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Beyoncé Was Called "Thoroughly Distasteful" Because She Didn't Stand Up For Joaquin Phoenix At The Golden Globes

"It makes her look bad tbh. And I'm a Beyoncé fan."

Awards season officially kicked into high gear last night with the Golden Globes handing out a bunch of fancy statues to the stars of TV and film.

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Among the winners was Joaquin Phoenix, who took home the award for Best Actor in a Drama Motion Picture for his role as Arthur Fleck in Joker.

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However, screenshots soon hit Twitter appearing to show Joaquin receiving a standing ovation from everybody in the room except Beyoncé.


Now, I didn't really think anything of it — Beyoncé's not even the focus of said screenshot. But, of course, Twitter had a lot of thoughts.

everyone really gave joaquin a standing ovation but beyonce be like

Some people were hella mad about the apparent "snub", calling it "entitled and arrogant".

@Beyonce You’re a joke for not standing up for Joaquin Phoenix. Understandable to make a statement. But that’s just poor sportsmanship for someone that actually deserved recognition. You’re entitled and arrogant. And as an actress you’re a joke. Smh. You ought to apologize to him

@sbstryker thoroughly distasteful

Others said that it made Beyoncé "look bad".

@sbstryker It makes her look bad tbh. And I’m a Beyoncé fan. I thought it was because her dress would have blocked others view and she was being courteous.

@SpencerAlthouse Out of respect, she should’ve stood up. Wtf

However, fans were quick to jump to Beyoncé's defence, pointing out that the whole thing probably wasn't that deep.

@SpencerAlthouse Let's not create any mess here.. she most likely didnt stand because she would be in way when he walked by. She smiled and clapped

Others said there could've been a reason for Beyoncé not standing, like the size and spectacle of her dress.


Just putting it out there. MAYBE Beyoncé didn’t stand during Joaquin Phoenix’s standing ovation because her dress was massive & would have been a pain to get out of her chair with and then gather it to sit down again. Just a thought. Maybe it wasn’t a statement. #GoldenGlobes

@SpencerAlthouse Let me get out these comments before I go off on one of y’all. It was probably hard for her to stand in her dress. Y’all need to mind your businesssssss!

@sbstryker You can’t wear that parachute she put on and stand up anyhow you might just fly away😂

And many were also quick to point out that people should instead focus on something more important, like Joaquin's speech, which didn't hold any punches.

Joaquin Phoenix just did a speech about global warming and how celebrities should start doing changes themselves personally instead of putting the responsibility in other people and then clean their hands. But somehow Beyonce not giving him a standing ovation is more important...

BuzzFeed has reached out to reps of Beyoncé for comment.