In case you’ve been in a coma for the last day and just woke up, Jay-Z, wife Beyonce and her sister Solange attended last week’s Met Gala and then headed to an afterparty at NYC’s Standard Hotel. After leaving the party, they got into an elevator and Solange proceeded to curse, spit at, hit and kick Jay-Z, while Beyonce, for the most part, stood by and did nothing. Admirably, Jay-Z didn’t retaliate in kind.

But if not for the quick action of the couple’s longtime bodyguard, Julius, who stopped the elevator, restrained Solange and sent Beyonce and Solange off in a separate car from Jay-Z’s, things might have been worse. (Note to the couple: he definitely deserves a raise).

If there is anything we know for sure about the altercation, it’s that we will never really know what happened. Days afterward, but before the surveillance tape surfaced, Beyonce and her husband were photographed hanging out at Brooklyn Nets game with actor Jake Gyllenhall as though nothing went on at all, though seeing the pics from the game now, Beyonce looks unusually subdued.

Monday night, the day the tape surfaced, the couple attended yet another Nets game, again putting a good public face on a bad public relations moment. Short of a tell-all book or a disgruntled employee lawsuit (or as Oprah found out, an angry ex-stepmother) nothing else is likely to surface about the altercation and whatever goes on behind closed doors in the Carter marriage.

We wouldn’t know this much if not for the fact that someone at the Standard figured, and rightly so, that TMZ would pay for the exclusive footage, which runs for 3-and-a half-minutes without audio. Days later, a prayer Beyonce posted to Instagram about relationships makes more sense.

The real breaking news here?, Guess what, Beyonce is human, too. Given the attention paid to every word, deed, song lyric, social media post, pregnancy, haircut and concert that Beyonce is involved in, maybe it’s time everyone, including the singer herself, allowed her some humanity. She’s not a deity from above sent to bring a message of spiritual hope to the masses. That’s Jesus’s job. She’s a singer. She’s an actress. She’s an entertainer.

From the woman on YouTube who damn near had a coronary when Beyonce’s self-titled CD hit the web without warning, to the excesses of the Beyhive who are ready to come to the Queen’s defense against any perceived enemies, to feminist scholar bell hooks calling her a “terrorist” because she wore a sexy outfit on the cover of the Time ‘100 Most Influential Issue,’ to Bill O’Reilly frothing at the mouth over every skimpy outfit she wears, maybe it’s time to recognize that Beyonce is just like you and me.

She’s a hard-working wife, mother and businesswoman with marital and family issues. She may not have to struggle to pay the light bill, or wonder where Blue Ivy’s next meal is coming from or what would happen if her man were out of work, but she, too, has problems. Maybe Solange stood up for her sister because despite her career success, Beyonce’s passive in her personal life.

An alleged tweet from Solange (or a very talented Photoshopper) says just that – that Jay hit Beyonce and Solange was tired of it. If that’s true, the elevator fight becomes a lot more understandable. But it’s the Internet and if the tweet was real, it was quickly deleted. Is it possible that Solange has mental issues or a quick temper or both, as has been suggested? Sure, and if so, it’s got to be devastating to watch your own sister decline to the point that she would attack your husband.

As the only people who know exactly why what happened in that elevator are B, Jay, Solange and Julius, we won’t ever really know the answers. As they say, those that know don’t tell and those that tell don’t know. What we do know is that Beyonce’s carefully crafted public image, the result of years of her own hard work, as well as it the work of many others on her team, has been tainted.

But it instead of hurting her, seeing that she too, deals with Real People Problems, will only endear her to her fans even more. In an elevator, dressed in a thousand dollar Givenchy gown with all the money and fame in the world at her disposal, Beyonce and those closest to her, had a human, relatable moment.

It was three people, outside of the public eye, if not the electronic one, working out issues that may have been festering for years, in their own way. Although most of us believe violence isn’t the way to resolve problems, we all want to be protected. Some of us are fortunate to have family members willing step on our behalf when we can’t do what we need to for our own good.

Or was it just one bad moment Solange regretted hours later? Maybe. We’ve all been in the middle of vicious family rifts that later work themselves out and those that sadly, never do. We can expect Jay-Z and Beyonce to continue to show a public face of happiness, especially with their joint “On the Run” tour slated for the summer and Jay’s “Welcome to America” concert series expanding from Philadelphia to a concurrent concert in L.A. this year.

But if just for a second, we got a glimpse behind the curtain and realized that there are real people standing there, maybe that’s something that will turn out to be a good thing in the end – for Beyonce and for us.

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24 thoughts on “COMMENTARY: Elevator Fight Shows Beyonce’s Human, Too

  1. kay M on said:

    When you’re famous and had a net worth like this couple does, you have to take the bitter with the sweet and bad with the good. It’s that simple. These two spend time like nobody’s tomorrow staying on the “radar”. Jay Z and Beyonce love attention. They both are basically shoved down our throats continuously. But the main point of this to me is not what took place to cause this violence but Solange had no business putting her hands on Jay Z. Had this video been reversed and Jay Z went ballistic on Solange and kicked at her it definitely would be uproar in the media. It’s just amazing with the double standard. Jay Z just stood there so calm like a gentleman and I guess all the critics and journalist are happy. I don’t keep up with media all the time but I didn’t hear Wendy Williams come out or Oprah for that matter to address the violence like they did about other entertainers. (Wink! Wink!) Like I said, had that been reversed and Jay Z was the aggressor or had that been another male entertainer it would have played out in the media totally different. This is actually a joke on some websites and media outlets. I have two sons and a daughter and I would find it very disturbing had this happened to any of my children (male or female). Hypocrites in this society…….

