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Beyoncé receives backlash from LGBTQIA+ fans over Dubai performance

TV personality, actress and LGBT activist Ts Madison chimes in
Beyoncé receives backlash from LGBTQIA+ fans over Dubai performance
Beyoncé (Photo credit: Bang Media)

Beyoncé recently headlined a private concert in Dubai, receiving $24 million in just one weekend. The show was held at the hotel Atlantis The Royal. Clips of her performing some of her greatest hits circulated on the internet immediately following the performance, including a clip with her and Blue Ivy performing “Brown Skin Girl.”

After a four-year hiatus from performing, the Beyoncé concert brought out celebrities such as Nia Long, Chloe Bailey, Halle Bailey, DDG, Letitia Wright, Terrence J and more.

Overall, the weekend received great reviews, but some of her LGBTQIA+ fans were not pleased that she accepted a concert gig in the United Arab Emirates. Homosexuality is known to be illegal in the UAE and is also punishable by death.

Despite this fact, some LGBTQIA+ fans were hoping she would perform new songs from her album Renaissance, which has multiple queer references. Some members shared on social media that she “sold out” by performing in the homophobic city.

Adding another perspective, TMZ interviewed TV personality, actress and LGBT activist Ts Madison, who had an opposing viewpoint.

“Who is mad at Beyoncé? Who? Who? — Beyoncé is a superstar, and she gets paid to perform all over the world. People go to Dubai for many different reasons, and LGBTQIA+ [people] go to Dubai for a lot of those reasons. Beyoncé went there for some of those same reasons. She went there to make money,” Madison argued.

“Everybody that loves Beyoncé, and everybody that knows Beyoncé, knows that Beyoncé loves the community. [She] not just loves the community, but she dedicated an entire album [to them] — which is like the album of the year to her fans and the people that she loves,” Madison stated. “So, I personally saw it as she went and got her bag. I wouldn’t say she sold out because she loves her fans.”

She further explained, “But I want to ask any of those folks over there if they were given $24 million — any one of those girls who put on their wigs, hair, makeup and lashes would run right over there to the Atlantis hotel and [would have] gotten their [money] and come right on back home.

Several social media users also chimed in.

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