Germaine Greer has criticised female performers for their flesh-baring outfits, singling out Beyoncé for the “sexual display” of her raunchy stage costumes.
The outspoken feminist made the comments during a foul-mouthed rant in an upcoming BBC documentary, which is set to air on Saturday (June 9) in the UK.
“Someone like Beyoncé – who I think is a fantastic musician, a beautiful voice as true as a bell – why has she always got to be f***ing naked and have her t**s hanging out? Why?” Greer said, as reported in The Sun and The Mirror.
“I’m not saying you have to keep your clothes on, but why is sexual display part of the job? I might as well ask that question to a barmaid who says she doesn’t get any tips if she doesn’t show cleavage.”
The 79-year-old author wasn’t done there, as she also took aim at sportswomen for showing too much skin.
“Why do women athletes have to be naked? I watched bloody figure skating and the woman is virtually naked. She has got a few wisps of cloth and the man is in evening dress. You think nakedness is usually a sign of submission, it’s a sign of inequality.”
Greer also seemed to have little sympathy for the recent #MeToo and Time’s Up movements, slamming the women who turned up to the Golden Globe Awards dressed in black as a show of solidarity.
“Even the women at the Golden Globes demonstration had their t**s hanging out,” she added.
When it comes to her own nude photos, which were taken for Suck magazine in the early ’70s, Greer described the images as “revolutionary” and a “disruptive gesture.”
The controversial academic sparked outrage last week when she said that “Most rape is just lazy, just careless, insensitive” and that a lot of the time it is just “bad sex.” She also called for the sentencing in rape cases to be reduced. “A man can’t kill you with his penis,” she said.
“Germaine Bloody Greer,” the BBC documentary, airs tomorrow night in the UK.