The day after Beyonce wowed the world with her Super Bowl Halftime Show performance, BuzzFeed — famous for their hilarious list posts — published a post showing off Beyonce’s “fierceness” that included 33 JPG and GIF photos taken from the performance.
To this date, the post, titled “The 33 Fiercest Moments from Beyonce’s Halftime Show“ has received over 800,000 views. Tuesday (Feb 5) — the day after the post was published — BuzzFeed received an e-mail from Beyonce’s publicist, who politely asked them to remove the images from the site she described as “unflattering.”
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.
In response to the e-mail, BuzzFeed published it, as well as the so-called “unflattering” images (for the second time), which can be viewed below:
BuzzFeed wrote in their follow-up post — which has over 1,000,000 views — that they e-mailed Ms. Yvette asking for further explanation, but they didn’t receive a response. Probably because she was too busy e-mailing Getty Images, which is where the images were originally published, and later purchased for use on BuzzFeed’s site.
Apparently, unlike BuzzFeed, Getty Images heeded to the request from Beyonce’s publicist, and now the photos (with the exception of numbers 5 and 6) have been scrubbed from their archive of celebrity photos, and are no longer available for purchase.
But thanks to the Internet, those pics will probably live online forever anyway … which is most certainly not what Beyonce’s PR team would have wanted, but unfortunately for them, the Internet is like a classroom full of disobedient first graders. They don’t listen to ANYONE. Especially not some lady who thinks she’s the boss of them.
Lady: “Hey, you, take those pictures down, NOW.”
The Internet: “No! You’re not the boss of me!!!!!”
Our question is, ‘What’s the big deal???’ Beyonce wasn’t even in any of those “unflattering” pics anyway. That was ALL Sasha Fierce.