The Brief: Queen Bey's reaction to having someone lean over her to talk to Jay-Z during a Warriors vs. Raptors game has been widely memed as a relatably uncomfortable experience.


During game 3 of the NBA finals, while Beyoncé and Jay-Z sat courtside, cameras captured Beyoncés reaction to a woman leaning over her to talk to Jay-Z. While most of us probably can’t relate to the experience of being Beyoncé, or even of sitting courtside at an NBA game, we can relate to her subtle but unmistakable show of annoyance at being ungraciously ignored.

Fans have speculated that Beyoncé’s expression was a reaction to having her personal space encroached upon while someone talked to her husband but ignored her.

The woman in the video is Nicole Curran, the wife of the Warriors owner Joe Lacob. After facing significant backlash from Beyoncé stans, she clarified that she had only briefly talked to Jay-Z and that in the video clarifying Jay-Z’s drink order (after offering the couple drinks), leaning in because the stadium was loud.

Whatever was really happening in the video, this moment has been turned into a viral meme. Some jokes are about Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s relationship while many others note how Beyoncé’s facial expressions can be applied to a myriad of universal situations.

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Y’all. I. Am. Screaming. 🤣🤣🤣😩😩😩😩😭😭😭🥴🥴🥴. Beyoncé 👏🏾 is 👏🏾all 👏🏾of us👏🏾! I cannot tell you the amount of times some dusty ass heaux has just been loitering in a convo with my boyfriend while I’m just standing there waiting awkwardly like I’m in group 17 for American Airlines and the AA employee is like, “There is no more overhead bin space left, so people in group 17 will have to check their luggage and perform elective surgery to remove a kidney in order to board this flight.” And of course @britishbaekoff is clueless – #StaceyDashForgotSheBlack – and will be like, “Oh, she’s just trying to be nice.” Bitch, no. There is a difference between somebody being friendly and someone invading my personal space, so they can try and deep sea dive on your bangers and mash. Like just peep the audacity of Courtside Caroline risking her raggedy ass life to get air time with Jay Z! First, Bey looks at the woman like, “I just be dropping whole ass albums and documentaries on the surprise, had emergency C-section to deliver my twins, but you ain’t got nothing to say to me? Oh…ok.” HAHAHAHAHAHAHA. The ignorance of sitting next to Beyoncé and treating her like a bowl of boiled broccoli. Second, Beyoncé’s lunge forward with the hand wave was the classic, “BITCH, I KNOW PEOPLE, TOO! LOOK!” And Courtside Caroline still ain’t get the hint. Trust & believe that when you are pushing up on someone and their significant oth is just waving at folks like they’re Ariel on a float at a Disney World parade that someone ain’t waving at shit! We are warming up our wrists in case we have to slap somebody #. Third, Beyoncé’s nudge at the end is iconic and universal because she knows the cameras are on her, so she can’t beat this heaux down, but she needs to send a message. And that message is: “Keep playing with me and grazing my clothes with your boo boo ass silk top. I have people who can find out when you live and throw out all your Lululemons and dry shampoo.” Like when are women going to learn they need to treat Jay Z like Bruce Willis in “The Sixth Sense” aka you don’t see him because he’s dead…to you? Let Bey live! She’s been thru enough. #YQY #Beyonce

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The Nudge

Fans pointed to what looks like a discreet nudge/scoot from Bey as her way of signaling to Nicole to back off.

Backlash From The BeyHive 🐝

The hostility that Nicole Curran was subject to points to how what may be a fun meme for some can be a devastating source of harassment for others. After facing online death threats, Curran switched her Instagram account to private. While the video may be amusing, it’s absolutely not an excuse to harass a stranger on the internet, no matter how devoted of a Beyoncé stan one may be.

Memes Galore

Memes featuring Beyonce’s facial expressions in this moment cover a variety of topics from Lemonade lyrics to High School Musical references.

Several people have pointed out that this video is reminiscent of a similar scene in which Jake Gyllenhaal and Beyoncé appeared to be having an engaging conversation while Jay-Z sat awkwardly between them, which also inspired a slew of memes.

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There goes my dinner plans (via anonymous 📥)

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