It is a pity that in the climate that we live it, the plight of others has become our thrill and for some others, their bread and butter. Nothing could have prepared me for the news that hit the internet earlier today regarding - Solange's uncensored attack towards Jay Z. I was not ready for this. In fact, it's something I feel I should have never been exposed to. It feels like I've been given access into a world I should have never been allowed into and that unsettles me.
I am unsettled by the fact that I am aware that my reaction to this news is shockingly different to what it would have it been had it been another couple that was not Jay Z and Beyonce. I was unsettled by the fact that, because we have come to create and impose our expectations that Beyonce be perfect at all times and that a glimpse into what may be her a small or new reality, stopped the world for a minute; it gave us a window to further judge Beyonce and accuse her of pretending to be perfect when things aren't want they seem or should I say that, we desperately want her to show that she is imperfect because contradictively, imperfections are the signs by which we mostly judge our humaneness and never our beauty.
It appears that our elevation and love of these artists themselves rather than their craft alone drives us to feel entitled to the in and outgoings of their lives. We wouldn't expect this privilege from those around us or the couple who live down the road. I guess it's common knowledge to know that the media frenzy being experienced by the Carter-Knowles' family, comes with the territory of fame. It's one of the unfortunate perks that comes with being loved and admired by many. But I cannot help myself but question, first of all, the integrity of the person who sold the recording to TMZ and TMZ - though I am aware that TMZ is unethical and unrestricted in the type of content the publish.
The world is well aware of the fierceness with which The Carters-Knowles guard their privacy, therefore for such altercation to be made public for many to desensitise violence and use it as an opportunity to negatively speculate of Beyonce's character (mainly); the dynamics of her and Jay Z's relationship and most seriously, Solange's mental health is worrying and thirst-worthy.
In a statement to The Grio, a publicist for the The Standard Hotel confirms that:
“We are shocked and disappointed that there was a clear breach of our security system and the confidentiality that we count on providing our guests. We are investigating with the utmost urgency the circumstances surrounding the situation and, as is our customary practice, will discipline and prosecute the individuals involved to our fullest capacity.”
I smell several lawsuits coming up. TMZ's publishing of this video was indeed a total violation of Jay Z, Beyonce and Solange's privacy. I am not sure how the laws governing privacy, fully functions in the US, specifically NY but I will for sure be keeping up with any legal procedures brought forth by this case. If any.