Last Saturday, April 23, the world was minding its own business when Beyonce decided to pull a ‘Yonce and casually drop an entire visual album during an HBO special that most assumed would be a simple video premiere. The album, titled Lemonade, was more than just a standard release. It proved to be an incredibly personal project that directly addressed Beyonce’s long-rumored marital strife in a raw and honest way that exposed the singer like never before.

The project simultaneously intertwined the fashion, vision and poetry of women from the black diaspora, including Warsan Shire, a Somali-British poet whose work Beyonce recites throughout. By reframing the narrative to include prose and visual cues that brought to mind everything from the African continent to the Antebellum South, the album became less about Beyonce’s personal struggles and more about the generational experiences of women, specifically women of color. The overarching theme being despite the difficulties of life it is possible to emerge on the other side and make good ol’ lemonade from lemons.

Expectedly, the Internet had a range of reactions. There was heartfelt praise, more than a little humor, questions for Jay Z and Rachel Roy, plus a lot more.

Here are a few of the best reactions…

They held a funeral for Rachel Roy…

In the song “Sorry,” Beyonce dropped the notable line, “he better call Becky with the good hair.” Shortly afterward, fashion designer and former wife of Dame Dash, Rachel Roy, posted the below on Instagram…

The Beyhive, assuming her to be Jay Z’s former mistress, proceeded to swarm in full force. So much so Roy eventually had to make her Instagram private and has reportedly cancelled an appearance in New York…

 

Rachel Ray and Rachel Roy were briefly the same person…

Clouded by bloodlust and the thirst for vengeance on behalf of their queen, a large number of Beyhive members momentarily forgot how to read. The end result was as tragic for Food Network darling Rachel Ray as it was for Rachel Roy…

“Becky with the good hair” became synonymous with home wrecker…

 

#TarajiPHenson ain't for the ragamuffin men out here either ?? #Beyonce #Lemonade

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Jay Z briefly became public enemy number 1…

https://twitter.com/kateoballard/status/724048920163180546

While Solange became a national hero…

People were unapologetically political…

 

 

Words by Stephanie Smith-Strickland
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