As an iconic American singer, Beyonce always assured her fans that her commitment and support to the LGBTQ+ community would not change in an era where rights for LGBTQ people have become fragile. It is no secret that the singer also strongly advocated marriage equality. Despite her direct support to the queer community, she is facing a huge backlash from the LGBTQ+ community over her recent big bang concert in Dubai.
The singer has returned to the stage for the first time in five years, but her performance in Dubai hasn’t been well received. Her appearance in Dubai in honor of the opening of Atlantis The Royal brought Queen Bey into the spotlight, but performing in Dubai became controversial since the city prohibits same-s*x relationships.
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Beyonce’s Father, Mathew Knowles, Defends Her Amid Backlash Over Her $24m Dubai Concert
In the wake of her extravagant $24M concert in Dubai last week, Beyonce‘s father, Mathew Knowles, 71, has come forward to defend his daughter as she has faced backlash from the LGBTQ+ community for failing their expectations. As a result of her concert at hotel Atlantis The Royal this past week, the 42-year-old singer has been slammed for failing to perform any of the songs from her new LGBTQ+ Renaissance album.
According to TMZ, her father, Knowles, expressed his pride in his daughter for uniting a diverse crowd with her incredible overseas performance.
Mathew Knowles said,
“Beyonce united a really diverse crowd with her incredible performance overseas, bringing people closer, as she does best.”
“People who weren’t at the show might not understand.. she gave respect and got respect back from the country, calling it an amazing moment. She has always stood for inclusiveness, and believes everyone was there for love, and she’d never do something to deliberately hurt someone.”
In addition, he revealed she is planning a tour in which she will perform songs from her recent album Renaissance. TMZ reported that the singer’s mother, Tina Knowles, praised her daughter’s performance after a long break and described her as nervous before her first big show, but that she pulled it off. However, she did not discuss much of the controversy swirling around.
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LGBTQ+ Community Backlash Against Beyonce: Why?
During her $24M concert in Dubai, Queen Bey steamed her way through her latest performance, leaving her fans divided on the subject. Since she is a major supporter of the LGBTQ+ community and the city is not supportive of the laws protecting same-s*x relationships, performing in Dubai has become a controversial matter for her. Despite performing in Dubai, she also failed to perform on the songs of her album Renaissance which was hailed by the queer community in 2022.
As a result of her whole performance, she started getting backlash from LGBTQ+ fans, mostly for the reason that she did not mention them at all in her huge return on stage. Members of the LGBTQ+ community have lauded her 2022 album, Renaissance, as the summer’s most important album. Before Queen Bey’s seventh studio album dropped, she dedicated it to her late gay uncle Jonny, her children and husband, and LGBTQ change-makers.
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