Marriage activists use Beyonce’s pregnancy to send message to single moms
WASHINGTON, September 1, 2011– R&B Pop Superstar Beyonce Knowles’ recently announced pregnancy has ignited lots of interest but also social debate about controversial issues like the high rate of out-of-wedlock births in urban cities.
Last Sunday, during the walk along the “red carpet” that preluded the MTV’s Video Music Award, Beyonce posed cupping her belly signifying to cameras that she was pregnant with her and husband, rapper/mogul Sean “Jay-Z” Carter’s first child. She then confirmed the news to querying paparazzi and later that evening capped off a performance of her latest single on stage by opening her sequined jacket and rubbing her belly signaling to the millions of watching fans that she was indeed with child. The news sent a frenzy over the Internet, breaking the social media site Twitter’s record for the most tweets per second. A spokeperson for the site said users sent 8,868 tweets per second when the news broke.
Since the announcement, many bloggers, gossip and entertainment sites and mainstream press have been cranking out trending stories, hypothesizing over what the pregnancy will mean for her future film career (actor/director Clint Eastwood had to delay filming a remake of “A Star is Born” that was to feature Beyonce as the lead actress), the maternity fashion industry, and how it stacks up against other famous mega couple’s pregnancies.
Several sites have churned out pieces questioning what type of social or psychological impact the pregnancy would have on her fans. So much hubbaloo about one woman’s pregnancy. It says much about the recent obsession with celebrity bump watch. The term was coined recently, but started 20 years ago when Demi Moore posed nude during her third trimester of her pregnancy on the August 1991 cover of Vanity Fair magazine. It describes the now near fanatical obsession of fans to monitor the growing belly of a pregnant celebrity until she delivers.