Beyonce might be one of the world's biggest superstars right now, but even she needed a helping hand from Egyptian singer Umm Kulthum - who is one of the Arab world's most iconic singers of all time - to open her ongoing "On the Run" world tour.
Although Umm Kulthum passed away over 40 years ago, her musical legacy lives on strongly to this day.
Queen B used one of Umm Kulthum's best known masterpieces, "Enta Omri" (You Are My Life), to open her tour... and we wish she hadn't.
She integrated "Enta Omri's" music with her hit single "Naughty Girl," and danced to them over sultry and sexually-suggestive choreography.
Umm Kulthum's song is much deeper and more meaningful than Beyonce's "Naughty Girl."
For starters, take a look at some of "Enta Omri's" lyrics:
“They brought me back, they taught me to regret the past and its wounds, I start now only, to love my life,” Umm Kulthum painfully sings about a woman in love, a woman who regrets her "wasted past" that wasn't spent with the love of her life and the fear of losing The One.
Meanwhile, Beyonce sings "Tonight i'll be your naughty girl, I'm callin all my girls, We're gonna turn this party out, I know you want my body, Tonight i'll be your naughty girl..."
You get the picture.
Watching Beyonce and her group of dancers strutting about half naked and with their butts out on stage, while provocatively moving over a metal bar, is unacceptable and disrespectful to Umm Kulthum and her legacy.
Just imagine if Justin Bieber had sexualized one of iconic Jazz singer Nat King Cole's songs in one of his own singles or music videos; this is exactly the same.
For someone who fights for feminism, culture and human rights, this is a very poor judgment by you and your team, Beyonce.
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