Is Beyonce a hypocrite for endorsing Pepsi?

BeyonceBeyonce Knowles, the famed multi-platinum singer, is being deemed a hypocrite by some.  Critics state that the singer cannot be a firm supporter of First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign, while signing a lucrative endorsement deal with Pepsi.  Pepsi and Coca-Cola have been criticized for supposedly targeting children and adults with sugary drinks.Matt Bittman wrote in the New York Times that:

Knowles is renting her image to a product that may one day be ranked with cigarettes as a killer we were too slow to rein in…From saying, as she once did in referring to Let’s Move, that she was ‘excited to be part of this effort that addresses a public health crisis,’ she’s become part of an effort that promotes a public health crisis.”

Critics argue that when consumed in excess, sugary drinks can have a long-term negative effect on a consumer’s health.

It is in that exact statement that I believe these critics defeat their own argument.  ANYTHING in EXCESS is bad for you.  Even WATER!  Yeah WATER.  Excessive water intake can lead to “water intoxication.”  In some extreme cases the dilution of sodium in one’s blood stream could lead to death.

My point is that you could essentially argue that every product sold is bad for you, with their logic.  Are consumers supposed to never drink or eat anything?  When you see a commercial for a product you don’t see people stating the consumer needs to drink or eat an overabundance of the product.  It is the consumer’s responsibility and ultimately their choice how much they consume.

As someone who is overweight, I surely don’t blame Beyonce or any other celebrity for my lack of self-control.  It is my fault.  People need to take ownership of their mistakes.   I think Beyonce can support children being more active, while telling them to occasionally drink a Pepsi.  Another point I haven’t read is that when it comes to children isn’t it the parent or guardian’s responsibility to monitor their child’s food intake.

What do you think?


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6 responses to “Is Beyonce a hypocrite for endorsing Pepsi?”

  1. JF Owen says :

    I like Beyonce, I like Pepsi and I like the concept of keeping in shape. I’m pretty sure that I can continue to like all three simultaneously without violating any basic laws of physics.

  2. mummyflyingsolo says :

    I agree with you 100%. I have no idea why we are so busy passing responsibility off to everyone else these days. We all choose how we look after our bodies and are well aware of the consequences if we don’t do a good job. I probably drink soft drink about 5-10 times a year for that exact reason!

    • realtalkrealdebate says :

      That’s my point. I think some people have confused my opinion on this matter as if I don’t know the consequences of excessive soft drink consumption. I am well aware of it. But Beyonce isn’t promoting excessive consumption of anything. Whatever happened to moderation? Even First Lady Obama has said that everything is okay to eat but in moderation. This approach is really the only realistic approach to living a healthy life in the long run. Deprivation leads to failure. At least in my experience.

      Yes, I too am so tired of people blaming others for their personal choices. If you don’t want Pepsi, don’t drink it. Simple as that.

      Thanks for the comment!

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