Beyoncé’s new visual album Lemonade is an artistic exploration of the singer’s deepest frustrations and anxieties — with lyrics about martial infidelity, and the anger and frustration that comes with that breach of trust. When James Corden parodied the Lemonade video format for his Late Late Show monologue on Monday night, he kept the visuals but changed the anxieties to better fit him. So instead of talking about being cheated on, Corden explored his frustrations with writing a nightly comedy monologue.
Beyoncé’s title cards like “Denial” and “Intuition” changed, and in Corden’s hands, they read “Monologue” and “Trump Joke.” “Doing Trump jokes makes me feel dirty,” Corden whispered. But soon enough, he got one in anyway: “A school in Texas may change its name to Donald J.Trump Elementary School. In keeping with the namesake, the school immediately filed for bankruptcy. You see that, I did one.”
On the Lemonade track “Sorry,” Beyoncé sings about a cheating partner and how he should go find “Becky with the good hair.” Corden, by contrast, hoped that his jokes made his audience laugh like “Jimmy with the good hair.” Corden then got to the “Hold Up” section of Lemonade, donning the yellow dress and baseball bat that have already become an iconic symbol of the record and its visuals. Except instead of walking down the street smashing muscle cars, Corden took the bat to a bunch of TVs backstage. Before he could get to the Jack White section, it was time for the rest of the show to begin.
Watch the clip below.