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There are two sides to every argument! Lauren R.D. Fox argued on the side of Bey’s attempts to strictly control her image. Here’s CAP’s opposite take on the issue. What do you think?
There are so many things we don’t know about our girl Beyoncé, but the one thing we do know is that she certainly likes to be in control of it all. One might even call her a control freak. First Mrs. Carter fired her manager and father in 2011 so she could have full control over her career. Then in 2012 after the birth of baby Blue Ivy, the Carters sought legal control over baby Blue’s name by unsuccessfully attempting to get the name trademarked. Now, in 2013, Bey has shut out professional photographers from her Mrs. Carter tour to prevent the release of unflattering photos.
At the Super Bowl Half Time show earlier this year Beyoncé gave us some of her fiercest moves and most unflattering faces, which were posted all over the Internet to Bey’s dismay. Beyoncé’s publicist made a request for the photos to be removed, but this clearly fell on deaf ears since, to this day, you can do a quick Google search and easily find the many faces of Beyoncé during the Half Time show.
Ok Bey. We get it. You’re successful, beautiful, and borderline perfect and you don’t want any photos released that convey otherwise. But it’s starting to get to the point that you come off a bit neurotic, shallow, and narcissistic. We have all seen what you look like all dolled up for the photogs, but it actually adds a human element to actually see you making oogly faces just like the rest of us when we are throwing down our best moves on the dance floor.
For me, even with all her fame and grace, Bey has always seemed like an Every Girl that says “Aww Snap!” when her favorite song comes on, high fives you when you tell her how you told some heffa off, and ties an old scarf on her head before she goes to bed just like the rest of us. She just happens to also be ridiculously gorgeous and talented. But being so concerned about a few pictures that were released following the Super Bowl that people paid about five seconds of attention to and certainly didn’t overshadow her awesome performance on game day makes me think she is not as down to earth as I thought she was.
Also, this professional photographers ban seems a bit absurd since the iPhone takes photos just fine. If not the professionals, fans will certainly still be snapping away. I have already seen several pictures from the Mrs. Cater tour on Instagram from just about every show she’s done so far.
Beyoncé has made it clear that we will only get access to what she wants us to have access to. Even if she has to take every camera and camcorder up out any room she enters. And I understand that no one wants a less than becoming photo floating around and that she has built up an empire off her voice and image. But she may want to take a moment to think about the message she is sending by being so obsessed with the photos that hit the Web. This girl really needs to lighten up and stop taking herself so seriously sometimes!
I really hope that her fear of taking a bad picture doesn’t prevent her from GIVING IT in her dance routines at her concert because I, for one, am looking forward to seeing all those ugly faces when I hit the Mrs. Carter Show World Tour this summer.
The Donald Is Trippin’ Again: According To Trump Beyoncé’s ‘Suggestive’ Halftime Performance Was Scandalous
It’s not surprising at all that big-mouthed billionaire, Donald Trump expressed his opinion on Beyoncé Knowles-Carter’s highly anticipated Super Bowl halftime show performance, as he seems to have no qualms with voicing his unsolicited opinions about any and everything. What was a bit surprising however, was how he felt about the performance. In a February 6th interview with Howard Stern, he expressed that he believed Bey’s performance to be inappropriate, but not before stating how much he likes her husband, Jay-Z.
“I like Jay-Z a lot, but I will tell you this, at the Super Bowl when Beyonce was thrusting her hips forward in a very suggestive manner, if someone else would have done that it would have been a national scandal. I thought it was ridiculous … I thought it was not appropriate.”
He went on to state that he felt as though he was one of few that took notice of her distasteful performance and how he couldn’t understand it because people have been ripped to shreds for less.
“I’ve seen things for far less that people have made a big deal out of, but I haven’t even heard anybody mention it. I think I may be mentioning it now to you for the first time… The way the ‘so and so’ was thrust forward continuously, I was saying “Give me a break”. There’s been no mention of [her scandalous behavior]. So obviously, it must not have been so bad. She gets a pass.”
