Sheeran re­sponds to crit­i­cism of his dress­ing choice with cheeky In­sta­gram story


Af­ter singer Ed Sheeran sent the in­ter­net in an up­roar for be­ing un­der­dressed dur­ing his duet with Bey­once Knowles, the Grammy win­ner had a funny re­sponse to it.

In a nod to the back­lash, Sheeran re­posted an ar­ti­cle on his In­sta­gram story, ti­tled ‘Peo­ple are an­gry Ed Sheeran wore a shirt while Bey­once wore cou­ture dur­ing their Global Ci­ti­zen per­for­mance’.

While per­form­ing to­gether for the Global Ci­ti­zen Fes­ti­val in Jo­han­nes­burg, South Africa, on Sun­day, fans were quick to crit­i­cise Sheeran’s choice to wear a black T-shirt and sneak­ers on stage, while Bey­once opted for an ex­trav­a­gant pink gown with ruf­fles, re­ports peo­

“Swipe up to ‘get the look,” he wrote along­side the cheeky hash­tag, #dresstoim­press. As he ac­knowl­edged the clash­ing looks, he joked about where to find more of his “amaz­ing fash­ion choices”.

The con­tro­versy sparked memes from the per­for­mance and a real con­ver­sa­tion about male priv­i­lege.

“Ed Sheeran is a 27-yearold man. The fact we’ve en­abled him to feel it’s ok to dress like this at all, let alone next to Bey­once re­ally boils my piss,” wrote one Twit­ter user. An­other pointed to the gen­der ex­pec­ta­tions in the mu­sic in­dus­try say­ing, “This photo is rep­re­sen­ta­tive of what we ex­pect from men and women at the top of their game, isn’t it?”

Many Sheeran fans pointed to the fact that he reg­u­larly per­forms in sim­i­lar looks on stage.


Ed Sheeran was dressed ca­su­ally dur­ing a per­for­mance in Jo­han­nes­burg, South Africa

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