Celebrities endorsing political candidates has become common in the campaigning process. Of course, some celebrities steer clear from doing so to not alienate their fan-base, which may have different views.
So it comes as no surprise that Queen B showed her support for Democratic Texas Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke yesterday in his race against incumbent Ted Cruz.
However, many fans are upset at Bey's action. Not because she endorsed O'Rourke against Cruz, but because the endorsement came on the very day of the election, which fans believe was way too late to have any influence on votes for O'Rourke, who ultimately lost by just over 200,000 votes.
beyonce really waited until 4pm on election day to publicly endorse beto .. girl pic.twitter.com/cIv0JtmcLQ— maría (@maria_omfg) November 7, 2018
Others were much more blunt with their criticism of Bey's late endorsement.
Beyonce was TRASH for posting that late ass Beto announcement. I SAID IT.— play/mate (@whoisjayflowers) November 7, 2018
Even those who "love her" believe the world-renowned artist acted way too late.
Why does Beyoncé swoop in at the last minute and endorse the right candidate when it’s too late? (She did it it with Hillary and now with Beto.) Speak up when it’s early enough that your voice can do something or sit down. It’s lame. (I STILL LOVE HER.) #Beyonce #BetoForTexas— Katie/Pastore (@NotGayleKing) November 6, 2018
However, the BeyHive was in full defense of their favorite artist, and clapped back at those criticizing the 22-time Grammy award-winning singer.
Y'all really spent last night and this morning blaming Beyonce for Beto's loss and I really have to laugh at how incredibly myopic and frankly anti-Black that political viewpoint is. Y'all need to disabuse yourself of the idea that platform size is a metric for electoral success.— Phillip Henry (@MajorPhilebrity) November 7, 2018
Many believe the blame should not be put on Beyonc
@NYpost Beyoncé is not the reason Beto did not win. Beyoncé is responsible for one vote and one vote only. Put the blame where it belongs. White women. The same women who elected the Orange man pic.twitter.com/pUKwaR1t0o— Trey’Mora (@Esquire_832) November 7, 2018
Ultimately, we'll never know if O'Rourke would have won if Beyoncé
However, perhaps we should stop looking to celebrities for political endorsements and just vote based on our own morals. Just a thought.