According to a series of tweets by the ESPN reporter Ramona Shelburne, Curran disabled her Instagram account on Thursday morning because she had started to receive death threats—death threats—over the perceived slight in the video. “She had no idea anything was even amiss until she got home and started seeing texts from friends and checked her social media,” Shelburne wrote.
Earlier this week, Beyoncé’s fans took to social media over a viral video of Beyoncé sitting courtside at a basketball game between the Golden State Warriors and the Toronto Raptors, in which she appeared to give the faintest side-eye at Nicole Curran, the wife of the Warriors owner Joe Lacob.
At the outermost layer, there’s the Beyhive, the armada of Beyoncé superfans; then there’s Yvette Noel-Schure, Beyoncé’s longtime publicist; and then there’s the artist herself, notoriously exacting over her public image (right down to declining interviews and getting to write her own cover stories).
The clip, originally posted to ESPN’s Twitter feed, swiftly became a meme, and the Beyhive set itself upon Curran for allegedly invading Beyoncé’s personal space when she leaned over to confer with the singer and business mogul’s husband, Jay-Z.
Whether or not Beyoncé intended to glance askance at Curran, the video makes a really good reaction GIF; the summer of basketball memes continues apace.
Curran leaned in closer to hear his response, asking if he wanted a lime with that—what a good hostess. (This is all confirmed in the video; their lips are not difficult to read, knowing the context. ) Thus the video.
Beyoncé's publicist weighs in. https://t.co/GMR2OyFFx4— W magazine (@wmag) June 7, 2019