    • It also would have been another story had there not been cameras in that elevator. Solange would have gotten the same face mugging as the young sister who was stupid enough to step in front of Joe Camel and ask for an autograph. People are so gullible. However, I do agree that some pundits seem to be oddly silent about this episode.

  2. Lecia m on said:

    People can say what they wany about my girl Beyonce, but she worked hard to get where she is and jay z monkey ass know it. She was already a superstar before he met her and yall women know a man will get jealous in a minute if his woman gets more attention than him. I’m a local woman but i’m fine and I know how they get

  3. Joey on said:

    There is nothing wrong with Solange she is just checkin him on some bull shit he has pulled before and she decided it was time to, let him know that she does not really give a care who he is,, now this is not the first time she has went off on jayz ,, she has never really cared for him anyway,, so this is not the first time she has went off on him,, this has been going on for years, please you really believe that this has just started,, NO! she is the feisty one she just decided she cannot take his crap, he is not above anyone, and bey, knows that this is not the first time they have fought, Please this woman is not crazy and she is not mentally ill , she just was checking that NIG! bottom line ( this is not the first time she has checked his azz,,, !!! they been going through this. for years.

  4. laverne on said:

    after taking a close look at the video and hearing some of the chatter leading up to the altercation,Solange was a little tipsy,and everybody knows some people can’t handle their liquor..So I believe Jay-Z told Solange ” YOU NED TO CALM YOUR DRUNK ASS DOWN”,.and she lost

  5. Beyonce is not going to say shit, so she took matters in her own hands in her sisters defense. She handled that negro..LMAO…..Team Solange!!!

  6. October on said:

    It was good to see J not knock the s***t out of Solange. If it had been anyone else, the headline would be totally different.

  7. Darry on said:

    Solange has issues which were proven a few years ago here in Miami when she was on South Beach acting a fool (google it). There are so many different scenarios that we will never know what set her off, but I am inclined to believe that the chick is just crazy (i.e. that dress). Who does that?

  8. Who among us with an ounce of intelligence ever thought that Beyonce, and Jay Z aren’t human, and immune from problems. They are no different than anybody else when it comes to marriage, and family issues. It’s just that they are in the public eye. Bottom line is that we don’t really know what caused the ruckus.

  9. If Solange’s behavior looks like a mental illness episode, then I must have looked like Hannibal Lector when my sister’s husband decided he wanted to smack her around. What happened to him made Solange’s attack look like lovemaking. Her behavior looks nothing like a “text book” mental illness episode. It looks like a text book “I’m tired of your bullshit” episode. The thing about putting yourself atop a perch so high that you feel inclined to tell your subjects to “bow down bitches”, is that the higher the pedestal, the longer the drop. Beyoncé is nothing like the rest of us. She’s spent her entire career making sure of that. But she married a man who has no qualms about exploiting the weaknesses of others for monetary gain. It’s just a shame she thought she was immune.

    • Sorry kay; but whatever the reason she went off….. Solange looked down right crazy (kicking, and arms flying), and this episode will follow, and define her for the rest of her life

    • MariAnne on said:

      Go Solange! HERE IS MY TAKE ON THIS: Solange did what Matthew Knowles should have done but he was not man enough because he was too Money-Greedy.. . .He SOLD Beyonce to JZ. That’s why Matthew’s wife stopped giving him some. So he went outside — but he didn’t have enough sense to use a condom. Look, I’m a Brooklynite and I know that JZ is a “Bully”. He’s from the Marcy Ave., Projects. . .What do you expect?? JZ has probably been disrespecting/”BULLYING” the Knowles (specifically, Beyonce), for a long time, but we are just now seeing Solange’s reaction to him. P.S. Solange, I’m sorry they made you put that dumb wig on, simply because they are ashamed of our beautiful ‘natural’ hair.

  10. ammy on said:

    Both Jay and B did great. If they would have hit Solange or B would have stepped in, you would have had people trashing B and talking about that. I still say they are a great couple. WHo cares if they have issues (we all do, and who to say this incident had anything to do with them. It could have been just Solange. WHo knows), Jay and B still did the right thing. Handle your biz when you get HOME If it had anything to do with the both of then. People need to stop trippin.

  11. I’m glad Jay didn’t retaliate and I noticed when B stepped in front of him Solange stopped. How interesting during her so called wild “episode” she NEVER hit Beyonce????? Whatever goes on in that marriage is their biz because her B chooses to keep the fantasy public image going. Solange needs to get her own life because that wasn’t the time or place to throw haymakers!!! OMG the internet jokes are too funny!!!! I agree everyone behaved as if this goes on ALL THE D@ TIME!!!! If it were me the camera wold have showed me checking my sis ASAP before the elevator doors opened!

  12. lil_bitt on said:

    Good article. Many people are forgetting the fact that these people are HUMAN. Money doesn’t take away problems.

    • Muff on said:

      Absolutely! Just because they have a few extra zeros behind their salaries and their faces are plastered across the globe does not immune them from having problems.

      • You are so right. Statistically, more wealthy people commit suicide each year than do poor people. Money can’t buy happiness.

  13. BunnyBee on said:

    Solange’s behavior looks like a “text book” mental illness episode. Called “Invisible Illnesses” mental and mood disorders destroy the lives of millions including their loved ones and families. She could have Bipolar Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder or any one of the “INVISIBLE
    SABOTEURS”. Illnesses does not excuse the violent behavior. However learning about the illness may help families cope a bit better. Beyonce & Jay Z look EXACTLY like family members that have had similar experiences so many times that all they can do is “let it pass”. My family life is the same scenario with my sister. My Prayers for Healing and Peace are with them all.

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