Umm, thanks for your two cents Trump.
What do you think of his reaction to Bey’s halftime performance? Did you find it to be inappropriate at all?
Jazmine Denise is a news writer for Madame Noire. Follow her on Twitter @jazminedenise.
Last night I desperately wanted to tweet, “has anybody seen Keyshia Cole tonight,” but I didn’t. Because I thought that would be rude. And I think before I tweet (mostly). But after seeing the foolery that was going on on Keysh’s timeline, I feel like I would have been justified saying whatever the heck I wanted. See for yourself:
Confused what the heck Keyshia Cole was on — again? So is just about every other person on Twitter who went in on her for the second Sunday in a row. I would have thought last week’s Twitter lashing would have been enough for the singer, who is soon about to fade into social media oblivion and become more popular for her tweets than her tracks, to get her act together, but she essentially invited the backlash this week.
See before that “hello” everyone was chilling, including Keyshia. Then for whatever reason — like a child who throws a tantrum in the middle of the grocery store because they aren’t being paid enough attention — she decided to rile up the masses and bring up last week’s business. And then have the nerve to ask “ya’ll still mad?” I think a better question would be “You’re still thirsty?”
And as far as her staying on people’s minds, it’s more like Michelle stays on hers. I’ve never seen someone go so far out of their way to repeatedly shade someone a week after the fact. I think @quietbut_DEADLY summed up Keyshia’s motive perfectly: “You’re tending now. Happy?” Keyshia should remember tweets don’t equal dollars. If she wants to keep eating and not go back to buying Steve Madden’s to wear on the red carpet she might wanna chill. One hundred thousand doesn’t go that far
Besides getting busy in the boxing ring, one thing everyone knows about Floyd Mayweather is that he loves making money and showing it off.
However, he’s now suing a New Orleans wine bistro for using his name as well as the Money Team name – his crew which includes Justin Bieber, his girlfriend Miss Jackson and possibly still 50 Cent – to lure in patrons and getting pretty big pay off during Super Bowl weekend.
In the lawsuit, Mayweather says The Wine Bistro advertised everywhere that he and the Money Team would be hosting a party with DJ Drama on February 1st. The problem is that Mayweather says neither he nor anyone from the Money Team agreed on any such appearance for the establishment. He is concerned that they made lots of money from his name and his fans will be upset with him for not appearing.
Part of the reason it seems Mayweather would not have ever appeared at this place is because he says he makes upwards of $100,000 per appearance and it’s very possible that The Wine Bistro would not have been able to afford that.
He’s asking that they not ever use his name and also for a lot of money, although the actual dollar amount has not been revealed.
You know what? We can’t even be mad at Floyd for this one. Sure, he’s cocky and extravagant but when your name is being used to make a profit and you don’t see any of it (not to mention you didn’t agree to it), it makes sense that he would take legal action. Many celebrities will take to their social media accounts to just debunk any rumors about them making appearances but they won’t take it any further if word that they will be appearing has already gone past their reach.
There’s been no response from The Wine Bar.
We’re certain by now you’ve heard about the email Beyonce’s publicist, Yvette Noel-Schure, sent to BuzzFeed earlier this week asking them to take down photos the Bey machine deemed unflattering, and in response BuzzFeed decided to highlight the seven pics in an entirely new post. Everyone, particularly the non-Beylievers, got a good laugh out of that, but Baddie Bey and Yvette got the last one because Getty has now taken down the images so that no one can even purchase them anymore and try to put Bey on blast again.
Gawker did a little investigative reporting and noticed five of the seven pics in question are now MIA from the image agency. The two that remain are the inner-thigh, almost crotch shot and another of her standard, “I’m about to pop my back so hard you’d think it was gonna go out” moves. And of course Gawker found some more images that one could say are equally unflattering — if you actually thought the others were — that are free of charge because, as they say, “that is how the Internet works.”
