Beyoncé set the world of social media on fire Sunday after a stunning performance at the Global Citizens Festival in South Africa that included six outfit changes and a duet with Ed Sheeran. But for many fans, the contrast between Beyoncés glamour and Sheeran’s laidback attire consisting of a T-shirt, jeans, and sneakers reflected an uncomfortable social disparity — women, fans complained, are expected to go to elaborate lengths to beautify themselves, even as men seemingly get away with making little to no effort at all.
— billboard hip-hop (@billboardhiphop) December 3, 2018
On Twitter, fans expressed praise and admiration for Beyoncé’s outfits — including a gorgeous frilly magenta dress from Ashi Studio worn by the R&B legend for her duet with Sheeran. But seeing Sheeran standing next to Queen B in “normal clothes,” Twitter users said, was absurd and highlighted the difference between “what is expected of female vs male artists.”
Ed Sheeran is a 27 year old man the fact we’ve enabled him to feel it’s ok to dress like this at all, let alone next to Beyoncé really boils my piss pic.twitter.com/Q6XqgTFuvQ
— shon faye. (@shonfaye) December 4, 2018
Other users defended Sheeran by pointing out that whether one liked it or not, casual wear was simply the singer’s personal style. To compare his dress to Beyoncé’s, they argued, was unfair given Beyoncé’s deserved reputation as one of the most fashionably dressed people in music, if not the world.
It ain’t that deep, Beyoncé likes showing off her outfits, always has, while Ed Sheeran is a casual guy who wears casual outfits no matter the circumstance, quit making everything a gender issue in our society it’s the reason there are so many issues in the first place
— Lee (@lee2525rickard) December 4, 2018
Regardless of how fans felt about the singers’ respective outfits, there was one point of agreement — the pair’s joint performance was a true thing of beauty. Watch video of the duet below.
Beyoncé and Ed Sheeran singing Perfect Duet is probably my favorite thing right now pic.twitter.com/iciPlrR1CY
— brendon skolat (@brendonSkolat) December 2, 2018
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