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Beyoncé – If I Were A Boy (original)
If I Were a Boy” is a song recorded by American R&B singer Beyoncé Knowles for her third studio album, I Am… Sasha Fierce (2008). It was written by Toby Gad and BC Jean, and produced by Gad and Knowles. Inspired by the bad break-up of a romantic relationship, the song was initially recorded by Jean, whose record company rejected it. Knowles then recorded her own version. Jean was upset when she learned that Knowles was releasing it as a single, but eventually they reached an agreement. read more @wikipedia
Beyoncé revealed that the concept of the video is similar to the American comedy film Freaky Friday (1976); its theme is role reversal. She also said that it would depict things that men commonly do to hurt their partners, like not answering their phones, before adding that the video is about little things that mean a lot in relationships. Beyoncé explained:
In the beginning of the video, my husband makes me breakfast and he’s excited about it, and I kind of don’t have time to eat. As a police officer, I have a male partner and the video goes through our days. My husband’s at work and has attractive girls flirting with him but he declines their advances. I have a guy flirting with me, and I flirt back.
Beyoncé said that by the end of the video, viewers would realize the husband is a police officer and Beyoncé, as the female character, has been doing things her husband has done to her.[MTV News writer Jennifer Vineyard’s analysis of the concept concluded, “When we first saw it from a different perspective, Beyoncé’s behavior seemed more abnormal. And when it’s the guy doing everything she just did in the previous scenes, it becomes all too familiar—which is Beyoncé’s point.”
The video begins with Beyoncé and her husband saying a few words, including “intimacy”, “honesty”, and “commitment”, and then saying the words “you”, “me”, and “us” together. When the action starts, Beyoncé is seen working as a police officer. Her husband (played by NFL player Eddie Goines) is very supportive. He makes her breakfast, spends time at work looking for a present for her and forgoes socializing with attractive coworkers so he can be available when his wife arrives home. However, Beyoncé is not thinking about him at all. Instead, she spends her free time with other officers, particularly her male partner, whom she seems enamored with. Her husband calls her, but she ignores the phone. Later, when her husband gives her earrings, she puts them on to go dancing with her partner at a party. Her husband is upset when he sees them, and when he confronts her about this, she acts like he is making a big deal out of nothing. “When you act like that, I don’t think you realize how it makes me look or feel”, he tells her. Beyoncé then asks him in a condescending tone, “Why are you so jealous? It’s not like I’m sleeping with the guy.” Then the story reverses, and Beyoncé starts to cry. Her husband’s situation is actually her experience—he is a police officer who takes his supportive wife for granted.
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If I Were A Girl (Beyonce Parody – Dave Days)