While walking the red carpet at Tuesday night's Tidal X: 1020 Benefit Concert at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, Beyoncé wore one of her most scandalous gowns yet. Featuring an extreme plunging neckline and thigh-high slit, the oxblood gown required an assistant of its own just to ensure it didn't fall off her body in one of the 100,000 ways it could easily do so. Beyoncé's stylist and assistant followed her on the red carpet and fussed with her dress, even as photographers tried to snap away. But as a video taken at the event shows, after what seemed like a bit too much picking and prodding, Queen Bey wasn't having it. While still sporting a million watt smile for paparazzi, she told her assistant to "stop it," prompting the young woman to quickly step aside and give the singer her moment in the spotlight.
Although I want to cringe for the assistant, who was only doing her job, I think the incident has been blown out of proportion by the media and folks on Twitter and other social media sites, some of whom are suggesting Bey's dive-like attitude is too much to handle. Some are calling her a fake and a phony because she has the ability to nicely tell someone to get lost without losing her cool in public — a trait that a lot of people would benefit from in their lives.
Let's put this into perspective.
Here's Beyoncé on the red carpet telling her assistant to "stop it" as she attempts to fix her gown or keep her from falling out of it:
It isn't unusual to see wardrobe assistants and stylists on the red carpet, often times holding the trains of stars' gowns or offering help if they, say, accidentally rip their dress prior to going on stage. But it's rare to see one walk with the celeb in front of cameras, with makes me question whether Beyoncé really was a second away from a wardrobe malfunction. If that was the case, I sure hope the star took a minute after the event to thank her stylist for saving her boobs.
Here are some of the reactions on Twitter:
Now, it would have been polite of Beyoncé to say, "please stop." But she didn't. She also didn't tell the assistant to "f*ck off," which really would have given everyone something to talk about. So, she was neither super courteous, nor a total jerk, but instead landed somewhere in the middle. Nothing too surprising about that.
As for her ever-present smile, you can consider it an example of how Bey isn't real or whatever, but I don't believe that's the case. Maybe Beyoncé has learned, after many years in the business, that she has to have a game face in public; that it's part of her job as a celebrity. She reminds me a lot of a classic Hollywood star, someone who didn't feel the need to put everything in her life out there for public consumption. Back in the day, celebs kept a great deal of their private lives under wrap, allowing them to craft the perfect image to help further their careers. Beyoncé clearly knows when it's in her best interests to express herself (mostly through her songs or when she is getting paid to do so) and understands what it takes to keep the media off her tail.
And, besides, can you even imagine the bad publicity she'd get if she so much as scowled at her assistant while asking her to take her hands off of her body? She's damned if she does and damned if she doesn't.