Yesterday, we reported on a story about Beyonce’s people requesting that websites remove a series of “unflattering” images of the singer performing at the Super Bowl. Though she nearly always looks amazing, sites like Buzzfeed found a few shots of her, each taken at the perfect moment, that made her look somewhere less beautiful than normal.
Of course, by the very act of requesting that these images be removed from the Internet, her representatives ensured that they would soon spread to all corners of the Internet. There’s a name for this phenomenon: the Streisand Effect. It all stems from the time Barbara Steisand’s representatives asked the administrators of a website full of thousands of California coastline photos to remove an aerial photo depicting the star’s home (even though she wasn’t identified in the photo and only six people had actually downloaded it). This absurd and overreaching request inspired thousands of Internet users to actively spread the photo all over the Internet, ensuring that Streisand got the exact opposite of what she wanted.
This leads us back to Beyonce. Today, members of Team Beyonce probably wish they had done their reading before requesting the removal of the pictures they deemed unflattering. The race is now on to Photoshop the single most unflattering photo of Beyonce — and the citizens of the Internet are delivering in a big way.
Below, the very best of the “Unflattering Beyonce” meme:
D-Generation X Beyonce
Penis Powers Beyonce