I guess we could say yay for Bey, but I think her and Yvette’s reaction to these pics has been about as over the top as her moves on stage, to say the least. I freak out if a busted picture of me pops up on Facebook but that’s because I don’t have 275,000 others to balance it out. I also get annoyed because it’s usually pic in which I was actually trying to look cute and the result was “try again.” Beyonce was dancing — to put it mildly — in these photos, i.e. getting it, and to be honest these shots capture just how hard she was going. She can’t possibly expect every capture to be a glamor shot pop, locking, and dropping it like that! And when I look at these pics I don’t think eww, I think, “Get it B!”
I know we’re supposed to believe King Bey’s superhuman and all but I want them to let the reigns go just a tad. You can’t be 120% manufactured perfection all the time. Besides, you’re now giving the likes of Kanye Westan excuse to demand Getty take down pics of him in his Givenchy skirt during the Hurricane Sandy relief all because Lord Jamar put out a diss track about him looking a mess. What you say? (Not to me) He is a Divvvvvaaaaaaaaa!
This is a trend I’m not trying to see more of.
Do you think Beyonce and her people are justified in having those pics removed or are they overreacting?
With iconic wax figure-making Madame Tussauds, a lot of the celebrities that are immortalized in wax can be a huge hit or a miss, but the four new figures made to honor Whitney Houston are all on point. So much so that it’s kind of creepy…
Made in London, the four figures, which cost $1.2 million to make, are all an ode to some of Whitney’s most iconic moments, including her 1991 Super Bowl performance of the national anthem, a version of the singer dressed as she was in the video, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody,” her role as Rachel Marron in The Bodyguard, and a figure that is supposed to be Houston wearing a gold dress for a photo shoot for her final album in 2009. This is the first time in about 200 years that Madame Tussauds has made multiple figures at one time for the same person, and all four of these bad boys are going to different cities.
You can catch Super Bowl Whitney whenever you’re at the Madame Tussauds in Washington D.C., the “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” figure in Las Vegas, Bodyguard Whitney in Hollywood, and Whitney in all her gold sequin glory in New York. They will be doing a big reveal here in NYC today.
In a statement to Madame Tussauds, Whitney’s sister-in-law and manager, Pat Houston, said that the idea to honor Whitney’s career and do so at almost one year since her death was something they knew her fans would appreciate. “We were extremely honored when Madame Tussauds approached us about doing four figures of Whitney from different points in her 30-year career. This is something we are excited to do for the fans.”
So what do you think of the wax figures? I personally think they’re fabulous and spot on, especially the one in the gold dress and Whitney at the Super Bowl, but how about you? Let us know below! And get more information on her figures at Madame Tussauds’ website.
“I Don’t Care What Anybody Else Says”: Michelle Williams Discusses Sunday’s Halftime Performance, And Her Critics
After a whirlwind weekend reuniting with Kelly and Beyoncé to bring Destiny’s Child back to the masses on Super Bowl Sunday, the very gracious Michelle Williams is in good and positive spirits. This is good news seeing as so many people, including Keyshia Cole leading the pack, were criticizing Williams’ performance during the show as being stiff compared to Kelly and Bey, that she looked unhappy, and as Cole would say, she was “f****N up the groove.” But Williams only has good things to say about her time back on the big stage with her girls, telling Billboard that rumors that she wasn’t happy to be back performing with them and that she couldn’t pull her weight were false.
“Oh the Super Bowl was beautiful! When three good girlfriends are together, you’re free and you don’t care who’s around; you’re just trying to catch up and be goofy. I had a blast. People at home watching… they don’t catch the moments where, like in the ‘Charlie’s Angels’ pose, I was smiling. We were all smiling. I was laughing with my girls. I don’t care what anybody else says. I don’t let it get me down. It was a beautiful thing.”
She also posted on her Facebook page, stating the importance of women supporting one another before lauding the performances of Alicia Keys and Jennifer Hudson, who sang the national anthem and “America the Beautiful” on Sunday.
