward empathy. There has to be and eye toward understanding interpretation. There’s a lot of nuance that goes into a biography that is bigger than whether or not something is true. When I was a kid, it was a simpler time. Today, I weigh everything on a moral compass. It has to do with: Is it fair? Is it hurtful? Is it going to cause people pain? That’s a big part of my process today that when I was a kid, I never considered.’

Don’t tell anything more, he wanted to please the queen, and this bio has to be the safest ever written… ‘I just don’t think it’s fair to the reader to write about somebody you don’t admire,’ he says later in the conversation, so you have the answer, he loves Beyonce and is not ready to reveal anything bad about his idol… ‘she’s so lucky to have me as a biographer’, he adds. I can’t disagree, according to the interviewer, If there is the lesser negative comment about Beyonce, it is immediately followed by the affirmation: ‘it was for the sake of her career’.

Above everything, Bey is someone who truly believes in herself, ‘I don’t need to be bitchy; I have my talent,’ she says , so there is no reason to look for anything else… The other thing about writing a bio about Beyoncé is that she is a pure mystery: can you believe that, when she was in Destiny’s Child, the kids attending her school didn’t know she was a singer? She has always been a well-kept secret, so why would you read such a bio? To discover page after page she is perfect, untouchable, a pure mystery and thus very boring? Her documentary was a total drag,one hour and half revolving around her, and her, and her and her perfect career, and her perfect husband and her perfect baby and back to her… so sorry, no juicy revelations in this new bio, and probably nothing about this fight with Solange in the elevator.

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