World renowned pop singer, Beyonce recently dropped a visual album in which she went HAM on her husband, Jay Z. The world has lauded this move and praised the drunk in love singer for brooking no nonsense.

In most of the tracks, she went on to expose his lying cheating ways. Following the heavy chastisements were promises of his destruction if he ever repeated his mistakes.

All this was done with heavy references to him such as ‘Big Pimpin’ so we made no mistake who was being addressed. The album went on to feature him in a contrite and repentant manner followed by her forgiveness and mercy.

The world lauded this move as I said earlier siting it as proof of her strength and mastery as a woman. Something struck me as odd though about it. She has mercy in the end, only after heavy punishment.

One may argue that what she did was too mild to be punishment. Looking at it though, Jay Z is probably the most ridiculed entertainer in the planet at the moment. His music career and public image and perhaps him has suffered a blow it will never recover from. Is this punishment really as light as it seems?

If she really wanted to be merciful and forgiving, shouldn’t the chastisement have been less or at least public? Some wonder, had she divorced him if the effects would have been any worse. Of course we are all for leaving a lying cheating mate. If one wanted to tread the path of mercy and love, why not do so fully.

To be considered is also the fact that had the positions been reversed and Jay Z shamed her in such a manner it would have been considered ungentlemanly to treat one’s professed love in such a manner.

In my opinion it is more honest to choose one path, either the path of punishment or forgiveness rather than lie at the bridge between the two, perpetrating one and enjoying the satisfaction of it while laying claim to the benevolence that comes with the other.


Author: Ekpeki Donald Pen Prince

Ekpeki Chovwe Donald styled the PenPrince is a writer and lawyer in equity. He has an unhealthy interest in wit, pun and poetry. When he’s not writing, he’s reading and when he’s not reading, he’s breathing. He breathes words.