Beyoncé shows us what we really fear in “Haunted” video

Beyonce posts up in the "Haunted" video

In the video for her song Haunted, Bey takes a casual stroll through a haunted mansion. As she makes her way down the hall, she glances into the various rooms, each one containing a “frightening” or “freakish” scene. But I think King Bey used the scenes to push back on our (sub)conscious societal fears. So according to Beysus, what are some of the things our society fears?

1. White woman at the disposal of black men
One of the first rooms in Beyonce’s house of “horrors” includes a group of black men enjoying a game of cards and being served by a “sexy” white woman in uniform. This room taps into our fear of black male sexuality as a threat to the purity of white women. Later, we see her seductively engaging them on a table.

2. Female sexuality
In another room, there is a group of women dressed in black leather, one of whom begins to grind on a male viewer. This room was scary because we were face to face with the outcome of dominant female sexuality running rampant.

3. Deviant sexuality
Many of the rooms suggested sexual deviance via images associated with BDSM, drastic age and race contrasts, and couples dressed in gas masks and feathers and shit. We are afraid of any display of sexuality that does not fit heteronormative ideas about sex only qualifying as acceptable if the point of arousal involves penile penetration.

4. Gender bending
One room features what appears to be a man dressed with feminine accessories. They are posed in a traditionally feminine stance  in a bathtub, blowing bubbles. And in another room, what appears to be a woman of color is muscular with short hair. It’s no secret that we fear people who’s gender we are not able to immediately identify and label.

5. Suspicious black men
Four black men with their faces disguised in the infamous black and white face paint of the criminals in the film Dead Presidents stare intently back at us. In America, these faces are threats to our safety and national security.

Bey mingles these images with those of eerie twins, dying patients, and dead old women uplifting the fact that these fears are equally rooted in fictional perceptions of reality. I see what you did there Mother Bey.

 

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3 Comments

  1. Posted December 18, 2013 at 9:11 pm | Permalink
  2. Posted December 20, 2013 at 2:18 am | Permalink

    I disagree with fearing people who’s genders we’re not able to instantly identify. I love guys who could pass as girls! I’m almost certain it’s because I liked Marilyn Manson and Twiggy Ramirez when I was 10. I’m starting to think I’m one of those people who fears people that are normal.

  3. Posted December 20, 2013 at 5:19 pm | Permalink

    Do you think it’s possible that the first room represents more than just the threat of black men to white women, but that it could also symbolize the perceived threat of white women to black men in taking them away from the black community? I don’t think it’s just one-sided.

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