After arriving to the ‘Renaissance’ film premiere with blonde hair and a shimmering outfit, internet trolls began to descend, saying she looked like a Kardashian and even saying that her skin looks lighter. In response, Beyoncé took to Instagram to share a caption-less carousel of images of herself in all white/cream tones, making a statement to the critics with the contrasting tones.
The critics came flooding into Vogue’s Instagram post of Queen Bey from her premier in LA last weekend. Multiple people commented to say that she looks like a Kardashian lookalike, saying: “There’s no way this isn’t a Kardashian omg,” and “Oh no even Bey wants to be a Kardashian now… The world is upside down.” Others went further with their criticisms, questioning whether or not the superstar changed her skin tone. One person commented: “What in the Michael Jackson had happened to Beyoncé.”
With negative comments circulating through, Beyoncé’s mother Tina Knowles took to Instagram to defend her daughter. She wrote: “Came across this today and decided to post it after seeing all of the stupid, ignorant self hating racist statements about her, lightening her skin and wearing platinum hair wanting to be white. She does a film, called the renaissance, where the whole theme is silver with silver hair, a silver carpet, and suggested silver attire and you bozos decide that she’s trying to be a white woman and is bleaching her skin? I am sick and tired of people attacking her. Every time she does something that she works her ass off for and is a statement of her work ethic, talent and resilience. Here you sad little haters come out the woodwork.”
While her mother addressed the issues directly, Beyoncé took a more subtle approach with her response. Just yesterday, November 29th, Bey posted a series of photos and videos of her, and her with Jay-Z, while she sports her bleached hair and an entirely white/cream outfit. One of the photos included was a close up of Beyoncè’s face, clearly showing a stark contrast between her skin tone and the white and cream tones she was wearing.
Beyoncé posted the images and videos with no caption, allowing the contrasting skin tones to speak for themselves, but her fans caught the message and have been praising her since. Comments on her post have shown positive feedback for her handling of the issue and laughing at the original criticisms.
One comment reads: “One thing about it my girl she never responds to the haters directly but it’s ALWAYS going to be a way she clears without saying a WORD! #BrownSkinGirl.” Other amused fans commented saying: “Bey put on white, winter white and beige and said yep I’m definitely Black. My good sis is hilarious,” and “Her wearing all white was NOT a coincidence 😭 😭 Beyoncé is mad funny, bruh.”
Others picked up on her close-up portrait shot, commenting: “And gave y’all the zoom in so you can’t play with her complexion!” Some went for direct bite backs to the original critics, saying “This is how you shut the haters up,” and “Sis said ‘Look at the melanin haters’!!!”
Beyoncé has displayed yet again why she has earned the status of Queen Bey with her classy way of responding to critics without a word.