“It was an honor to share the stage with my sisters Kelly Rowland and Beyoncé on Sunday night. To all my ladies, we must learn to stick together and support each other. The incredible Alicia Keys and Jennifer Hudson did an amazing job too! Thank you to my sister Beyonce for sharing your moment with Destiny’s Child. Love you!”
So there you have it, Michelle isn’t sweating the small stuff, especially since she’s got steady work coming in, including touring with “Fela!” and finishing up on her fourth solo album, a gospel composition, to be released later this year. But with everybody extra crunk about the ladies recently putting out the compilation album, Love Songs, and reuniting on stage, Billboard decided to ask if the ladies would be reuniting once again soon musically. She seemed optimistic, saying, “Who knows. It’s a possibility. I think this was a good moment, and it felt good for all of us and you definitely want those moments again.” Check out her full interview about her new album and kicking it with DC once again via Billboard.
What do you think of her response? And what did you make of her performance on Sunday?
“Oh-Hay, Have You Sheen?” 10 Of The Best, WORST And Most Head-Scratch Worthy National Anthem Performances EVER
It’s not an easy feat to sing the “Star Spangled Banner” for big games and events. For years, the top singers and performers have been trying their best at it, and while many have been amazing, others…? Not so much. And after watching Alicia Keys try something different with her rendition of the national anthem this past Sunday, we thought we’d go through some of the best of the best, the hottest of the messes and the performances that piqued our interest for different unique reasons. And boy was it fun! Check out these 10 takes on the national anthem and decide if you agree with us about who killed it, who should have sat down somewhere, and who made us think a stepper’s jam version of the “Star Spangled Banner” wouldn’t be so bad…
And no, Roseanne Barr is not on this list because she HAD to be joking…
One Of The Best
In 2002, with her long blonde hair and tiny frame, Mimi stepped on the stage and killed the national anthem (in a good way of course). Her notes were on point (especially the very high one she did when she sang “freeeeeeeeee”), and with the dramatic music done in the background by the band, it was just perfect. And it wouldn’t be a Mariah Carey performance without her signature hand movements. It’s one of the few renditions of the “Star Spangled Banner” that I can listen to as if it’s an actual top 10 hit on the radio.
We all know why companies like to advertise during the Super Bowl? The mega exposure means a boost in product sales.
The same holds true for the performers. Beyonce and Destiny’s Child saw a surge in record sales after the memorable halftime show.
According to Billboard, Beyonce’s digital album sales increased 230 percent; Destiny’s Child’s jumped a whopping 600 percent in the week ending February 3.
Destiny’s Child saw a big boost also due in part to sales of the group’s brand new “Love Songs” compilation, released last Tuesday. The compilation features one new recording, “Nuclear.” And, says Billboard the sales gains are also helped by discount pricing in both the iTunes and Amazon MP3 stores, which discounted key earlier titles from Beyonce and Destiny’s Child to $7.99. On iTunes, the products were marked down to between $5 and $7.99.
But “in terms of digital song sales, Beyonce’s grew by an estimated 85% while Destiny Child’s rose by over 300%,” says the article.
And it stands to reason that Beyonce’s biggest selling song of the week was “Halo,” which closed her eight-song halftime set. Surprisingly however the biggest Destiny’s Child song of the week so far is “Say My Name,” which was not one of the songs from their halftime medley.
This is all preliminary data; the week’s official Nielsen SoundScan sales figures for Beyonce and Destiny’s Child will be released on February 6. Admit it. You bought it didn’t you?
We all know King, Queen, or whatever she’s calling herself these days, Bey killed the Halftime Show during the Super Bowl Sunday night, but are we the only ones who were expecting a little something…different? Expectations are always super high whenever Beyonce hits the stage, so we may have gotten just a bit carried away with ourselves, but here are five things we wish Baddie Bey would’ve done during her show.