Beyoncé Knowles rose to fame as a member of girl group Destiny's Child, then skyrocketed to another level as a solo artist, business boss, and better half of rap mogul Jay-Z. According to iHeart Radio, Beyoncé has been named the highest paid black recording artist of all time; the most nominated woman in Grammy Award history; and the first social media influencer to command a value of more than $1 million per post. In other words, she's kind of a big deal.
Though she may have millions of fans around the world, this superstar also has her fair share of critics. From iconic singers to entertainment industry hopefuls to the president of the United States, there are some notable men and women who apparently hate Beyoncé. Find out who's unleashed on this seemingly untouchable woman, and who dared to literally touch her — as in bite her in the face!
But be warned, if you're going to come at the Queen Bey, be prepared to feel the sting of her Beyhive of protective fans. Buckle up because here we go…
Singer Kid Rock got in big trouble with the Beyhive after he trashed Beyoncé's music in a 2015 interview with Rolling Stone (via Entertainment Tonight). "Beyonce, to me, doesn't have a f****** 'Purple Rain,' but she's the biggest thing on Earth," he told the magazine. "How can you be that big without at least one 'Sweet Home Alabama' or 'Old Time Rock & Roll'? People are like, 'Beyoncé's hot. Got a nice f***ing ass.' I'm like, 'Cool, I like skinny white chicks with big t**s.' Doesn't really f***ing do much for me.'" To put a finer point on it, Kid Rock said he was "flabbergasted" by her fame.
Beyoncé's fans responded by swarming his Instagram account with thousands of bumble bee emoticons and some brutal comments. The buzz eventually got so bad, Kid Rock was forced to retaliate by posting a picture of Raid insect killer, though that did little to slow the swarm.
Talk-show host Wendy Williams has never been one to curb her opinion. That's especially true when it comes to Beyoncé. Williams has thrown shade multiple times over the years, but perhaps her biggest slam occurred in 2012, when Williams took issue with the way Beyoncé spoke during a preview of her HBO documentary, Life Is But a Dream.
"I am a Beyoncé fan," Williams began during one of her signature "Hot Topics" segments (via Vibe). "I'm going to be watching this documentary — because fortunately one of the TVs in our kitchen has closed captioning, so I'll be able to understand what she says." Burn!
The insults continued, amid gasps from her audience: "You know Beyoncé can't talk," Williams said. "Beyoncé sounds like she has a fifth-grade education." Though she continued to reiterate that she was a fan, Williams said, "We have to call a spade a spade." To that end, we're going to go ahead and call Williams a Bey hater.