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Beyoncé’s mum hits out at ‘racist’ skin lightening comments

Beyoncé’s mother has blasted “sad little haters” who said the celebrity darkened her complexion to attend the Renaissance film premiere.

At the Saturday red carpet event, the singer wore a silver dress and went for a platinum blonde hairstyle.

Beyoncé has been under fire on social media from some who claim she “looks so white” and for changing her appearance.


Tina Knowles defended her daughter and called the remarks racist in a lengthy Instagram post. Additionally, she called those who accuse Beyoncé of whitening her skin “self-hating,” “ignorant,” and “dumb.”

“She does a film called The Renaissance, where the whole theme is silver with silver hair, a silver carpet, and suggested silver attire, and you bozos decide that she’s trying to be a white woman and is bleaching her skin?” she said.

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Beyoncé’s mum hits out at ‘racist’ skin lightening comments

A video montage of Beyoncé, featuring an image from the premiere, was shared alongside Tina’s remarks, set to the tune of Brown Skin Girl.

Her daughter Blue Ivy sings “Brown skin girl, your skin just like pearls, the best thing in the world,” and the song celebrates blackness.


Beyoncé discussed the phrases’ personal meaning in a documentary about the making of the movie.


“When I see fathers singing Brown Skin Girl to their daughters, to know that my daughter can have the same opportunities and feel confident and feel like she doesn’t have to take her braids down and she can comb her afro out and she can glisten in her brown skin… that is why I make music,” she stated.

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In addition, the 69-year-old expressed her frustration with people assaulting her daughter, saying that “instead of celebrating a sister or just ignoring her if you don’t like her,” they should stop.

She acknowledged that Beyoncé might find the post annoying, but she declared herself “fed up” with the backlash.

“This girl keeps to herself. Whenever she can, she lends a helping hand to others. She always supports and elevates black women and the underdog,” the writer added.

Beyoncé’s Renaissance: A Film, which follows the world tour of her Grammy-winning record, debuted in Los Angeles on Saturday and opens in theatres across the globe on Friday.


Her first solo effort in six years, the album debuted at number one and received critical acclaim for its unique blend of black and gay elements.

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