I won’t get preachy about how different things are expected from different people. While a man can roam around half naked, a woman must always be dressed prim and properly. Go to Instagram and you’ll see so many actresses condemned for their red carpet, or worse, even their airport styles! But has a male celeb every been told, “Bruh, whatchu wearing?” And recently, a celeb interaction became a pedantic experience, when it made us realise this very bias. And the teacher was none other than Beyoncé.
At the Global Citizen Music Festival that happened recently in South Africa, Queen Beyoncé showed up looking fabulous in fuchsia!
Beyoncé wearing Ashi Studio. pic.twitter.com/wc1E693P0p
— femme fatale (@eliesaaab) December 4, 2018
As always, words fall short of describing what Her Highness Queen Bey’s look did for everyone!
Fashion lovers and Bollywood fans might remember that stunner of a dress by Ashi Studio from Deepika’s Cannes appearance from earlier this year.
*cue in the who-rocked-this-dress-better questions because its not fun for people until two women have been pitted against each other for something as irrelevant as their outfits*
So why was the diva there? Well, she was performing a duet with none other than ‘Perfect’ Ed Sheeran!
And let me tell you, it was magical!
Beyoncé and Ed Sheeran singing Perfect Duet is probably my favorite thing right now pic.twitter.com/iciPlrR1CY
— brendon skolat (@brendonSkolat) December 2, 2018
However, when the two came together, Twitter pointed that there was more than magic in the frame. There was a fashion epiphany.
Ed Sheeran is a 27 year old man the fact we’ve enabled him to feel it’s ok to dress like this at all, let alone next to Beyoncé really boils my piss pic.twitter.com/Q6XqgTFuvQ
— shon faye. (@shonfaye) December 4, 2018
No seriously, look at it. You can’t even say that Bey is trying too hard or Ed Sheeran not hard enough. Because if you go by the whole ‘just be yourself’ vibe, then Beyoncé is being Beyoncé by dressing up like a queen, and Ed is being Ed by dressing up like a college kid!
So what gives?
People had a couple of theories about that, of course. And all of that revolved around all of us looking like measly paupers in front of the Goddess that Beyoncé is!
Yeah honestly, it’s not Ed’s fault!
Ed Sheeran is actually wearing a 3-piece custom tuxedo. That’s just what white people always look like standing next to Beyoncé. pic.twitter.com/YO2nyuNOSw
— Solomon Georgio (@solomongeorgio) December 4, 2018
Let’s be honest. I could wear a tux and would look like shit next to Bey if she was wearing a burlap sack. Lol https://t.co/CgMspSsrCf
— Drewcifuer (@Drewcifuer26) December 4, 2018
This totally legit exchange that could’ve happened with anyone who tried to coordinate outfits with Bey!
beyonce: what are you wearing tonight?
Ed Sheeran: something casual.
Beyonce: oh you really meant casual. pic.twitter.com/X55Skbivrb
— Sydnee Washington (@Justsydnyc) December 4, 2018
Ed, youuuuuu look perrrrfect… tonight! (Tell me you sang that!)
Its nice that Ed Sheeran still dresses like a busker even if he's on stage with Beyoncé possibly the most glamorous woman on the planet. pic.twitter.com/wjzHzMW52m
— Becky (@GRravski) December 4, 2018
ROFLMAO! A Loofahahahahahahahaha!
Why are people giving Ed Sheeran shit for dressing like this when Beyonce is wearing a fucking loofah?
I mean, she's nailing it, but still pic.twitter.com/RA7uMJ0zWo
— Rob O' Sullivan (@Rob0Sullivan) December 4, 2018
But here’s the thing. Jokes aside, this picture opened up a whole new ages-old dialogue of how our expectations from men and women are so different.
In other words, we’re all sexist pigs.
This photo is v v v v representative of what we expect from men and women at the top of their game, isn't it? https://t.co/cfeLw8n1aI
— Daniel (@sillyolddaniel) December 4, 2018
They could’ve totally told Beyoncé to wear her PJs and come, which we all know would still be way more glamourous than Ed’s jeans and layered tee look. But no! It’s just normal to assume that Bey will choose something like this. And her look will be discussed and dissected and compared to Deepika’s, while not a word will be said about why Ed’s outfit.
We say, double standards!
I get this.
Even tho I appreciate good musicians in normal clothes the double standard is ridiculous… what is expected of female vs male artists. https://t.co/xLEcNXVuX7
— Fat in Public (@garlicmeg) December 4, 2018
When you use this picture as an analogy for something that’s a much deeper, graver bias about men and women’s fashion choices.
a pitch-perfect representation of a male vs female employee’s expected level of work for the same position pic.twitter.com/50kKmzx8vH
— Aparna Nancherla (@aparnapkin) December 4, 2018
So folks, you want to make a woman work hard for something? Alright, fair. But then make sure the men do the same too. And when it comes to evaluating, rewarding or compensating them for it, you make sure you see which one of them is putting the effort of wearing the huge-ass ruffled fuchsia dress that took a lot of hard work to carry!