Oh jeez Louise. Solange Knowles‘ violent outburst directed at Jay Z after the Met Gala is really spiraling out of control, what with rampant speculation that blame Jay Z, rumors swirling, and no actual information on which to base conclusions. Now, people are reading into Solange’s Instagram actions–most specifically, Solange deleted almost every photo of her sister Beyoncé from her account. It’s really quite sad–this family is clearly going through something major and traumatic.
Deleting all but one photo of Beyonce (the one that was left is from last year and could have been a mistake) does seem pretty pointed. Scrubbing someone from social media is one of the most public ways you can drop someone from your life, and so who even knows what’s happening between the two of them. But it’s now added to the rumors surrounding the altercation and we have a fun, gossipy narrative: Solange was defending Beyoncé from Jay Z. Jay Z provoked Solange. Beyoncé didn’t support Solange, and so Solange dropped her from her life. Boom, we’ve got a story. It’s as salacious and neatly tied up as is it unsubstantiated.
This is the type of story with more questions than answers, and we’re all just grasping at straws here to try to fit it all together. The problem with drawing conclusions from vague information is that it can hardly paint an accurate picture, and so we take the easiest way out when assigning blame.
I don’t know what happened here–Solange’s public statement through Instagram doesn’t really tell us anything more than we already know. There was an altercation in which she got violent and Jay Z did not (although, that hasn’t stopped him from bearing the brunt of the blame), and now she’s deleted Beyonce from social media. Does this really give us anymore answers? No, it doesn’t. So until we have any actual information of substance (which we likely won’t ever have), let’s hold off on grabbing up whispers of information and creating a narrative. We just don’t know what happened.
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