Beyoncé's mother faces racist criticism of the artist

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Beyoncé’s mother faces racist criticism of the artist

Beyoncé presented her film Renaissance Tour at a premiere in Los Angeles this weekend. The artist, who will bring one of the concerts from her latest tour to cinemas around the world, attended the event just a few days before the film’s premiere in the United States (it won’t arrive in Spain until December 21). However, her simple appearance has made her the subject of racist criticism.

After the publication of the first photos of the artist on the red carpet, some publications began to go viral on social networks in which she was accused of wanting to change her appearance to look like a “white woman.” The controversy, which seemed like it was not going to be addressed by Beyoncé, finally led her mother, Tina Knowles, to issue a statement through Instagram defending her daughter.

“I came across this today and I decided to write about it after seeing so many stupid, ignorant and racist hate-filled statements against her, lightening her skin and wearing platinum hair for wanting to be white,” begins Tina Knowles after showing a video on the that negative comments are read towards the singer. «She makes a movie, called Renaissance, where the whole theme is silver, with platinum hair, a silver carpet and where silver clothes were requested… and you idiots decide that she is trying to be a white woman and that she is bleaching her skin ? “How sad it is that some of her own people continue with that stupid narrative of hate and jealousy,” she continues.

Beyoncé’s mother focuses, above all, on the black people who have joined the criticism against the artist: “Yes, you idiots who are lying on social networks, pretending and acting as if you were ignorant and did not understand that black women have worn platinum hair since the days of Etta James. I’ve looked up all those beautiful and talented black celebrities who have worn platinum hair and it’s been basically all of them, at one time or another. Are they trying to be black? Knowles reflects. «I know she’s going to be mad at me for this, but I’m fed up. This girl mind her own business. She helps people whenever she can. “She always uplifts and supports black women and the underdog,” she says in the statement.

The premiere of Beyoncé’s film was attended by Lizzo, Kelly Rowland, Michelle Williams, Janelle Monáe, Chloe and Halle Bailey, among others. However, what caused the most talk on social media in the following days was the artist’s skin tone, which caused Tina Knowles’ final reaction.

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