Watch Three Late Night Hosts Tackle Beyonce’s ‘Lemonade’
Beyonce dropped her tour de force Lemonade a mere three days ago (April 23), and already the discourse surrounding it is overwhelming. Countless think pieces, explanatory essays, dissenting opinions and reactionary reviews made their way online, each author reveling in the possibility of click-revenue for their respective sites. But even if you managed to ignore the Internet over the weekend, you were likely still pummeled with a deluge of Beyonce-related information, especially if you tuned in last night to see your favorite late night talk show host explain the pop cultural goings on of the weekend past.
James Corden, Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel all took on the heavy topic of Lemonade, though each went about adding to the conversation in a completely different way -- and some were more successful than others.
Kimmel (whose bit you can check out in the video above) chose to ignore the artistic merit of Beyonce's album, going with the tabloid angle instead. He spelled out the "Becky with the good hair" drama for viewers -- delving deep into the supposed Beyonce/Jay Z/Rachel Roy triangle -- accompanied solely by emojis. So current!
Colbert, on the other hand, poked fun at the idea of a white man offering to unpack and explain the relevance of Lemonade at all with a segment called Stephen Colbert White-Mansplains: Lemonade.
But Corden's attempt at tackling Lemonade is, arguably, the most successful of the bunch -- he doesn't try to explain the greater cultural implications behind Beyonce's latest, nor do his jokes fall flat. Instead, he recreates the visual album in a parody called Lemonjames, which pokes fun at the task of monologue-writing for his own show -- something he's certainly qualified to talk about.
Check out each host's take on Lemonade in the videos above.
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