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Beyoncé needs to restrain her Beyhive after Nicole Curran death threats | The Star

“Admit it, Bozo!” they’d shout. “You are Becky with the good hair!”

All fan bases are, by definition, fanatical. But the Beyhive is certifiable.

It makes the MAGA crowd look circumspect and reasonable.

Shared by ESPN, the short clip shows Nicole Curran, wife of Golden State Warriors’ owner Joe Lacob. She is perched courtside, next to Beyoncé, and chatting with Jay-Z. As it turns out, Curran invited the power couple to the game. They were her guests. And like any good hostess, all she was doing in the clip was taking drink orders.

But given the roar inside Oracle Arena, she could not hear Jay-Z.

So she leaned across Beyoncé: did Jay-Z want lime with his vodka soda?

Big no-no. Curran might as well have stuck her tongue down his throat.

The Beyhive, forever on guard for threats to their queen, real or imagined, flew into attack formation: Who was this home-wrecking skank in the yellow blouse flirting with Jay-Z? How dare she disrespect Queen Bey and pretend she wasn’t even there? Can’t this floozy see the Queen’s side-eye and body language that silently screams, “Stop talking to my husband”? This bimbo must be destroyed!

Within minutes, the Beyhive buzzed Curran’s social media.

As ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne reported, the online vitriol left Curran in tears. In addition to the harassment and bullying, Curran also got death threats. She was encouraged to do things that are anatomically impossible. The abuse was so bad, and so relentless, she disabled her Instagram “just to make it stop.”

“There was no hostility,” Curran told Shelburne. “I was trying to be a good hostess. I’ve never experienced cyber bullying like this. I can’t believe our players go through this. That kids go through this.”

On Thursday, Beyoncé’s publicist, Yvette Noel-Schure, addressed the issue within a caption on an Instagram post: “It will bring no joy to the person you love so much if you spew hate in her name.”

That’s an important message.

It would be even more powerful coming directly from Beyoncé.

Now, I don’t want any trouble with the Beyhive. I’ve had enough problems in the past with Beliebers and the Britney Army. But with respect, Beyoncé, how hard is it to condemn death threats? How much effort does it take to tell your unhinged fans to knock it off already? Why not just post a photo with Curran from Game 3 in which you thank your host for her generous hospitality?

But since none of that happened, I can only conclude Beyoncé secretly loves that her fans are so psychotically loyal. This isn’t the first time the Beyhive has overreacted. Just ask Omari Hardwick or Rachel Roy or Kid Rock or Target or Wendy Williams or Madame Tussauds or on and on and on. If the Beyhive ever perceived Beyoncé having a beef with oxygen, they’d boycott breathing.

And that’s the key word in all of this: perceived.

Short of corroborating evidence or common sense, the Beyhive scrutinized a fleeting clip and concluded their idol was the victim of a slight. She wasn’t, and her silence only let things spiral out of control.

By sharp contrast, another courtside drama from Game 3 — the Raps’ Kyle Lowry getting shoved by Mark Stevens, a Warriors’ investor — resulted in prompt action.

The NBA fined Stevens $500,000 (U.S.) and banned him from attending all games for a year. Meanwhile, the Warriors put out a statement: “Mr. Stevens’ behaviour last night did not reflect the high standard that we hope to exemplify as an organization. We’re extremely disappointed in his actions and, along with Mr. Stevens, offer our sincere apology to Kyle Lowry and the Toronto Raptors organization for this unfortunate misconduct.”

The speed and severity of this official rebuke sent a clear signal.

It’s a signal Beyoncé might consider next time her fans spew hate in her name.

Vinay Menon is the Star’s pop culture columnist based in Toronto. Follow him on Twitter: @vinaymenon

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