Fans were not happy about Omari Hardwick kissing Beyoncé at the NAACP Image Awards
Beyonce Knowles, Queen Bey and leader of the Bey-hive, is a downright icon in the music industry. She's as known for her fashion as much as she is her voice. The 35-year-old Houston native is in the midst of a torrid run on the awards circuit, racking up tons of trophies for her smash-hit 'Lemonade.' Not only is Beyonce adding to her awards collection, but her family as well! Beyonce set the social media world ablaze when she announced she'd be having twins back in February. Together with husband Jay Z,
Over the weekend, the actor, who hails from Savannah, pecked the singer twice — once on the cheek and once near the mouth.
When video of the exchange surfaced, people criticized Hardwick on social media and debated about how women should be addressed.
Several said Hardwick’s salutation was over the top, calling it “unnecessary” and “disrespectful.”
@OmariHardwick 2nd kiss was unnecessary & uncomfortable. Don’t do that again😡. We women so often get touched, kissed, groped & poked in instances exactly like this (at an event, at work, etc). WE DON’T LIKE IT. It’s time to no longer let these moments of discomfort slide. (1/3) https://t.co/ezFrdhvBsU
Fellas, take this Omari Hardwick with Beyoncé situation and apply it to your interactions with women. Handshakes are the answer. You never know if something you’re doing with the hug and kisses on the cheek will make a woman feel awkward so just don’t do. Save yourself the drama
And a few believed fans were overreacting and said “awkward” moments even happen with celebrities.
Does @Beyonce look a little uncomfortable after the second kiss? Yes. But reading body language doesn’t always tell a full story. Bey is also notoriously awkward and shy. I also don’t know what personal relationship she may have with #OmariHardwick.
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