Mike Huckabee in his new book: Jay-Z is a pimp who exploits Beyonce


Former (and likely future) presidential candidate Mike Huckabee weighs in on several important topics in his new book, God, Guns, Grits and Gravy — including same-sex marriage, national security and Beyonce.

Specifically, the Fox News pundit takes issue with what Jay-Z allowed his wife to do in her recent Grammy performance of Drunk in Love. In an excerpt shared by The Daily Mail, Huckabee said the dance seemed like “foreplay” to him.

My reaction: Why? Beyonce is incredibly talented – gifted, in fact. She has an exceptional set of pipes and can actually sing. She is a terrific 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? … Beyonce must have been confused when she agreed to humiliate herself by performing in a way that prompted this comment from author Charlotte Hays… “Honestly, I didn’t want to watch Jay Z and Beyonce’s foreplay.”

Beyonce and President Obama 2013 Inaguration
Beyonce performing at President Obama’s inauguration in January 2013.

The former Arkansas governor wrapped his argument against the Carters back around to politics by saying their friendship with the Obamas reflects poorly on the First Family’s values.

How can it be that the Obamas let Sasha and Malia listen to that trash? … It’s no small wonder why the culture has become so crude when fathers and mothers allow and even encourage their children to devour vulgar, misogynistic, and violent material when it’s performed by “cool” people like Jay Z and Beyonce. With the first lady so concerned about making sure her daughters’ bellies don’t ingest unhealthy food, how can she let their brains ingest obnoxious and toxic mental poison in the form of song lyrics? If lived out, those lyrics would be far more devastating to someone’s health than a cupcake.

On Jan. 3, Huckabee announced that episode of his Fox News show would be the last and said he’s “exploring” the idea of running for president in 2016. He previously lost the Republican nomination to John McCain. His book, which also includes a chapter about the TSA titled “Bend Over and Take it Like a Prisoner,” is due out on Jan. 20.

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