Critics of Beyoncé and her family are on notice: Beware of the Beyhive.
Rising star Megan Thee Stallion posted a photo of herself, Beyoncé, and Blue Ivy on both Instagram and Twitter, which was greeted with mostly positive reactions in the comments — except for a couple notable ones.
Vanity Fair film critic K. Austin Collins reacted to the photo in a since-deleted post: “I have a feeling the jay z face genes are about to really hit Blue Ivy and I feel so sorry for her.”
Digital editor for Harper’s, Violet Lucca, responded to Collins: “They haven’t already?” To which Collins wrote back, “You’re right. But she’s lucky — if it happens now, she’ll definitely grow out of it. Get the ugly duckling phase done early.”
Lucca chimed in again, “Or she’ll get plastic surgery at 16 a la Kylie Jenner, and we’ll all have to pretend that she always looked that way…I can’t allow myself to feel too sorry for the incredibly rich!”
The backlash was swift, and both Collins and Lucca have since apologized in tweets:
I’m sorry about the Blue Ivy tweet — bad joke, and black girls in particular deserve better.— k austin collins (@melvillmatic) January 2, 2020
Sorry I was cleaning my apartment while this blew up...children of famous ought to be off limits, but time and again they haven’t been. So I said something petty and have been called ugly, old, and a racist.— Violet Lucca (@unbuttonmyeyes) January 1, 2020
Yahoo readers also weighed in, with many agreeing that criticizing kids is a big no-no:
Roberto echoed the sentiment:
Beth wrote that Blue Ivy isn’t the one people should be criticizing in the photo, but rather Megan Thee Stallion and Beyoncé:
Steve disagreed, and said that famous people and their kids are fair game for critics:
And Kay said there’s nothing wrong with Blue Ivy looking like her famous father at all:
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