You wrecked me and I apologized.

Flawless,” which was the point in the show when Beyoncé really shook off all of the soulful vibes and just went for all out breaking-it-down. On the song, she makes an important feminist statement by sampling lines from Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and it was on bold display during her VMA performance. Lines from the poem were splashed across the screen in bold, pink letters as she and her dancers took their positions in the dark. “We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller,” the screen read. “We say to girls, ‘You can have ambition, but not too much. You should aim to be successful, but not too successful. Otherwise, you will threaten the man.


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