Channeling a Spirit
"I have someone else that takes over when it's time for me to work, and when I'm on stage, this alter ego I created that kind of protects me and who I really am. Sasha Fierce is the fun, more sensual, more aggressive, more outspoken and more glamorous side that comes out when I'm working and when I'm on the stage."
Spirituality is another religious theme that religious spectators argue against Beyoncés' alter ego Sasha. Beyoncé has expressed in several interviews that while she is performing, another person takes her over and causes her to do things that she would not ordinarily do. While in this out of body state, she loses consciousness of her body. During an interview in 2008 with the magazine Marie Clarie, Beyoncé states: "I have out-of-body experiences (on stage). If I cut my leg, if I fall, I don't even feel it. I'm so fearless, I'm not aware of my face or my body." (The Latter Days)
Using quotes like the one above, religious spectators believe that she is channeling the spirit, which happens to be evil. They describe channeling as when a human enters an altered state of consciousness which allows the person open to become a channel for the spirit of another, who can then use the channel to speak and take limited actions (Beyoncé Channeling the spirit of “Sasha Fierce").
In an interview below, Beyoncé talks about her relationship with Sasha and how this spirit took over her right before her performance for the BET awards show.
Throughout the video, you can see Beyoncé perform her hit 'Crazy in Love', which also happens to be the song that created this ego. Knowles states that Sasha was in full effect that night and she helps her do things she cannot do when she is by herself. She also describes being taking over by this spirit and how she channeled it in her body. She says “I remember right before I performed I raised my hands up and it was kind of the first time I felt something else come into me. And I knew that was going to be my coming out night.
Another example of Beyoncé being suppressed and overcome by the evil spirit of Sasha is during her opening to her I Am...World Tour. In the clip below, we see Beyoncé appear dressed in a white dress symbolizing her virginal and innocent self. She then reaches for a double-sided coin which is tossed in the air. One side represents herself while the other represents Sasha. Sasha then appears out of nowhere grabbing the coin and walking away, which illustrates the spirit winning and taking over.