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Is Beyoncé betraying the LGBTQ+ group along with her first live performance in 4 years?


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Beyoncé carried out her first reside present in additional than 4 years in an unique, invite-only live performance in Dubai.

The Grammy-winning star, who final carried out reside in December 2018, gave a 1 hour+ efficiency on Saturday (21 January), full with fireworks, to assist launch town’s new luxurious resort: The Atlantis Royal.

Attendees included her mother and father, husband Jay-Z and her three youngsters, in addition to celeb company (Kendall Jenner, Ellen Pompeo, Winston Duke, Letitia Wright), influencers and enterprise individuals.

Attendees weren’t allowed to report video or take images of the live performance. Nonetheless, footage has began showing on-line.

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Beyoncé kicked off her bombastic and theatrical 17-song set by singing her model of Etta James’ ‘At Final,’ which she additionally sang throughout Barack Obama’s first dance with Michelle Obama on the night time of his inauguration in 2009.

Her daughter, Blue Ivy, 11, obtained loud applause from the group when she got here on stage to carry out the sixth track of the setlist ‘Brown Pores and skin Lady,’ the mother-daughter collaboration monitor that gained a Grammy Award in 2021.

“The place are all my brown pores and skin women? Give it up for my child, my brown pores and skin woman, Miss Blue Ivy Carter,” Beyoncé stated.

A touching second, however one misplaced in controversy, as Queen Bey’s return wasn’t to everybody’s liking, leaving some followers disillusioned…

The reportedly $24 million payday for Beyoncé didn’t embody any songs from her newest, Grammy-nominated 2022 “**Renaissance**” album — a love letter to bounce music and a celebration of homosexual tradition.

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The situation didn’t sit properly with a few of Beyoncé’s fanbase, who’ve identified a sure hypocrisy at celebrating the LGBTQ group whereas turning a blind eye to advertise a rustic the place same-sex relationships are unlawful and punishable by imprisonment or demise.

Bev Jackson, co-founder of LGB Alliance stated the efficiency “casts a shadow over her help for lesbians and homosexual individuals”.

“Beyoncé is a big icon for a lot of homosexual individuals. LGB Alliance is deeply disillusioned that Beyoncé has agreed to present a profitable live performance in Dubai, the place same-sex intercourse acts are a legal offence, probably punishable by demise,” she stated in a latest interview to The Telegraph.

The Beyhive took to Twitter to specific their disappointment.

One fan wrote: “If you’re that wealthy… largely, if not fully, by means of the fierce loyalty of LGBTQ+ followers – what sum of money is just too a lot to show all the way down to carry out in a homophobic nation?”

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“Beyoncé isn’t a LGBTQ+ ally when she’s performing for cash in Dubai and she or he actually doesn’t want a penny of it” wrote one other fan.

“So wait, lemme get this straight,” one person stated. “Beyonce comes out with a complete album devoted to the LGBTQ group after which goes to carry out for the primary time in years in Dubai?! The identical Dubai that’s vehemently homophobic…?”

Others chimed in:

“beyoncé dedicates renaissance to her homosexual uncle then performs in dubai LOL fuck you woman. y’all a bit of too quiet about this.”

“Are you all forgetting that Dubai is among the most homophonic locations on the earth and all you gays are lapping up #Beyonce …..she’s getting paid 24 million kilos to carry out for a bunch of homophobic twats. She’s not a idol of mines.”

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“i’ve to say it. beyoncé, you’ve allow us to down. realising an album steeped in homosexual tradition, then getting paid thousands and thousands to carry out in dubai.”

“why is nobody speaking about the truth that beyonce took a gig in DUBAI? the place being homosexual is punishable by demise? why does she get off with it cos it’s beyonce? does she actually need cash that unhealthy? Cba”

“Beyonce not performing songs from #Renaissance in Dubai, the place beheading homosexual individuals is supported, doesn’t excuse her latest blunder of performing for $ after appropriating our tradition. She SHOULD HAVE carried out latest songs to MAKE A STATEMENT!!”

Beyoncé joins a sizeable listing of artists and queer icons who’ve carried out in Dubai: Madonna, Girl Gaga, Kylie Minogue, and Elton John. Followers have lobbied artists to cancel live shows within the UAE and Saudi Arabia over the nations’ human rights violations.

Beyoncé’s efficiency additionally comes after David Beckham obtained a lot criticism for selling the World Cup in Qatar.

Kitty Scott-Claus, a contestant on RuPaul’s Drag Race UK, wrote on Twitter:

“Can somebody clarify why everybody was cancelling David Beckham the opposite month however now celebrating Beyoncé for performing in Dubai? One rule for one and one for one more?”

Beyoncé additionally drew some fan ire when she carried out a personal New 12 months’s Eve live performance in St Barts for the son of Colonel Gaddafi in 2010. She was reportedly paid $2 million for the gig and her publicist later stated the price was donated to Haitian earthquake help reduction.

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Elsewhere, a number of different stars have pulled out of doubtless problematic gigs through the years, together with Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas, who cancelled their North Carolina tour dates within the US over a legislation referred to as ‘Anti-LGBT’, and Nicki Minaj cancelled her present at Jeddah World Fest in Saudi Arabia in 2019.

As not too long ago as December 2022, former Spice Ladies Melanie “Sporty Spice” Chisholm pulled out of a New 12 months’s Eve live performance in Poland after being made conscious of points “that don’t align with the communities I help.”

Homosexuality has been authorized in Poland since 1932, however same-sex marriage and civil unions usually are not acknowledged and it’s unlawful for same-sex {couples} to undertake youngsters. Her transfer to cancel was praised by the LGBTQ group. 

The identical couldn’t be stated of Justin Bieber, who carried out on the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix in 2021, regardless of campaigners calling on him to cancel.

Basic entry reside dates for Beyoncé’s Renaissance tour are but to be introduced.


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