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When Stanning Becomes Bullying – the Beyhive, Nicole Curran & Jay-Z

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OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 05: (L-R) Jay-Z, Beyonce, Nicole Curran and Joseph S. Lacob attend Game Three of the 2019 NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Toronto Raptors at ORACLE Arena on June 05, 2019 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.

Imagine you and your husband invite your friends, a couple, over to a televised event. You take their orders. You offer the wife a rose, and explain to the husband why you did so. Then you arrive home to find you’re being harassed all over the internet. Your name is everywhere. These people are on all your social media accounts, telling you to kill yourself. Because of what?

That’s the real life story of Nicole Curran, the wife of Golden State Warriors owner Joe Lacob.

You don’t need to be a part of the Beyhive to be aware of the news – just scroll through your Twitter and you’ll see the video of Nicole speaking to JAY-Z floating around.

The Beyhive said Beyoncé‘s body language, in that video, made it clear that she didn’t like the woman talking to Jay-Z, and that she nudged her away.

Soon they were in Nicole’s comments section, asking her to go kill herself, and on Twitter saying she was rude for leaning over Beyoncé (to get Jay-Z’s drink orders).

Nicole tried to do some damage control, sharing a photo of herself and Beyoncé being friendly on her Instagram, but that only got her more attacks, forcing her to disable her comments, then her account.

She left a comment on TheShadeRoom’s post on the issue, writing:

Listen Beehive [sic]. I respect Queen B. I love her! I talked to her husband twice tonight. First, to take a drink order for them both when they arrived as they were our guests. Second, to explain why I gave his wife a rose from a fan. All of this has been taken out of context. I’m a happily married woman. Telling me to kill myself?????? Somehow I don’t think she would support this.

Senior Writer at ESPN Ramona Shelburne reached out to her and shared what she learned on her Twitter:

Just spoke to Nicole Curran, the wife of Warriors owner Joe Lacob, about the “incident “ with Beyoncé last night. She was in tears. Said she had been getting death threats on social media all night this morning she disabled her IG account just to make it stop.

Beyoncé’s publicist, too, shared her views on the issue, writing that the Beyhive spewing hate will bring no joy to their queen.

I am looking back today at the start of The OTRII tour, one year ago. It was a place of joy, unimaginable entertainment from two of the best performers in the world, and a place of love. Every single day on that tour I saw love. Which is why I also want to speak here to the beautiful BeyHiVE. I know your love runs deep but that love has to be given to every human. It will bring no joy to the person you love so much if you spew hate in her name. We love you. ? ? ?

We get that you can love someone so much that you don’t want them disrespected. But taking that love and morphing it into the worst kind of hate, hate that pushes someone to tears and asking that they kill themselves? That’s just … insane.

Although Beyoncé herself hasn’t released a statement, there’s no doubt that, as someone who’s shown over and over that she’s only full of love, she doesn’t approve of any of this.

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