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Annie Lennox slams Beyoncé's feminism

I would call that feminist lite.

She might wake up *FLAWLESS, but that doesn’t mean Beyoncé is immune from criticism. In fact, rock legend Annie Lenox has slammed Queen Bey for the seemingly harmless act of calling herself a feminist.

The Eurythmics frontwoman has voiced her concerns following Beyoncé's epic performance at the MTV Video Music Awards last month.

"I would call that 'feminist lite'. L-I-T-E. I’m sorry. It’s tokenistic to me," Annie told PrideSource.

"I mean, I think she's a phenomenal artist – I just love her performances – but I’d like to sit down [with her].

"I think I'd like to sit down with quite a few artists and talk to them."

Annie seems to think that many artists claim to be feminists as a tool for promoting their careers.

"I see a lot of it as them taking the word hostage and using it to promote themselves, but I don't think they necessarily represent wholeheartedly the depths of feminism - no, I don't."

Ironic seeing as just yesterday Ed Holtom, the 15-year-old schoolboy whose letter about Emma Watson’s feminism speech went viral, also named Bey as an inspiration.

While on a ranting roll, Annie didn’t just have a problem with artists labelling themselves feminists. She also hates that they perform in revealing costumes in order to sell music.

"I think for many it's very convenient and it looks great and it looks radical, but I have some issues with it. I have issues with it. Of course I do. I think it's a cheap shot,” she continued.

"What can I tell you? Sex always sells. And there's nothing wrong with sex selling, but it depends on your audience. If they're seven-year-old kids, I have issues with it."

Any conversation about gender equality and feminism is a good thing, because the conversation needs to be had. If Beyoncé is championing equal rights for men and women on the kind of huge public platform she has, then good on her. Categorising and ranking different levels of feminism just complicates the whole thing and makes the idea less relatable. So back off, Annie. Beyoncé's feminsim is just as important as yours.