Mike Huckabee: Jay Z Is 'Pimping' Beyoncé

Mike Huckabee: Jay Z Is 'Pimping' Beyoncé

Politician calls out the couple in his new book, criticizes the Obamas for allowing their daughters to listen to Bey's music.

Published January 14, 2015

Everyone seems to have an opinion about Jay Z and Beyoncé's relationship, and conservative Republican Mike Huckabee is joining the crowd, publishing his thoughts in his new book God, Guns, Grits and Gravy. In it, he praises Bey's talent while harshly criticizing Jay's "business-like" approach to his wife's sexuality.

In an excerpt from the book, obtained by U.S. News, the politician highlights the couple's steamy performance of their collaborative 2014 hit "Drunk in Love," saying, "Beyoncé is incredibly talented — gifted, in fact. She has an exceptional set of pipes and can actually sing. She is a teriffic dancer — without the explicit moves best left for the privacy of her bedroom. Jay Z is a very shrewd businessman, but I wonder: Does it occur to him that he is arguably crossing the line from husband to pimp by exploiting his wife as a sex object?"

Though he uplifted the 17-time Grammy winner for her talent, Huckabee seemed to backtrack shortly after. According to People magazine, the notoriously outspoken politician described Queen Bey's music as "obnoxious and toxic mental poison in the form of song lyrics." The publication also reports that during an interview about his book, Huckabee criticized President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama for allowing their daughters Sasha and Malia to listen to Beyoncé's music.

"I don't understand how on one hand they can be such doting parents and so careful about the intake of everything," he reportedly said. "...How much broccoli can they eat and where they go to school and making sure they're kind of sheltered and shielded from so many things — and yet, they don't see anything that might not be suitable for either a preteen or a teen in some of the lyrical content and choreography of Beyoncé, who has sort of a regular key to the door [of the White House]."

Neither Beyoncé and Jay Z nor the first family have responded to Huckabee's comments. God, Guns, Grits and Gravy will hit shelves on Jan. 20. 

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Written by Moriba Cummings


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