A star-studded lineup including Beyonce and Ed Sheeran played at the Global Citizen Festival on Sunday night in honor of Nelson Mandela.
The lingering debate, however, has not been about wrongful imprisonment, politics, or apartheid; it has been about fashion. Specifically, the difference between expectations we place on men and women.
Ed and Beyonce performed a duet. Ed in his signature jeans and a T-shirt and Beyonce in… Whatever you call that gown. I wanna say “Sexy Flamingo.”
— billboard hip-hop (@billboardhiphop) December 3, 2018
People are questioning why Sheeran can get away with dressing down, believing that if Beyonce had done the same, the media would have eaten her up.
Others are saying that this is all being blown out of proportion. After all, Ed Sheeran and Beyonce have very specific styles and all they did is live up to it.