‘What is expected’

Beyoncé and Ed Sheeran’s duet fuels heated debate about gender norms

Beyonce and Ed Sheeran performing at the Global Citizen Festival. (Twitter)

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.

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.”

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.

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.

Read the full story at Mashable.

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