May 16, 2013


Press Photographers to Beyonce: You Don't Run the World

Stephen Lovekin
Stephen Lovekin

After BuzzFeed posted some seriously fierce photos of Beyonce performing at the Super Bowl earlier this year, Bey's publicist, Yvette Noel-Schure, took issue with a few of the "unflattering" snaps of the pop star. She sent an email to BuzzFeed asking they remove some of the photos of B, but the opposite happened—BuzzFeed made the email public and the "unflattering" photos took on a life of their own. (Our personal favorite: She-Hulk Beyonce.) 

In order to prevent a similar photo debacle from happening (or prevent any image of Beyonce looking less-than-perfect from appearing on the Internet again), the "Grown Woman" singer instituted a ban on all photographers (except her own) at her Mrs. Carter Show World Tour. Instead, Beyonce (and/or the machine behind her) is giving news outlets a link to a website featuring pre-approved photos of Beyonce... taken by the only photographer allowed in the show. Worse even, the shots being offered are from previous performances.

Turns out that didn't go over too well with... most photographers who are not that one photographer. The National Press Photographers Association (NPPA), along with 19 other organizations, including National Public Radio, the Los Angeles Times and the New York Daily News, are firing back at Beyonce. 

In a letter to B's publicist, the photographers are asking that Beyonce and her team "immediately revise your guidelines to restore photo credentialing for the remainder of the tour throughout Europe and the U.S." In other words, "please let us do our jobs."

The letter, written by Mickey H. Osterreicher, general counsel of the NPPA, claims that the photo ban "has resulted in the posting of intentionally created prank photographs of Beyonce that have been far more unflattering than the original ones." The letter ends with a request to "support a free and independent press." In other words, "BOOM."

Beyonce or her publicist have yet to respond to the letter (dated May 13), and there has been no change to the photo policy at the Mrs. Carter Show World Tour. Until they do respond, at least we have iPhones. She-Hulk Beyonce lives.