Spice Girls Say ‘Girl Power’ Is Now ‘People Power’ and Fans Are Confused
These aren't exactly the Spice Girls we remember – or are they, and their brand of feminism was just never as radical as we thought it was as kids?
The newly reunited, and arguably iconic, girl group sat down for an interview with The Sun's Dan Wootton earlier this week and we're still scratching our heads about a few of the things said. In particular, when Wootton asked the women, "Is it 'girl power' or is it 'woman power' now?" referring to their famous '90s catchphrase, the singers were quick to correct him.
Geri Horner (née Halliwell) replied "Do you know what? I think it's almost 'people power'," while Emma Bunton simultaneously chimed in "It's 'people power,' equality... everything. It's all inclusive now. You know, we're about equality and bringing everyone together."
That's all fine and nice in theory, but the idea of "girl power" was never, in most people's minds, about downing men or saying women are superior to men. The idea of "girl power" the Spice Girls promoted in their prime was presumably more about encouraging girls and young women to be strong and confident in their power as women.
Of course we're sure the women still believe in this kind of female empowerment, but their response did catch some fans off guard. Is this merely a case of "when keeping it woke goes wrong"? Some fans even pondered if changing the saying from "girl" to "people" was to include gender-nonconforming people.
Watch the full interview here and check out some mixed reactions from fans on Twitter about the new idea of "people power" instead of "girl power."
Tell us what you think about the revised empowerment slogan and if you'll be going to the Spice Girls reunion tour in 2019.