Beyonce released her latest album by uploading tracks and videos straight to iTunes, claiming she wants to speak ‘directly to her fans with no filter’.
And it seems that Beyonce has got her wish.
Within hours, hundreds of fans slammed the star’s record for its X-rated lyrics and ‘pornographic’ videos in which she twerks and dresses scantily.
On social networking sites, the 32-year-old singer was called ‘vile’ and ‘disgusting’ for the provocative tracks, including songs titled Blow and Drunk in Love.
Some users questioned whether she was a fit role model to millions of young fans.
The star, who rose to fame in girl band Destiny’s Child, has often campaigned for women’s rights. But fans said she should now be ashamed of herself for following in the footsteps of Rihanna and Miley Cyrus, who have shocked viewers with their erotic music videos.
Vivienne Pattison, of pressure group Mediawatch-UK, said last night: “This is such a shame to see because Beyonce didn’t get to where she is by jumping on the same bandwagon as Rihanna and people like that who we expect to be explicit and controversial.
“She was the one we always thought we could count on to set a good example and keep producing music with powerful messages that empowered women and girls.
“And I would have thought that a star of her magnitude wouldn’t need to do something like this.
“She has sold out and it’s really sad. Like it or not Beyonce is a role model and she needs to take
responsibility for that. Especially as a mother herself, it’s very surprising that she would do this.
She added: “This is now on YouTube and children can see it.
“It’s not like parents can protect their children by not buying the album. It’s there, on the internet, for anyone to access and as a parent that is incredibly worrying.”