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‘It’s not like you need the money’: Beyoncé is slammed for $24m show in anti-gay Dubai where she sang NO hits from her Renaissance album – a homage to queer culture – as restaurateur Keith McNally says he’ll ‘seat her next to James Corden’

  • The star has been an outspoken ally of the LGBTQ+ community in the past
  • But she is now facing a backlash for performing an 85-minute concert in Dubai 
  • Fans have accused her of ‘selling out’ adding that she ‘doesn’t need the money’ 

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Superstar Beyonce has been slammed by her fans for the $24million show in anti-gay Dubai –  where she failed to perform any hits from her new LGBTQ+ Renaissance album.

The Grammy-winning star has been accused of ‘casting a shadow’ over her support for queer people – with many pointing out she ‘doesn’t need the money’. 

Thousands of fans were quick to criticize the hit-maker for ‘selling out’ – arguing, ‘it’s not like you need the money’.

Her newest album, Renaissance, which she did not perform during the set, was dedicated to her uncle Jonny, who identified as gay and suffered a battle with HIV.

Beyonce has been accused of 'casting a shadow' over her support for lesbians and gay people - with many pointing out she 'doesn't need the money'

Beyonce has been accused of ‘casting a shadow’ over her support for lesbians and gay people – with many pointing out she ‘doesn’t need the money’

Those found to be in a same-sex relationship can even be punished by death in the country, with Beyonce coming under fire after dedicating her newest album to her late gay uncle Jonny

Those found to be in a same-sex relationship can even be punished by death in the country, with Beyonce coming under fire after dedicating her newest album to her late gay uncle Jonny

She has been blasted for failing to perform any songs from the discography, with many fans saying they were ‘struggling’ to understand why she would even agree to a concert in Dubai in the first place.

Bev Jackson, the co-founder of the LGB Alliance, said that the singer is a ‘huge icon’ for gay people and that she is ‘deeply disappointed’ in her decision to give a ‘lucrative concert in Dubai where same-sex acts are a criminal offense.’

Those found to be in a same-sex relationship can even be punished by death in the country, with Beyonce coming under fire after dedicating her newest album to her late gay uncle Jonny.

Initially, Keith McNally, the owner of Balthazar, also waded into the row – saying that he would give the star a ‘table next to the kitchen’ the next time that she dined at his restaurant.

Balthazar owner Keith McNally called out the star and said the next time she dines at his restaurant he would give her a table 'next to the kitchen.'

Balthazar owner Keith McNally called out the star and said the next time she dines at his restaurant he would give her a table ‘next to the kitchen.’

Thousands of fans were quick to criticize the hit-maker for 'selling out' ¿ arguing, 'it's not like you need the money'

Thousands of fans were quick to criticize the hit-maker for ‘selling out’ – arguing, ‘it’s not like you need the money’ 

But he has since u-turned – declaring that he would put the star at a table next to James Cordon – who he banned and unbanned after reveling a spat over an egg white omelet. 

He said: ‘After much inner conflict, I’ve deleted my post criticizing Beyoncé for accepting a huge pay packet to perform in Dubai, a country in which homosexualty is illegal. 

‘I deleted it for many reasons, partly for not fully understanding the customs of the Middle East, but mostly because I felt disingenuous for a reply I made to someone’s comment. 

‘I wrote that I was once offered a million dollars to open Balthazar in Dubai. Although this was true, my implication was I rejected the offer on moral grounds. 

McNally has since u-turned on his decision - instead saying he would simply seat her with James Cordon

McNally has since u-turned on his decision – instead saying he would simply seat her with James Cordon

‘This was not true. I rejected the offer because I didn’t like Dubai itself, not because I disagreed with its barbaric law regarding homosexuality. In fact, at the time I was shamefully unaware of this law.

‘All the same I’m still going to seat Beyoncé next to James Corden if and when she next comes to Balthazar.’

He quotes Peter Tatchell, a LGBT rights campaigner,  in his original post, who said: ‘I love Beyoncé’s music, but her performance in a dictatorship like Dubai was a huge mistake.

‘Ditching her own progressive values, she put a money-grabbing pay cheque before human rights.

‘On top of that, her music set excluded all tracks from her 2022 Renaissance album, which was a homage to queer black dance pioneers.

‘It looks like she did this to appease Dubai’s homophobic regime, which has the death penalty for homosexuality.

‘Like many of her LGBT fans, I feel betrayed and angry. Her liberal reputation has taken a hard knock.’

RuPaul's Drag Race star Kitty Scott-Claus also criticized the star after she performed in the anti-gay country

RuPaul’s Drag Race star Kitty Scott-Claus also criticized the star after she performed in the anti-gay country

Bev Jackson, the co-founder of the LGB Alliance, said that the singer is a 'huge icon' for gay people and that she is 'deeply disappointed' in her

Bev Jackson, the co-founder of the LGB Alliance, said that the singer is a ‘huge icon’ for gay people and that she is ‘deeply disappointed’ in her 

RuPaul’s Drag Race star Kitty Scott-Claus also criticized the star saying: ‘Hi I have a question.. can someone explain why everyone was canceling David Beckham the other month but now celebrating Beyoncé for performing in Dubai? One rule for one and one for another?’ 

Another user suggested, ‘Beyoncé isn’t a LGBTQ+ ally when she’s performing for money in Dubai and she literally doesn’t need a penny of it.’ 

Beyonce, 41, performed a full live concert over 85 minutes for a star-studded audience – including Liam Payne and his new girlfriend – at the brand new Dubai hotel.

She also got her daughter Blue Ivy, 11, up on stage with her to sing Brown Skin Girl at the exclusive bash.

She previously performed at the 2019 GLAAD Media Awards and gushed about her uncle as 'the most fabulous gay man'

She previously performed at the 2019 GLAAD Media Awards and gushed about her uncle as ‘the most fabulous gay man’ 

It was the first time in four years she performed live, and she was at one point being hoisted 16 feet in the air at the hotel’s Skyblaze fountain.

She previously performed at the 2019 GLAAD Media Awards and gushed about her uncle as ‘the most fabulous gay man’.

Speaking at the queer-centric event, the Crazy in Love singer said: ‘He was brave and unapologetic during a time when this country wasn’t as accepting.

‘Witnessing his battle with HIV was one of the most painful experiences I’ve ever lived. 

‘I’m hopeful that his struggles serve to open pathways for other young people to live more freely. LGBTQI rights are human rights.’

Source: Daily Mail UK

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