It’s the smack seen ’round the world. Last night in Denmark, Beyonce had to reprimand an overzealous male fan who reached up on stage and gave Bey a quick slap on her backside. She responded saying, “Now I will have you escorted out of here, alright?”

Instead of wondering why a fan thought he could actually touch Beyonce’s body or praising her sharp yet firm response, some people are asking: How can Beyonce be upset at a man smacking her butt when she is shaking it in front of his face in a skimpy leotard?

That reaction is laden with a victim-blaming mentality. It implies that it’s Beyonce’s fault for dressing and dancing provocatively, and that her actions relinquish her of ownership of her own body and give a man a pass for failing to keep his hands to himself.

Those responses reeks of the pervasive rape culture mentality in our society. A woman’s attire and her dance moves are not excuses for inappropriate, unsolicited groping on the part of a man. There is no excuse for his behavior, regardless of how Beyonce looked or moved. The same can be said for women who are groped on the street, whether on line for the club or in a crowded subway car.

Beyonce’s encounter with an audacious fan represents one of many instances where women are touched inappropriately by strangers. And the pass given to said strangers just adds insult to injury.

-Racquel Garrison

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  1. Carib718

    Given Beyonce’s fan base, I think the fan is a gay man. If so, do you think there be so much outcry? I have seen many gay men inappropriately touch women and many times it is seen as playful.

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  2. Clutch had a similar article not too long ago about a woman who pulled down a rapper’s pants during a concert. I do not remember the commentors coming to his defense as quickly as many are defending Beyonce. Some even commented that he must have enjoyed it because he’s a male. :-/

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    • What was he wearing then? If he wore something that made him look sexy then the bro was just asking for it. If anyone does or wears something that’s raunchy at a show (or anywhere), expect stuff like that to happen. You’ve nothing to complain about because you were asking for it.

      Anyways, that dude was lucky! He’s a god among men now. Who wouldn’t want to slap Beyonce’s ass? Maybe if you gay, yeah.
      Big booty bitches all around!

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