Rachel Roy Brushes Aside Backlash From Beyonce Fans Over 'Lemonade'
"What shouldn't be tolerated by anyone, no matter what, is bullying, of any kind."
If there's anything we've learned about the cut-throat world of social media, it's that you don't want to get on the wrong side of the Beyhive.
That's exactly where fashion designer Rachel Roy found herself on Saturday, just hours after Beyonce dropped her visual album "Lemonade" on HBO. Bey's buzzy lyrics include some not-so-subtle references to cheating, including the shady line, "He only want me when I'm not there. He better call Becky with the good hair."
In the hours following, the designer posted an Instagram with the caption, "Good hair don't care, but we will take good lighting for selfies, or self-truths, always ... live in the light." It was a matter of minutes before Beyonce's rabid fans attacked, accusing the designer of being Jay Z's "side chick" and leaving vicious comments on her page.
Following the attacks, Roy temporarily switched her account to private before restoring it to public on Monday. The inflammatory photo, however, has been deleted.
Roy's connection to Queen Bey and Jay Z isn't as far fetched as it may seem. The designer was married to Jay Z's former business partner, Damon Dash, for four years before the couple divorced in 2009.
Roy hasn't concretely addressed the issue outside of her ambiguous social media posts, including a tweet on Sunday morning reading, "I respect love, marriages, families and strength. What shouldn't be tolerated by anyone, no matter what, is bullying, of any kind." The designer did not immediately return The Hollywood Reporter's request for comment.
I respect love, marriages, families and strength. What shouldn't be tolerated by anyone, no matter what, is bullying, of any kind.— Rachel Roy (@Rachel_Roy) April 24, 2016