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People never learn: Don’t go after Bey.

When Beyoncé posted photos of herself posing in a “Beto” hat three hours before the polls closed in Texas on Tuesday, her fans were overjoyed. However, when Beto O’Rouke conceded the Senate race to incumbent Ted Cruz hours later, detractors were quick to blame Beyoncé’s late endorsement for the loss.

Up until Election Day, Queen B, a Houston native, has stayed away from endorsing either O’Rourke or Cruz to represent Texas in the Senate. In the afternoon, she posted the photos with the accompanying message: “I’m feeling grateful for everyone before me who fought so hard to give us all the right to have a voice. We can’t voice our frustrations and complain about what’s wrong without voting and exercising out power to make it right.”

As with anything Beyoncé touches, the photos took off immediately online. #Beyonce4Beto started trending on Twitter, and O’Rourke himself retweeted one of the photos, thanking Beyoncé for her endorsement. The conversation swirled around the wonders of Bey, as fans urged anyone still unstickered to vote. Then, Beto lost and the conversation shifted.

People started noticing how late she donned that cap, and the blame game began. Criticism of her timing poured in, as burned Democratic voters tried to find a reason for another six years of Cruz.

“I blame Beyonce for this,” one user tweeted. “Homegirl couldn’t tweet a day earlier???”

https://twitter.com/tigergood_s/status/1060020624473686016

It wasn’t long before Beyoncé’s loyal fanbase caught wind of the rising criticism, and shut it down. “Blaming Beyoncé on Twitter but too afraid to confront your racist aunt at Thanksgiving smh that’s sad,” @jpbrammer wrote.

More fans piled on, pointing out that placing the burden of gathering political momentum on celebrities doesn’t make much sense. The past several election cycles have seen a sharp rise in the number of vocal endorsements from popular celebs, but it is hard to say how much those endorsements have helped—or hurt—the people they campaigned for.

The idea of irate Texas voters blaming Beyoncé for Cruz’s victory seemed particularly off considering that more than half of white women, and 71 percent of white men, voted for Cruz. If there is anyone to point fingers at, perhaps it should be them?

Beyoncé may not have aligned herself with Beto early, but she also didn’t have to do it at all. Fans around the country were given the opportunity to register to vote at every Beyoncé and Jay-Z concert during their OTR II tour.

H/T BuzzFeed News

 

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.