‘Bootylicious’ singer Beyonce teams up with Michelle Obama’s anti-obesity initiative

I don’t think you’re ready for this jelly, but here goes: “Bootylicious” singer Beyoncé Knowles is joining forces with First Lady Michelle Obama and the National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation (NABEF), to encourage children to stay active, reports SingersRoom and Fox News.

The movement, called the “Let’s Move! Flash Workout” aims to support the first lady’s “Let’s Move” campaign to decrease childhood obesity.

“I am excited to be part of this effort that addresses a public health crisis,” Beyoncé said in a statement. “First Lady Michelle Obama deserves credit for tackling this issue directly, and I applaud the NAB Education Foundation for trying to make a positive difference in the lives of our schoolchildren.”

Beyoncé has provided music and personally recorded an instructional video demonstrating dances moves for junior high school students nationwide to follow.

This isn’t the first time Beyoncé has met with the first lady. In 2009, Beyoncé sang Etta James’s “At Last” during President Barack Obama’s inaugural balls, but her performance was not well received by James, who threatened to “whup [Beyoncé’s] ass.”

“I can’t stand Beyoncé. She has no business up there, singing up there on a big ol’ president day, gonna be singing my song that I’ve been singing forever,” James said.

Beyoncé isn’t the only celebrity with whom Michelle Obama has socialized or collaborated. The first lady made an appearance last year at “Desperate Housewives” star Eva Longoria and actor Antonio Banderas’s charity dinner. She has also been seen with television host, Oprah Winfrey a number of times. President Obama invited singer, Jennifer Lopez and her husband, Marc Anthony to the White House for last month’s Superbowl.

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  • leilani

    Well, come on, I like Beyonce & hr version, but it was indeed kinda tacky that Etta wasn’t invited to singe that song since she’s still an active performer.

    If the Obamas & their original protocol & social advisers had any sense of propriety OR truly appreciated the drama of the moment at all, they would have asked both ladies to do it as a duet & let them symbolize the generations of African Americans who’d waited to sing those two words.

    But the irony is that the song wasn’t even originally Etta’s. It was originally created by it’s composer & lyricist for band leader Glenn Miller to perform in a 1941 Hollywood film. And according to wiki (with the caveat that wiki is often wrong) the girl singer who first recorded it with Miller’s band, Pat Friday, may actually still be alive.

    It’d sure be funny if as a 90-year old she decided to totter out of obscurity and & settle the matter once & for all by trumping even Etta with ‘divaship’ of that song.

  • Dee2008

    Getting kids to exercise is a worthwhile goal, but I sure hope this new workout video doesn’t include the kind of moves that are typical of Beyonce’s stage act. Lessons in suggestive booty shimmying would be decidedly unhelpful to parents who are trying to encourage their young daughters to develop healthy self respect and control.

    • Liberalsareblind

      I strongly agree. I think a woman who gets paid to act like a slut on stage is a bad role model.

      • oc in nc

        Does their healthy lunch come with a stripper pole?

  • teapartypatriot

    She’s got plenty of time now to join the NANNY STATE crusade since she’s no longer flying to libya to sing to gadhafi and his sons. Actually, when you think about, joining with “for the first time in my life, I’m proud of my country” michelle-marie antoinette is a step down for her.

  • rowdygirl

    So now our tax dollars will be used to teach little girls to dance like strippers??
    That’s nice…

  • borntoraisehogs

    Only a Keynesian would have Knowles sing James’ song.