Ionsey’s private concert in Dubai on Sunday to mark the opening of a luxury hotel has drawn criticism from some fans.
In her first live performance since 2018, the singer performed for 90 minutes at Atlantis The Royal for a reported fee of £19.4 million ($24 million), opening with her cover of Etta James’ At Last.
Dressed in a variety of vibrant costumes, Beyoncé sang hits including Crazy in Love, Naughty Girl, Halo and XO, and even her 11-year-old daughter, Blue Ivy, joined her to sing Brown Skin Girl.
From Kendall Jenner and Letitia Wright to Ellen Pompeo and Rebel Wilson, the guest list was packed with A-listers.
However, Beyoncé chose to perform in the Emirates, which has strict laws against same-sex relationships, just months after her latest album, Renaissance, was celebrated for honoring black queer culture and drew inspiration from the LGBTQ+ icon. was met with divided reactions from his fans. ,
Dubai is a part of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which has strict laws against homosexuality.
Most recently, during the 2022 World Cup, Qatar was heavily criticized and boycotted by some for its attitudes towards the LGBTQ+ community.
David Beckham, who worked with the Qatari government to advertise the World Cup, was publicly criticized not only by his fans but also by famous names such as comedian Joe Lycett.
In the aftermath, many pointed out the hypocrisy of recognizing some stars for collaborating with countries with discriminatory laws and not others.
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK star Kitty Scott-Kloss took to Twitter to comment on the matter: “Hi I have a question.. Can someone please explain why everyone was canceling David Beckham for the other months , but now celebrating Beyoncé to perform in Dubai?” One rule for one and one rule for the other?”
Some agreed with the sentiment, with one Twitter user sharing: “I have to say this. Beyoncé, you let us down. Realizing an album steeped in gay culture, then getting paid millions to perform in Dubai.” .
Another added: “Why is no one talking about the fact that (Beyoncé) took a gig in Dubai? Where being gay is punishable by death? Why does she get off with it because it’s (Beyoncé)? Does he really need the money so badly? c b a
However, others have stated that Beyoncé’s case is different from Beckham’s because Beckham was cooperating with the Qatari government and Beyoncé was working with a private company.
A fan shared her thoughts, tweeting: “It’s simple. One was getting paid to dance and sing and the other was actively promoting a nation with extremely homophobic and sexist views that was using slave/immigrant labor for an international program they were promoting.
Another person seemed to agree with this view, posting: “Beckham struck a deal with the government of a country that legislated against LGBTQ+ people to make a tournament ‘all welcome’ while Beyoncé held a private Made a deal with a hotel for the show. Where LGBTQ+ people are present and welcome.”
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