The Beyhive defends Beyoncé for sitting during Joaquin Phoenix’s speech

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There were a lot of big victories at Sunday’s 77th Golden Globe awards.

Joaquin Phoenix, who dazzled audiences with his performance in Joker, took home one of the biggest awards of the night. The role earned 45-year-old Phoenix the award for best actor in a drama motion picture. Fans of the actor were delighted by his victory, except, as some fans noticed, not everyone stood when Phoenix’s name was announced.

Video from the event revealed Beyoncé, who was seated near Phoenix, remaining in her seat as the actor made his way to the podium. Fans of the Joker actor quickly pounced on the news, criticizing Beyoncé for what they considered a disrespectful move. Their criticism did not sit well with the Beyhive, her unofficially dubbed and decentralized online fanbase.

After Twitter user Sam Stryker shared an image of a seated Beyoncé surrounded by overjoyed, upright actors, the criticism started flooding in. “I hate everyone thinking being negative is a good personality trait and praising it,” one user wrote.

Many users agreed, and quickly began heaping criticism on the Lion King actress. “Thoroughly distasteful,” another user said.

The Beyhive quickly flocked to its queen’s defense, pushing back on claims that the move was disrespectful. “She’s like ‘the queen dont stand for nobody but the queen’ lmfaoo,” one user wrote.

Many of Beyoncé’s defenders pointed out that her voluminous dress may have contributed to her decision to stay seated. “You can’t wear that parachute she put on and stand up anyhow you might just fly away,” one user joked.

While some users were busy arguing over Beyoncé’s seated position, others instead focused on the content of Phoenix’s speech. They applauded the actor for emphasizing climate change in the wake of Australia’s devastating wildfires, and for calling out some of Hollywood for continuing to live in excess.

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Nahila Bonfiglio

Nahila Bonfiglio

Nahila Bonfiglio reports on geek culture and gaming. Her work has also appeared on KUT's Texas Standard (Austin), KPAC-FM (San Antonio), and the Daily Texan.