Mrs. O and Beyoncé: A Problematic Love Fest?

This writer says the first lady sends a dangerous message in calling the pop star a role model.

Posted: 05/31/2012 05:06 PM EDT

(The Root) -- Maybe you've heard about the ongoing love fest between Michelle Obama and pop star Beyoncé Knowles. Their public girl crush stems back to at least April 11, when Beyoncé posted an image on her blog of a handwritten note, fawning all over the first lady. "Michelle, is the ultimate example of a truly strong African American woman," Beyoncé wrote. "I am proud to have my daughter grow up in a world where she has people like you, to look up to."


Mrs. Obama responded in kind via Twitter: "Thank you for the beautiful letter and for being a role model who kids everywhere can look up to. --mo"


Really? That raised my arched brows, but I assumed FLOTUS was being extraordinarily gracious after Beyoncé's flattering open letter. I mean, Bey did lend celeb power to Mrs. O's Let's Move! initiative; she belted out Etta James' "At Last" for the Obamas' inaugural dance; and she and her husband, Jay-Z, have been fundraising for President Obama's re-election campaign.


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