The Beyhive is convinced that Beyoncé shaded Donald Glover over his Amazon Prime series Swarm, which was released in March. In the clip, Beyoncé was performing the Renaissance track “America Has a Problem.” She shouts to the crowd, “Swarm on these hands, n—-!”
The Amazon Prime limited series focuses on fandom in the eyes of Andrea (Dre), played by Dominque Fishback. The woman has an obsession with a pop star (that is supposed to resemble Beyoncé) whose fandom leads her to commit violent acts following the death of her foster sister, played by Chloe Bailey. The series was created by both Glover and Janine Nabers.
However, it could also just be a coincidence that Beyoncé used the word “swarm” and did not call out the series since she is dressed in a bee-inspired stage costume. Some fans are still not convinced.
One fan attached a similar video, writing, “Looks like she wasn’t a fan of the show Swarm [laughing emoji].”
“To everyone that said ‘Beyoncé loved swarm’ like no she did not,” another fan wrote with an attached video.
While Beyoncé may not have shaded Glover, the Atlanta creator did get pushback after he said he did not properly prepare Fishback for her role.
“I kept telling her, ‘You’re not regular people. You don’t have to find the humanity in your character. That’s the audience’s job’,” the director told Vulture.
“She really was lost a lot of the time,” he said. “Think of it more like an animal and less like a person … Actors in general, they want to get layered performances. And I don’t think Dre is that layered.”
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He added: “I wanted her performance to be brutal. It’s a raw thing. It reminds me of how I have a fear with dogs because I’m like, ‘You’re not looking at me in the eye, I don’t know what you’re capable of.'”
Many internet users were upset with Glover’s “animal” comment and took to Twitter to vocalize their frustrations with him.
“To say that a Black female character, especially one who is a serial killer navigating through trauma on trauma and obsessive behavior, ISN’T LAYERED and IS MORE OF AN ANIMAL, continues to prove how this man regards Black women on screen,” screenwriter Kellee Terrell wrote.