Dionne Warwick Clarifies Comments About Beyoncé After Beyhive Wreaks Havoc
We get it, Beyhive. But respect your elders.
In an interview with Essence published Wednesday, Warwick, 78, acknowledged Bey's success in the music industry.
"I have an admiration for Beyoncé Knowles Carter now," the New Jersey native said. "Watching her growth has been quite refreshing. It's wonderful to see how she's been able to create what and who she wanted to be and who she is… very proud of that, I really am."
Had she stopped there, the Hive would have been satisfied. However, Warwick continued by saying Mrs. Carter has yet to cement herself as a big icon.
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"Now sustaining and becoming a big icon that Gladys Knight, or Patti LaBelle, or Johnny Mathis, or Frank Sinatra, or Sammy Davis Jr. is? I doubt that. And I love her to death and can appreciate her talent. But that iconic status? It's a long road [ahead]."
Like clockwork, the Beyhive swarmed Warwick's Instagram page with hoards of bee emojis and tossed plenty of shade her direction on Twitter.
All respect to Dionne Warwick, but she is really coming off as a hater. Her voice, even in it’s prime, is nowhere near as amazing as Beyoncé’s at any point. Her own niece(Whitney Houston) voice was in a league of it’s own, and Whitney outsold her. So has Beyoncé— Cardi at the tip top bitch (@bardixbey) May 23, 2019
Dionne Warwick is very successful but she hasn’t had a fifth of the success that Beyoncé has had. The jealous jumped!— Cal (@cal_erm) May 23, 2019
Dionne Warwick: Beyoncé ain’t no classic or iconc sin....— Bunifa Latifah Halifah Sharifa Jackson (@POPOFFSON_) May 23, 2019
Bey Hive: pic.twitter.com/KYMCORj1CY
Not all Hive members were quick to criticize the "Valley of the Dolls" crooner, calling on fellow Bey stans to allow a living legend to have an opinion different from theirs.
I'm a Beyoncé stan but what we're not gonna do is drag living legend Dionne Warwick. You can disagree with her but the amount of disrespect I'm seeing is out of control. She paved the way for 90% of your faves. pic.twitter.com/PPr829HdBm— Melanie Hawkins (@MelHawk92) May 23, 2019
"What I said is in quotes," ET Canada reports she wrote. "What @Essence said is not. It takes a long time to reach and achieve iconic status. That’s not to say that Beyoncé isn’t well on her way. She is a gifted performer. That was a reach from Essence."
Perhaps Tamera Mowry, who has also fallen victim to the Beyhive's rage this year, can give Ms. Warwick some advice on handling such a force like Bey's dedicated fans.