Beyoncé’s Lemonade is a visually stunning and sonically satisfying cultural call to action. As our editorial assistant Sydney Gore wrote, it “is more or less what black feminism looks like in our minds.”
It’s completely possible to sit down and unpack the album and its social and political implications for days and use it to incite some much-needed conversations about race and gender. But instead of trying to get down to the root of modern day’s hierarchy and work to eliminate it, many have latched onto the album’s theme of infidelity and other small-picture subjects and bashed the validity of the album. Why? Because they’re either, well, a bit idiotic, or just trying to distract everyone from thinking too much about our current social structure.
Below, find five conspiracy theories that are floating around, and bask in it all. Then sip some lemonade and have a proper conversation.