Fans are turning on Beyoncé for sharing her last-minute vote for Beto O’Rourke, saying she could’ve helped secure the Democrat a win in the midterms if she pledged her support earlier.
Beyoncé inspired millions of her fans on Tuesday around 4pm ET (3pm CT) by posting a series of pictures sporting a ‘Beto for Senate’ cap, encouraging her followers to head to the polls.
But for many her words came too late. About four hours after her post, the polls closed and Rourke lost to Republican Senator Ted Cruz by just three percentage points.
‘I’m feeling grateful for everyone before me who fought so hard to give us all the right to have a voice. We can’t voice our frustrations and complain about what’s wrong without voting and exercising our power to make it right,’ she wrote in her Instagram caption.
‘We need you. We all need each other, because when we are truly united we are unstoppable. Sending you all love and positivity on this happy voting day!’ she added.
Fans were quick to share their disappointment with the Crazy in Love singer on Twitter after Rourke lost.
‘I blame Beyoncé for this! Homegirl couldn’t tweet a day earler??? #seriously #fixitJesus,’ one user posted.
‘That hat should of came a week ago @Beyoncé. I know it’s not your fault but this is like your hbo documentary all over again equally poignant & meaningless. #Beyonce4Beto,’ another user said.
‘If anyone should be ashamed about Beto is should be @Beyoncé she did nothing and come in with three hours left to vote,’ another fan stated.
On Instagram the heated comments poured in on the singer’s Beto post.
‘Too late @Beyoncé!!!!! Timing is everything. If there’s a Dec 4th run off election for Georgia between Brian Kemp and Stacey Abrams, I hope you’ll DO THE RIGHT THING & get out there SOONER. We need you,’ one Instagram fan wrote.
‘Yeah…should have spoke sooner. Too little too late. When this posted there was only two hours left to vote,’ another user added.
‘Why did you wait so long to endorse him tho,’ one fan said with a sad face.
‘Like literally the day of the election when Texas doesn’t have same-day registration. Ya failed us @beyonce,’ one user wrote, pointing that the star likely inspired people to vote.
‘Seriously? You wait till the day of a consequential election to voice your support for the under dog. I’m glad to see you value your [money] more than the common good,’ one angry user wrote.
Others were quick to defend the star saying although she may have not posted as early as other celebrities, she’s always pushed for her followers to be political by having voter registration available at all of her U.S. concerts.
‘And let’s not forget that Beyoncé had voter registration at all of her US concerts. #Vote #Beyonce4Beto,’ one user tweeted.
‘Beto did not lose because of Beyoncé. Log out and put your phone down. Thanks Goodnight,’ one Twitter user defended.
In response to one tweet saying ‘if only Beyoncé tweeted 20 minutes earlier…’ one user said: ‘Yes, Cameron, bc … all of those white racist voters would really care about what Beyoncé has to say.’
Many Twitter users resounded this point, that Beyoncé, though as famous as she may be, may not have been able to swing conservative voters away from Ted Cruz.
O’Rourke, on the other hand, didn’t seem to mind the timing of her support sharing her photo on Twitter writing ‘Thank you, Beyoncé!’
She hasn’t commented on her late endorsement.
SOURCE: Daily Mail