CMAs Under Fire For Temporarily Deleting Beyonce From Their Socials
Beyonce made a surprise appearance at last night’s (November 3) CMA Awards and promptly stole the show with a knee-slapping collab with the Dixie Chicks. The performance was a testament to music’s changing landscape, a place where artists are supposedly no longer prisoners of genre, and a nod to country’s black roots. It was always going to ruffle some feathers and, sure enough, the racists soon came out to play on social media. Unfortunately, the Country Music Association dealt with this by removing all trace of Bey from their Facebook and Twitter accounts.
It didn’t take long for them to rectify the situation (an apology/explanation would have been nice), but it underlines how radical Beyonce’s performance was. Her mere presence at the event was an affront to some viewers, which is why it should be praised, championed and remembered — not swept under the rug to save a little embarrassment. On the bright side, the average, non-racist obviously observer liked what they saw. “Daddy Lessons” is now top 20 on iTunes and fans are requesting it at country radio stations. That’s got to be worth a tweet?
Reactions to the decision:
.@CountryMusic, why did you delete your tweets referring to @Beyonce's performance at the #CMAawards50?
— deray mckesson (@deray) November 3, 2016
The CMA's seriously just used Beyoncé for ratings, they deleted everything Beyoncé-related from their website and social media. pic.twitter.com/C6MNgKnqUw
— ️ (@huntybey) November 3, 2016
Ya'll delete everything Beyoncé related cause of redneck backlash instead of standing up for what's right? WELL HERE YALL GO! @CountryMusic pic.twitter.com/uZf8jYXq1I
— Ray (@_BluRay__) November 3, 2016
Change your name to Coward Music @CountryMusic
— Beyoncé Australia (@BeyonceAUS) November 3, 2016
Next year you might as well put a 'no colored people allowed' sign at the entrance. Fucking scumbags. @CountryMusic https://t.co/bujq0Sgdef
— NeferKinky (@BlueBaddieBey) November 3, 2016
this is honestly disgusting. they got backlash, as expected, from their racist viewers and they took the best performance of the night down.
— mixed. (@beyonce_posts) November 3, 2016
— ELLE Magazine (US) (@ELLEmagazine) November 3, 2016
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