Beyonce faces criticism for $24 million private performance in Dubai amid UAE anti-LGBTQ policies

Beyonce faces criticism for $24 million private appearance in Dubai amid United Arab Emirates anti-LGBTQ policies: ‘Deeply… disappointed’

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Beyonce is facing criticism after accepting a $24 million payday for her Saturday performance at Dubai’s new Atlantis the Royal hotel amid the United Arab Emirates’ anti-LGBTQ policies.

The Grammy-winning star’s outing in the area “casts a shadow over her support for lesbians and gays,” said Bev Jackson, the co-founder of the British advocacy group LGB Alliance.

“Beyoncé is a huge icon for a lot of gay people,” Bev Jackson said The Telegraph Sunday. “LGB Alliance is therefore deeply disappointed that Beyoncé has agreed to perform a lucrative concert in Dubai, where same-sex sexual acts are a criminal offence, potentially punishable by death.”

The latest: Beyonce is facing criticism after accepting a $24 million payday on Saturday for her performance at Dubai's new Atlantis the Royal hotel amid the United Arab Emirates' anti-LGBTQ policies.  She was photographed at the event on Saturday

The latest: Beyonce is facing criticism after accepting a $24 million payday on Saturday for her performance at Dubai’s new Atlantis the Royal hotel amid the United Arab Emirates’ anti-LGBTQ policies. She was photographed at the event on Saturday

The 41-year-old Houston resident performed a full concert live for the first time in four years in a one-hour concert at the new facility, at one point being lifted 16 feet into the air at the hotel’s Skyblaze fountain.

Beyonce performed the song Brown Skin Girl with her daughter Blue Ivy, 11, at one point on Saturday. While efforts were made to limit filming of the exclusive concert, some clips leaked on social media over the weekend.

A number of fans took to Twitter to wonder why the wealthy Crazy in Love singer agreed to perform under the controversial circumstances, regardless of financial situation.

“When you’re so wealthy .. largely, if not entirely, through the staunch loyalty of LGBTQ+ fans – what amount of money is just too much to refuse to perform in a homophobic country?” said one user.

The Houston native performed a full concert live in a one-hour concert at the new facility for the first time in four years

The Houston native performed a full concert live in a one-hour concert at the new facility for the first time in four years

The Houston native performed a full concert live in a one-hour concert at the new facility for the first time in four years

The Grammy-winning star’s outing in the area “casts a shadow over her support for lesbians and gays,” said Bev Jackson, the co-founder of the British advocacy group LGB Alliance

Another user suggested: “Beyoncé is not an LGBTQ+ ally when she performs for money in Dubai and she literally doesn’t need a dime of it.”

Others questioned the idea that Beyonce – who dedicated her album Renaissance to her late uncle Johnny and the LGBTQ+ community – was a genuine community ally in the aftermath of the weekend outing.

“So wait, let me get this straight,” said one user. ‘@Beyonce releases an entire album dedicated to the LGBTQ community and then performs in Dubai for the first time in years?! The same Dubai that is violently homophobic…?

One user said, “You can’t say you’re an ally of the LGBTQ+ community when you take money from a country that KILLS people for being gay. That’s not how S*** works. I’m talking about Beyoncé.”

Another person said, “Let’s face it, Beyonce doesn’t care about LGBTQ+ rights, she saw a fat check and took it. it’s a pity that so many gay male fans of hers are so frantic that they defend her performance there too.’

A number of fans took to Twitter to question why the wealthy Crazy in Love singer agreed to perform under the controversial circumstances, regardless of the finances involved.

A number of fans took to Twitter to question why the wealthy Crazy in Love singer agreed to perform under the controversial circumstances, regardless of the finances involved.

A number of fans took to Twitter to question why the wealthy Crazy in Love singer agreed to perform under the controversial circumstances, regardless of the finances involved.

Others questioned the idea that Beyonce was a true community ally after the weekend outing

Others questioned the idea that Beyonce was a true community ally after the weekend outing

Others questioned the idea that Beyonce was a true community ally after the weekend outing

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