Mathew Knowles Responds to LGBTQ+ Backlash Over Beyoncé’s Dubai Concert

    Beyonce Knowles poses with her father Matthew Knowles at the “Beyonce: Beyond the Red Carpet auction presented by Beyonce and her mother Tina Knowles along with the House of Dereon to benefit the VH1 Save The Music Foundation on June 23, 2005, in New York City. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)

    *Mathew Knowles is defending his daughter Beyoncé amid the backlash she’s facing from the LGBTQ+ community for performing in Dubai. 

    Homosexuality is illegal in the country but Queen Bey did not let that stop her from collecting a reported $24m to perform at the unofficial opening of the luxury Dubai hotel Atlantis the Royal. The invitation-only event was the place to be for celebrities, influencers, and journalists, The Guardian reports

    “Everybody is crying about @Beyonce performing in Dubai, yeah they may be anti gay whatever. But just think about it! she just bought so many gays to Dubai for her weekend. Think big Bitches,” one person tweeted in response to the critics.

    “Beyoncé can perform where ever she so chooses! Dubai paid her 24 million dollars. I don’t care what Dubai has to say about the gays. 24 million? Where you want me to perform at?” another person tweeted.

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    A different angle of Beyoncé singing Drunk in Love in Dubai Atlantis The Royal Concert #BeyonceInDubai #Beyonce

    — Whyischeesepink (@mdiab9) January 21, 2023

    Knowles told TMZ that Bey’s performance “united a really diverse crowd”. In response to the hate coming from the LGBTQ+ community, Mathew noted that his daughter has “always stood for inclusiveness” and would never do anything to “deliberately hurt someone.”

    Knowles also confirmed that the 25-time Grammy winner is planning a tour, and she will “announce it when she’s ready,” he teased.

    Meanwhile, we reported previously that Blue Ivy joined her mother for a rendition of their Grammy hit “Brown Skin Girl” during the Dubai show. Watch the adorable moment below:

    Blue Ivy hitting the choreo

    — BEYTHOVEN is HEATED | non-affiliated fan account (@beyonceparkwood) January 22, 2023

    Beyoncé stays petty #Beyonce #BeyonceInDubai

    — Mojoê Kayed (@MojoeKayed) January 21, 2023

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