Mathew Knowles has defended his daughter Beyoncé after facing backlash from the LGBTQIA+ community for performing in Dubai, where homosexuality is illegal.
The music director, 71, told TMZ on Tuesday that the singer’s “Cuff It” show at the new Atlantis The Royal resort “brought together a very diverse crowd” and brought people together.
Mathew, 71, added that Beyoncé, 41, has “always stood for inclusivity” and would never do anything to “deliberately hurt anyone”.
As for why Queen Bey hasn’t performed any songs from her latest album, “Renaissance,” her father confirmed Page Six’s exclusive report that she was planning a tour.
“She’ll announce it when she’s ready,” he teased.
Page Six has reached out to Beyoncé’s rep for comment.
Although the 28-time Grammy winner didn’t address the criticism herself, social media users were quick to share their feelings about her headlining performance on Saturday.
“No beef but I find it hard to understand why Beyoncé, who has half a billion dollars, would accept 20 million dollars to make her first performance of the album Renaissance, a record which draws heavily on the culture queer, in Dubai, a country where LGBT rights are not recognized”, one person tweeted.
“Are you all forgetting that Dubai is one of the most homophonic cities? [sic] places in the world and all you gay people love #Beyonce…..she gets paid £24m to play for a bunch of homophobic t-ts. She’s not one of my idols. wrote another.
Several other fans, however, shared Mathew’s sentiment about the “Drunk in Love” singer’s performance.
“Everyone’s crying about @Beyonce performing in Dubai, yeah they might be anti-gay no matter what. But think about it! she just bought so many gays in Dubai for her weekend -end. Think big bitches,” one tweeted.
“Beyoncé can perform wherever she wants! Dubai paid him $24 million. I don’t care what Dubai has to say about gay people. 24 million? Where do you want me to perform? » joked another.
“So you all left [sic] be mad at @Beyonce when she performs on her tour of US states that have anti-LGBT laws in place? Where did you go [sic] still have your tickets? Selective outrage works in my #cosy nerves,” tweeted TS Madisonan LGBTQIA+ activist who was featured on “Renaissance.”
Despite the controversy, Beyoncé caused a stir by performing a plethora of her hits, including “Drunk in Love”, “Bigger”, “Beautiful Liar” and “Countdown”, in front of over 1,000 invite-only attendees.