Like, oh, basically everyone everywhere, I’ve been totally consumed with thoughts about the fight between Jay Z and Solange Knowles following the Met Ball a few weeks ago, security footage of which was leaked online yesterday. I’m a fangirl of both Knowles sisters, and my belief in everlasting love is tied maybe a little too closely to the marriage between Jay and Beyonce, so as a Carter Family obsessive, this story is impossible to ignore. Given that Beyonce and Jay Z’s life is presented so flawlessly to the public — even their past troubles have been presented after the fact with a glossy veneer of hindsight and lessons learned — the elevator brawl between Beyonce’s husband and her little sister Solange reveals a rather large chink in the Carter Family armor, provoking loads of understandable questions and speculation.
Chances are good that we’ll never know the details, and even if anyone involved does explain what went down, it’ll be carefully worded. To be very, very clear though: Solange Knowles violently attacking Jay Z, for any reason, is not okay. It’s assault. How this will play out legally, now that the tape has been released to the public and thus to the attention of authorities, remains to be seen.
Whenever I do hear about a woman being violent towards a man, I’m forced to confront my own history of such behavior. I can count the number of times where I’ve “snapped” to such a degree on less than two hands, only three of which actually resulted in physical contact. They all involved men I was very close to and love/loved. (I’ve never been in a physical fight with another woman and very rarely verbally fight with other women.) Keep reading »
3pm: This post has been updated to include TMZ’s extended version of the video after the jump.
All is not as well as it seems in Beyoncé’s world. In a surveillance video obtained by TMZ, her sister Solange Knowles is seen punching and kicking Jay Z inside an elevator allegedly at some point after the Met Ball last week. The video, shot from above, shows Jay in his white tux entering the elevator at the Standard Hotel, with Solange getting up in his face and taking swings until she’s pulled away by someone who appears to be a body guard. It looks like Beyoncé is behind Jay and comes to stand between them at some point. It’s clear that the in-laws are exchanging heated words about something, but all the violence on the tape is coming from Solange. Damn, I would love to know what that argument was about. Sigh. Families. Keep reading »