Friday, May 16, 2014

Solange, Jay-Z, Beyonce Speak on Elevator Brawl

On follow-up, I'm posting that Solange, Jay-Z, and Beyonce have issued a statement about the  now-infamous elevator brawl. Essentially, the statement says that we, the public, should let this matter go and accept that the Carter/Knowles family is only human. Well, I agree with that, but here's the actual statement as reported by the Associated Press earlier today:
"As a result of the public release of the elevator security footage from Monday, May 5th, there has been a great deal of speculation about what triggered the unfortunate incident. But the most important thing is that our family has worked through it," the statement said. "Jay and Solange each assume their share of responsibility for what has occurred. They both acknowledge their role in this private matter that has played out in the public. They both have apologized to each other and we have moved forward as a united family."
The family also denies that Solange was intoxicated. ABC News also reports that the hotel employee who released the video tape has been fired. Well, we knew that was coming, right?

Furthermore, perhaps to counter reports that Solange had removed all but one picture of Beyonce from her Instagram stream, Beyonce added four pictures to her Instagram account showing her and Solange together. I'm always glad to see siblings getting along.

Here's ABC video:

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Also, here's CNN folk discussing the family's statement.

Following the release of the elevator pictures, there was speculation that Solange attacked Jay-Z to stand up for older sister, Beyonce. Allegedly Jay-Z was getting too chummy with fashion designer Rachel Roy. That explanation makes Solange sound as though she doesn't understand how marriage works. A sister-in-law going off will not stop a husband from flirting or cheating, and I'm pretty sure Beyonce can take care of business herself. But I've never had a sister, so what do I know.

Here in Solange's adopted city, New Orleans, the media loves her. Since she moved here, the Times Picayune has been following her doings. I'm glad she decided to come back to her Louisiana roots, but just as I never bump into Brad Pitt, I also never bump into Solange. If I did, however, all I'd say is, "Thank you for being here."

I'm old enough to be Beyonce and Solange's mother. Having grown up in a time when black female entertainers, though popular, never ruled the airwaves like this (not even Diana Ross), I'm sort of fascinated that so may people of all ethnic groups keep up with what Beyonce does or doesn't do. But I suppose Oprah, too, paved the way for black female stars to be just as idolized as white female stars. And Michael Jackson paved the way for such idolization of black stars in general.

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