In a move more shocking than the UK losing it’s triple A rating a few months back, Beyonce has downgraded her Fierce-o-Meter to Lame ahead of her big tour this week and I’m so disappointed. The leading lady of awesome has controversially banned all press photographers from her upcoming Mrs Carter shows. Ignoring the fact that these days we can all be press photographers in some shape or form, it seems those unflattering photos from this years SuperBowl really struck a nerve with the bootylicious one.
And that makes me sad.
Not only does this mean I’ve had to downgrade myself to Super Super Lame (sad face) it’s also shown me that even the woman most agree to be one of the most beautiful on the planet right now doesn’t quite believe her own message. She’s peddling it but she definitely doesn’t buy into it.
I’m not going to listen to all the self-righteous bitches out there who claim it’s un-feminist of her. As far as I’m concerned this isn’t a feminist issue. What makes me sad is the thought that those Superbowl pics ‘got’ to Queen Bey and that she was so worried about it hampering her performances she’s felt the need to ban press photographers. We’ve all taken a bad photo, god knows I steer clear of them like the plague now to avoid the inevitable pit in my stomach when a tagging notification crops up on Facebook, and from a PR point of view this is certainly an odd move but if in order for her to feel at her confident best on stage she needs to believe like no one’s watching – well that’s really sad.
The tickets for this tour sold out in minutes and the resale prices are astronomical, believe me I’ve looked with credit card in hand, sobbing. I want to see Sasha Fierce up there in all her sweaty, gurning glory because that’s when she’s at her best. Great shows and great music aren’t always about being pretty. Sure it helps if you’re easy on the eye* but it’s so much more than that. Fans know, press know it and even Judgey McJudgerson online troll knows it.
So come on Bey – give us everything you’ve got and I promise we’ll love you for it. Bad pics and all.
*Understatement of the century – the woman’s a flipping Goddess.
Angharad is a former radio journalist balancing a career in PR with an insatiable writing habit that spans more topics than she can count on her smaller-than-average hands. She's passionate about the media, women's rights and politics with a love of travel, culture, entertainment and all things lifestyle on the side. Interests include prolific online shopping (bit of a reputation in the office), musicals, dinosaurs (be honest, they're awesome) and tweeting anything and everything from @Welsh_PR