I hate to say Beyonce can't catch a break -- because really, she's like the biggest superstar in the world with a virtually untarnished reputation and a lovely family and she probably sleeps on a bed made of feather-lined gold ingots -- but based on two back-to-back RIDONCULOUS controversies, I'll go out on a limb and say she's "having a streak of mildly bad luck." First there was LipSyncGate, which was a silly thing for the public to get worked up over. And now we have these seven photos from her Super Bowl halftime show that are supposedly so "unflattering," her publicist removed them from Getty and asked Buzzfeed to remove them from their website.
What makes them so unflattering, you ask? Did Beyonce secretly sneak aside to club a moist-eyed harp seal between moves, or was she caught shoveling Funyuns in her food-hole at some point? Not exactly. In fact, I don't think anyone would have thought twice about these particular images if her publicist didn't describe them as "the worst."
So here's what happened: Buzzfeed published one of their signature round-up pieces titled "The 33 Fiercest Moments from Beyonce's Halftime Show." That's when they got an email from one of Beyonce's PR agents:
As discussed, there are some unflattering photos on your current feed that we are respectfully asking you to change. I am certain you will be able to find some better photos.
The worst are #5, 6, 10, 11, 12, 19, and 22.
Buzzfeed being, well, Buzzfeed, they not only published the email, but re-posted those specific images. You know, the WORST ones.
If you look at the images, I guess there are a few that are a little awkward, because they're from high-speed, high-quality cameras that perfectly freeze-framed her in the midst of what was undoubtedly a fierce move. I mean, there are some odd facial expressions in there, but I'm mostly drawn to what a rockin' body Beyonce has. If it wasn't completely apparent as she strutted onstage, these images show with clarity just how diesel she really is. I'm talking visible muscle striation, Beyonce is TIGHT. Jesus, if I were caught mid-motion like that, I'd look like a giant flapping bowl of Jello. Watch it wiggle, see it jiggle!
In my opinion, Beyonce exudes confidence and athleticism in those "unflattering" photos. Her publicist is a complete fool for calling them out, and she must have never heard of Buzzfeed before, because it's hardly that website's style to meekly acquiesce. Thanks to one bumbling PR move, the images have gone viral -- and, of course, Buzzfeed has gleefully followed up with "The Best of the Internet's Response to Beyonce's 'Unflattering' Photos."
It's a bad day to be Beyonce's photo publicist. In fact, I might go so far as to say it might be "the worst."
Do you think the images are really that bad?
Image via Ezra Shaw/Getty