beyoncé's mom, tina lawson, defends her daughter from so-called 'social media terrorists'

Beyoncé’s Mom, Tina Lawson, Defends Her Daughter From So-Called ‘Social Media Terrorists’

Beyoncé may have one of the most passionate and loyal fanbases around, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t have detractors. Thankfully, she has her mom, Tina Lawson, to help her stand her ground against critics.

After announcing her new project, Black Is King, late last month, most people rejoiced at the thought of a new Queen Bey Project. Unfortunately, there were some people with criticisms, which caused Beyoncé’s mom to speak out on her daughter’s behalf.

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After releasing the trailer for Black Is King, which appears to be a sort of “visual album” based on her 2019 soundtrack to the live-action The Lion King remake, some social media users began sharing their criticisms of Beyoncé. Some of the criticism was centered around Beyoncé’s use of African imagery despite the fact she has never officially toured Africa and, according to some, has not worked with enough collaborators who are actually African. In short, the criticisms boiled down to appropriation and exploiting an unfair system for profit.

Social Media Users Criticize Beyoncé

Here is a sampling of some of the criticisms users tweeted after Black Is King was announced.

The criticism seemed to reach its peak when rapper and activist Noname chimed in, referring specifically to the Black Is King trailer. “the idea that blk americans are only legitimate human subjects because we are descendants of ‘kings and queens’ is ahistorical and continues to push capitalist logic,” Noname said in a tweet addressing the issue. “most africans werent royalty and thats ok. beyonce is great but she got rich from a system that exploits the many.”

Beyoncé’s Mom, Tina Lawson, Issues Statements About Bey’s Latest Critics

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@_alphaa_ (Twitter handle) you could not have said it better. It’s really sad that the women who shout the loudest “protect the black woman” that they are the ones that are trying to tear her down. Sisters wake up!!!! Beyonce was taught from a little girl to lift other women up not to tear them down. She minds her own business , does not criticize anyone, Gives of her time and money , and dedicates her art to Boldly show the Royalty and beauty of our heritage and journey ! Her work is to change the narrative! To show that we did not start off as slaves , but that we were kings and queens before we were forced into slavery . Don’t you want to see something that shows that ! Aren’t you sick and tired Of seeing us as slaves ! She employs African and African-American people , fights for many “first” in the fashion and film world . Take an inventory of yourself and your hate . Where is it coming from ? I ask you to examine your heart and really take a look at what your motive is and what it’s fueled by! Then take that energy critiquing, and tearing down and put it to into an action that is fighting against the systemic racism that is going on right now and has been going on forever . The time that you take to tear her down you could be using that time to do that!! Critique and tear down the systems that hurt and suppress us. Use your social media platform to work on getting people out to vote to change the laws critique the frigging laws!! Stop being a social media terrorist to the wrong people ! Redirect that passion for change in that !!! Use your energy and great intelligence to fight people who choose to be oppressors. Beyonce is not your enemy!! But you would swear that she was! I love what this post said which is the honest to God truth. She sold more records before lemonade. I have one question for you too that I’m confused about “how do you appropriate the black culture when you are black?? “She has a right to her heritage as well as anyone else in the world. Just consider young sisters i love you????????????????❤️❤️ and brothers thankyou for your balance and speaking up. ????????❤️

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In one of several Instagram posts on the topic she has made since criticism began bubbling up, Beyoncé’s mom, Tina Lawson, spoke out in defense of her daughter.

“t’s really sad that the women who shout the loudest ‘protect the black woman’ that they are the ones that are trying to tear her down,” Lawson begins her caption, which is included on a screenshot of a tweet that also speaks in defense of Bey.

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#Repost @hova_bey.carter with @get_repost ・・・ Joshua and Blitz are Ghanaian, KC is Nigerian, Hannah worked on Lemonade with B, Trevor is South African…There's way, way more involved in the making of Black Is King but my point in posting this is simply that those who are criticizing the film (before they even see it) saying it's unauthentic, upset that B doesn't actually go to Africa or say that Bey is simply using African cultures for gain are wrong because 1. She makes less with her Afrocentric content. 2. She's actually taken the time studied African costumes and such and didn't just throw this together. She's worked with actual African dancers, film makers, directors etc on this project so for some African Americans and Africans to say it's a facade is truly discrediting the work of their own people. 3. While people whine about her not touring in Africa yet beg for more African representation in entertainment but are mad that they're getting it from one the world's greatest stars is strange to me. They'd rather have B come and they spend their money for a show once or twice every few years rather than have someone of African descent work with African creatives to create art that celebrates them that will last forever and it be done at no cost to them.) #Beyonce #Beyoncé #BeyonceKnowles #BeyonceKnowlesCarter #QueenB #MrsCarter #Jayz #jigga #jiggaman #Hov #Hova #KingHova #ShawnCarter #TheCarters #beyonceandjayz #Jayonce #MrCarter #JayZandBeyonce #beyhive???? #hovandb #JayandB #african #nigeria #blackexcellence #heritage #ghana #africa #director #

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“Sisters wake up!!!! Beyonce was taught from a little girl to lift other women up not to tear them down. She minds her own business, does not criticize anyone, Gives of her time and money, and dedicates her art to Boldly show the Royalty and beauty of our heritage and journey! Her work is to change the narrative! To show that we did not start off as slaves, but that we were kings and queens before we were forced into slavery. Don’t you want to see something that shows that! Aren’t you sick and tired Of seeing us as slaves!”

Lawson goes on to argue that Beyoncé employs African and African-American people and has generally been a trailblazer when it comes to fighting for representation within the music, film, and fashion industries. She then encourages detractors to spend the time they’re spending critiquing Beyoncé to fighting the oppressive systems and racism that is occupying much of American’s attention at the moment.

“Stop being a social media terrorist to the wrong people,” Beyoncé’s mom says.

“Stop being a social media terrorist to the wrong people! Redirect that passion for change in that!!!,” she continues. “Use your energy and great intelligence to fight people who choose to be oppressors. Beyonce is not your enemy!! But you would swear that she was! I love what this post said which is the honest to God truth.”

In separate posts also shared to her Instagram, Lawson also refuted that Beyoncé does not work with African collaborators on her music and projects. She also claims that Beyoncé makes less money on her more political/race-conscious projects, such as Lemonade, and that therefore the argument that she is “capitalizing” on anything is invalid.

She also encouraged critics to make their own movie if they are displeased with Beyoncé’s. There’s always that option, yes.

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