Why The Solange Video Is Actually Not Funny At All

You haven’t been able to navigate the internet this week without seeing memes, tweets and headlines about Solange attacking Jay-Z in an elevator. The hashtag #WhatJayZSaidToSolange started trending almost immediately and is still a world-wide trending topic. It’s actually knocked off #BringBackOurGirls on Twitter feed. That’s really horrible considering there are hundreds of kidnapped schoolgirls still missing, but no, let’s focus on Solange, Jay-Z and Beyonce instead.

Here’s the deal. This situation is not funny. I’ll admit that I was intrigued and that I laughed at some of tweets and memes, but then I really thought about it. I realized that this is a very sad and very real violent situation that we should not be making fun of.

It’s not funny to create fake back stories claiming that Solange is jealous of Beyonce. It’s not funny to make up things that Jay-Z said to “provoke” Solange to violently assault him. It’s not funny to call Solange crazy or say that she “snapped.” It’s not funny to Photoshop pictures of Jay-Z holding signs that say “#BringBackOurGirls But Take Solange.” It’s not funny to make fun of Jay-Z for not retaliating with violence. It’s not funny to make fun of Beyonce for staying calm.

None of these things are okay. We don’t know what the heck happened in that elevator, and you know what? It’s not our business in the first place. We can speculate all we want, but this is obviously a very serious personal matter that went public. As much as we love to be involved in the personal lives of celebrities, we are not. We don’t know what was said in the elevator, and we shouldn’t care because we are not involved.

The fact of the matter is that there was an argument, and violence was the response. Violence is never the answer, nor is it an appropriate or right reaction. But making fun of the situation isn’t appropriate or right either. It’s also unnerving that if Jay-Z had attacked Solange, everyone would have a completely different response. No one would think it was funny. So why is it funny because Solange attacked Jay-Z? It’s not funny at all. It’s violence, period.

All of us should feel ashamed for laughing at such a serious situation. I get that we’re all curious about what happened, but we need to calm the eff down and stay out of what very clearly doesn’t involve us. If this were your family, you’d want the same respect.
What do you think? Do you think it’s okay to make fun of this situation? Tell us in the comments!

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  • Jimbo

    It’s funny.

  • Liz

    It is funny and I don’t care if you think that’s wrong. Just the way it is.

  • Nia

    haha I am not ashamed of myself.

    So what if #BringBackOurGirls got knocked off of the trending topics list? Yes it is certainly a serious issue that deserves our attention, but how much of that attention is just bandwagon. A lot of that trend involved people who aren’t fully informed on the issue, think that the issue hasn’t gotten media attention when actually Nigerian journalism has been on it from the beginning, or think that the only way the girls can be saved is with Western assistance. But that’s neither here nor there…

    As cliche as it is, celebrities understand that public attention and scrutiny come with the territory. This was not some issue of the paparazzi harassing their family and catching footage, the security cameras caught what security cameras are supposed to catch. TMZ abused that. But now the video is here.

    And we’re shocked. Surprise is often accompanied by humor. This information was given to us and that was our natural reaction. Why should we be shamed for that? As much as gURL criticizes Taylor Swift for her relationships (a personal matter) or other women who don’t share our feminist ideals (a personal matter), why can’t we show curiosity about this issue?

    gURL, you don’t have to ALWAYS contradict popular opinion.

    PS. This article should have been about how the jokes saying that Jay Z should have fought back.

  • Tayy

    Can we take a moment to actually analyze our society’s response to this. People are PRAISING Jay-Z for NOT attacking a woman. Uhm NO. You should not EVER ever be praised for something NORMAL. It does not make him any more a man. It makes him a man. Next. Solange ATTACKED him, if this was reversed genders everyone would be up in arms about it, crying abuse. Well guess what is abuse and just like if it was a man there is NO EXCUSE for it. Violence is never ever acceptable regardless of the situation. The fact that our society is laughing it off as a joke is utterly shameful as a culture. They hate Chris Brown for abusing Rihanna yet call for him to take care of Solange ( via memes). What?
    Then people are upset by Beyonce doing nothing, well if someone could tell me what the child could do. Its her husband and her sister, going at it in public. She did the right thing by letting the bodyguard handle it and retaining composure, because if this video was never leaked would anyone have been able to tell this just happened?
    Our society rather talk about this simply because they are celebrities, but we can’t take time to discuss how in other parts of the world girls are being kidnapped and threatened into being sold into marriage to old pervs, because they receive education. In america specifically we tend to take so much for granted and tend to focus on our own selfish superficial problems. ( not that violence is superficial but that fact that we are engorged in the life of celebrities life’s and details we cannot focus on bigger issues.

  • katliyn

    I think this is extremely dramatic