In the ever-watchful eyes of the public, even global icons like Beyoncé aren’t immune to scrutiny. Following Beyoncé’s appearance at the premiere of “Renaissance: A Film By Beyoncé” on November 25, social media erupted with comments, accusing the pop star of attempting to appear light-skinned. However, Beyoncé’s mother, Tina Knowles-Lawson, took to Instagram to vehemently defend her daughter against what she deemed “stupid ignorant self-hating racist statements”.
In an extensive Instagram post, Knowles-Lawson shared a video montage of disparaging comments alongside a passionate response. She clarified that the entire theme of the film premiere was silver, evident in Beyoncé’s silver hair, dress, and the silver carpet. Knowles-Lawson dismissed claims that her daughter was trying to emulate a white woman or bleach her skin, emphasizing that the singer made a fashion statement with her silver ensemble.
Expressing her frustration, Knowles-Lawson addressed the perpetuation of jealousy, racism, and double standards. She criticized those who, instead of celebrating Beyoncé’s achievements, chose to engage in baseless criticism. Furthermore, she called out a white woman who approached Beyoncé’s hairstylist, seeking a statement about the alleged desire to be white—a move that angered Knowles-Lawson.
In her Instagram post, Knowles-Lawson passionately defended Beyoncé’s work ethic, talent, and resilience. She called out the negativity, emphasizing that Beyoncé minds her own business, helps others, and consistently supports black women and underdogs. Although aware that her daughter might be displeased with her public response, Knowles-Lawson expressed being fed up with the incessant negativity.
Despite Beyoncé’s dazzling appearance at the film premiere, some internet commenters expressed contrasting opinions. Vogue described her look as “shimmering” and “stunning,” but online remarks compared her to Kim Kardashian and suggested she appeared lighter than before. Critics questioned the choice of a Targaryen-worthy ice blonde hairstyle with some even claiming they initially mistook her for Kim Kardashian. While some fans defended Beyoncé, citing her natural skin tone and the impact of lighting, the incident underscores the challenges that even global superstars face in navigating public perceptions.
Derek Chan – Editor