Right after the Super Bowl 2013, when Beyonce took to the stage and delivered what many of her fans considered the best Halftime performance of all times, very unflattering photos of her started to emerge online. The same won’t happen with her ongoing Mrs. Carter World Tour.
At least, not if her team of publicists and attorneys has a say in it, according to a new report by Jezebel.
This is the same e-zine that, after the Super Bowl, got a letter from Beyonce’s attorneys to take down several unflattering pics, as we also reported at the time – a demand they did not comply with.
Because asking nicely proved ineffective, Beyonce’s people are now trying to nab the evil in the bud, by denying access to photographers at her shows.
This way, the bloggers would have no photos to pass around, refuse to take down and turn into hilarious memes, like so.
“This time around, pre-approved photos […] in which Beyoncé looks beautiful and angelic in white and/or goddess-like in a coral gown – were ‘officially’ released by Parkwood Entertainment, the company Beyonce founded in 2008,” Jezebel writes.
The photo credit confirms that it’s approved by her people.
“The photo credit reads ‘Photo by Frank Micelotta/Invision for Parkwood Entertainment/AP Images,’ meaning that although news outlets are downloading the images from news agency AP, the photographer was hired by Parkwood, and, we can assume, given explicit instructions about what kind of performance photos are acceptable to Bey,” adds the same media outlet.
However, as these things go, once you try to ban something, it’s suddenly everything that people are talking about, just like it happened to the first round of unflattering photos.
If she’d just let them be, people would have probably forgotten about them but, by trying and failing to ban them, she helped them become the hottest thing online.
“But we all know how media works – they will do anything possible to get images that other publications don’t have. If they can’t send a photographer to give them original photos, the next best thing they can do is buy photos from fans in the front rows in the arena (cameras were not allowed, but no one can take away phones),” Noam Galai of the FStoppers writes.
In other words, there’s no way Beyonce can win this.