R&B diva Beyoncé wowed crowds with her Super Bowl performance last Sunday, but the “Single Ladies” publicist apparently does not want fans to see her client as anything less than perfect.
Gawker reported that after news and entertainment website Buzzfeed published a photo essay entitled -- "The 33 fiercest moments from Beyoncé’s show" -- featuring various highlights of the Super Bowl performance, the singer’s publicist contacted the website on Tuesday, requesting that a number of the images be removed, reasoning that they depicted Beyoncé in too much of a unflattering light.
"Thanks for taking my call. As discussed, there are some unflattering photos on your current feed that we are respectfully asking you to change. I am certain that you will be able to find some better photos. The worst are #5, 6, 10, 11, 12, 19 and 22. Thank you very much,” the publicist, who gave her name as Yvette, told Buzzfeed in an email.
Several outlets have expressed not understanding why the publicist would consider the photos unflattering, noting that they did little, except show how hard Beyoncé was working in order to put on a good show, as she did.
Gawker noted that according to the "Third Immutable Natural Law Of Beyoncé," “there is no better photo of Beyoncé than the photo of Beyoncé you are viewing, because at that moment, it is the best of all possible Beyoncé photos.”
The Huffington Post also chimed in, suggesting that any “unflattering” photo of the singer is in essence, not unflattering at all, as it shows the level of dedication she puts into her performances.
“We'd like to point out that there's no such thing as an 'unflattering' picture of Beyoncé. And we're kind of upset her publicist would suggest such an outrageous thing. It's called BEING INTO IT,” the news website wrote.
Beyoncé’s publicist apparently took a cue from Kanye West, who just days prior requested photos of him wearing a skirt at the 12-12-12 Sandy Benefit show to be removed from photo write service, Getty Images.
The rapper was reportedly successful in having the photos removed.
(Visit Gawker to view the "unflattering" photos.)
(Visit Buzzfeed for the entire photo essay.)
Fionna Agomuoh is a Technology Reporter for the International Business Times, a vegan foodie, and a lover of Electric Dance Music.