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By Andrea Peyser
April 29, 2016
Fellow commoners, we’re being played by Queen Bey — pop music’s phony and emotionally manipulative version of Hillary Clinton.
Or is that redundant?
Beyoncé’s latest album, “Lemonade,” an opus of pain, rage and a lady’s ability to make a buck or several, premiered, complete with videos, on HBO this past Saturday.
The release was accompanied by the kind of hoopla one would expect to attend the announcement of a cure for cancer, not a soul-crushing exploration of a common affliction — manly infidelity.
The 34-year-old pop giantess has taken Jay Z’s alleged sexual indiscretion and spun it into musical gold. I’m not buying it.
It’s not the first time a woman has profited from her man’s faithlessness, alleged or otherwise.
Hillary Clinton could be Bey’s role model, another dame who paints herself as a hard-core feminist while making lemonade out of the lemons dealt to her.
Or — making chicken salad out of chicken sh-t.
The former first lady parlayed public sympathy surrounding the sexual shenanigans of her husband, ex-President Bill, into a US Senate seat from New York.
In her 2003 memoir, “Living History,’’ published while she was in office, Hillary told of the day in 1995 that Bill told her the truth about the sexual services he received from buxom former White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
Until that moment, Hill insists, she believed her hub’s fib that he and the toothsome creature were just pals. Right.
“I could hardly breathe,’’ Hillary writes. “Gulping for air, I started crying and yelling at him.’’ Finally, she realizes that she still loves the louse, but “as a wife, I wanted to wring his neck.’’
She served as secretary of state under President Obama from 2009 to 2013, and now is directing all that practiced fury into picking out curtains for the White House.
Bill’s attention-starved one-time partner in adultery, Lewinsky, 42, created a kind of demi-celebrity circle jerk, tweeting to her 115,000 followers: “hey, will someone let me know if it’s safe for me to listen to #LEMONADE?’’
Beyoncé’s version of life with Jay, 46. is even more melodramatic than Hill’s with Bill.
Her visual album drags the viewer through 11 stages of Beyoncé’s grief — intuition, denial, anger, apathy, emptiness, accountability, reformation, forgiveness, resurrection, hope and redemption. Most of us only get five stages, but we’re not nicknamed “Queen.’’
Set on the streets of New Orleans, the video starts with Bey asking a man, “Are you cheating on me?’’ melds into whining that said man is like her own father, who was unfaithful to her mother, then goes berserkers, smashing car windows with a baseball bat. I suggest that she limit her caffeine intake.
“Lemonade’’ now can only be streamed on Jay Z’s Tidal service (of which Beyoncé is part owner), which demonstrates their collusion in this epic, primal scream. It can also be bought on iTunes and Amazon.
At the end of the 57-minute album, Beyoncé realizes that the man, shown in videos as Jay Z at the couple’s wedding and with the pair’s 4-year-old daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, is the love of her life. Sigh.
Makes you feel warm and fuzzy, doesn’t it? Like watching Bill and Hillary canoodle. Yuck.
But who is Beyoncé’s rival — whom she refers to in the song “Sorry’’ as “Becky with the good hair,’’ a “Becky’’ being a white woman skilled in a sex act popularized by Lewinsky. Fashion designer Rachel Roy, whose alleged romps with Jay are rumored to be the reason Beyoncé’s younger sister, Solange Knowles, physically attacked him in an elevator after the 2014 Met Gala in New York City, encouraged speculation by posting a grinning selfie on Instagram with the caption: “Good hair don’t care…”
After making her Instagram account private, Roy released a statement to People magazine saying there’s “no validity’’ to the idea she’s Becky.
Singer Rita Ora drew cheap publicity by posting a Snapchat image of herself in a bra with lemon appliqués placed over her nipples. The Brit then tweeted, “these rumours are false.’’
Is this a ploy for publicity? Bey insiders say the phantom hussy Becky is a composite of Jay’s rumored former lovers, The Post’s Page Six reported this week. Jay is said to have become a very good husband since Blue Ivy’s 2012 birth.
Beyoncé should try running for president. She’s got the right skills.