Twitter Users Call Out Visual Gender Standards In Beyoncé and Ed Sheeran Performance

Twitter Users Call Out Visual Gender Standards In Beyoncé and Ed Sheeran Performance

Beyoncé and Ed Sheeran shared the stage at the Global Citizen Festival in completely opposite outfits, and Twitter users wasted no time calling out the visual gender standard displayed between the top-tier artists. Sheeran played his set in jeans and a black T-Shirt, while Beyoncé appeared in a fuchsia ball gown fit for a red carpet of Met Gala-drama level moment. Writer Shon Faye started the conversation with a tweet on the topic. Faye's tweet recieved over 2,300 retweets in its first few hours. It was posted Tuesday morning. He's mainly seen walking on stage with his guitar, loop pedals and not much more compared to pop artists like Taylor Swift, who have theatrical shows with dozens of dancers and set changes. Beyoncé, on the other hand, is one of those artists who is known for giving full-energied, dance-routine-filled performances with no stone left unturned. One user defended Sheeran’s choice to wear casual clothing and stated attacking anyone, even Sheeran, for wearing loose-fitting clothing is equivalent to attacking those on the autism spectrum who are sometimes uncomfortable in typical event wear, like a suit. If you attack NT folks for wearing clothes like this, then you attack us on the spectrum for wearing clothes like this,” wrote Twitter user Ian Winter. I do not believe Ed Sheeran was actively challenging gender stereotypes.” Beyoncé and Sheeran did not immediately respond to Newsweek's request for comment.

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Beyoncé and Ed Sheeran shared the stage at the Global Citizen Festival in completely opposite outfits, and Twitter users wasted no time calling out the visual gender standard displayed between the top-tier artists. Sheeran played his set in jeans and a black T-Shirt, while Beyoncé appeared in a fuchsia ball gown fit for a red carpet of Met Gala-drama level moment.

Both Beyoncé and Sheeran have controlled the pop charts, and recently recorded a duet on Sheeran’s hit single “Perfect.” Though they share a covetable spotlight, some said what’s expected of men and women in positions of influence is wildly different, and obvious in their chosen performance outfits.

A photo of their duet at the festival began to circle on Twitter Monday. Writer Shon Faye started the conversation with a tweet on the topic. “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,” she wrote. Faye’s tweet recieved over 2,300 retweets in its first few hours. It was posted Tuesday morning. Faye did not immediately respond to Newsweek’s request for comment.

Another user, Daniel, echoed her tweet, writing. “This photo is [very] representative of what we expect from men and women at the top of their game, isn’t it?”

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