blue ivy wants beyoncé to shush now please
So she can hear Camila Cabello's powerful speech on immigration, thanks.
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It was the Grammys last night, arguably music’s biggest event of the year.
...If you are a man. If you are a woman it was actually a very small night, in the form of one win for a female of a total 28 pop music categories: Alessia Cara for Best New Artist. But apart from her (congrats!), there was another young woman who had a big night -- Blue Ivy. In a rare public appearance from the heir to the throne, she went where no other human dare goeth before. She told Beyoncé and Jay to chill.
Look, we are absolutely here for young women taking control. We are here for kids sticking it to the status quo. But Baby Blue, Baby Blue! We’re a little confused by your timing truth be told. Camila Cabello, newly solo pop star on the scene and literal representation of the red-dress-emoji, was making a powerful speech on immigration. This comes in the wake of Donald Trump’s decision last September to repeal Daca, the legislation that protects undocumented immigrants (or “Dreamers”) who came to America as children, giving them the right to live and work in the States. At present, the situation is complex -- Democrats recently shut down the government for three days to pressure Republicans into protecting Dreamers’ rights, but soon backed down and struck a compromise to mixed reviews. The parties now need to agree on a separate immigration bill before 5 March -- the day when the Dreamers’ current protective legislation expires, and when their deportation is set to begin.
Given this political backdrop, Camila’s speech was timely and powerful. “Tonight, this room is full of music’s dreamers,” she said. “We remember that this country was built by dreamers, for dreamers, chasing the American dream. I’m here on this stage tonight because just like the Dreamers, my parents brought me to this country with nothing in their pockets but hope. They showed me what it means to work twice as hard and never give up, and honestly, no part of my journey is any different from theirs.” She concluded, “I’m a proud, Cuban-Mexican immigrant, born in eastern Havana, standing in front of you on the Grammy stage in New York City. And all I know is that just like dreams, these kids can’t be forgotten and are worth fighting for.”
To that end, we’re challenging the popular reading of Blue’s ‘shush’ as her telling off Bey and Jay for applauding Camila. Quite the opposite -- as the offspring of two politically active parents, she, like us, was absolutely here for Camila’s speech. She just needed everyone to be a teensy bit quieter please so she could hear it. Her ears are smaller guys!
This article originally appeared on i-D UK.