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Beyonce Says That Commenters Are The Worst, So She And I Have That In Common

Beyonce performing at Made In America August 2013This is a very exciting moment, you guys — this is the moment that Beyonce and I first begin to realize that we are twins separated at birth. You know that moment in The Parent Trap when Lindsay Lohan and Lindsay Lohan turn to each other, open-mouthed and say, “If my mum is your mum…and your dad is my dad, then…”? Well that’s the series of events that’s about to get started with Beyonce and I, because we just found our first thing in common, and it’s all gonna spiral into amazingness from here.

She recently gave an interview to the Australian edition of Marie Claire, and she talked about how even if she’s reading an article about herself, she stops short of reading the user comments at the end of the page. Mostly on account of people being the worst:

“Don’t scroll down! You’re definitely going to get your feelings hurt.”

And she’s right! I experience that all the time! As it turns out, Crushable is my first professional writing job, and after my first day of work, I was excitedly showing the guy I was dating boning, one of my first ever posts, when I noticed it had a comment on it. And oh my god, I was so excited to read it. As I recall, it was a post criticizing Kris Humphries (this was back when his divorce from Kim Kardashian was still raging, and she was just starting to date to to date Kanye West), and as I clicked on my first ever comment on this website, I discovered two things: A. Kris Humphries unexpectedly has fans and B. they are rabid.

First comment ever

So my FULL NAME and the c-word. In the same post.Oh man you guys, I nailed it. I effing nailed it. So yeah, Bey, obviously I get it, so any time you want to switch places and see if Jay Z and my decidedly non-rapper boyfriend notice, you let me know. I’ll be waiting by the phone for the first draft of your family tree to come through so I can start memorizing.

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  • Kelly D.

    To be fair, you’ve mostly been patronizing and all judge-y to commenters who disagree with you (this goes for a lot of the writers at Crushable). It feels and looks like you just mock them, instead of either leaving their comment alone or being respectful of their view. I get that this site isn’t meant to be professional, and it’s just all for fun… but it’s not fun to visit a website where a reader feels they’ll be mocked for sharing different opinions.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      I think you’ll find if you look through comments on our various posts, and our responses to those comments, that we’re very polite and rational when people just share their opinions. I like hearing opposing perspectives, and I react accordingly.

      But when we’re attacked or mocked as writers, we definitely snark back. I own that 100%. But that said, it’s never on the commenter themselves, only on the negative things they elect to say to and about us. I really do make a point of drawing that line.

    • Leah

      Actually (and I say this with the best of intentions), you don’t. Last week, the entire Crushable team seemed to suffer from Mean-Girls-Syndrome: mocking, belittling, ganging up against commenters, making fun of spelling mistakes (not that Crushable and its sister sites should be throwing any stones). I think many of you lack the maturity to know that sometimes rising above a comment is a much better argument than striking back.

    • Jenni

      Lemme step in here. If a reader leaves a thoughtful comment disagreeing with us, we’ll respond thoughtfully. But if a reader leaves a comment that’s an attack on us, we’re not going to respond like it’s a real comment.

    • Kelly D.

      There’s been more than one time where a reader doesn’t mention the writer at all in their comment, but the writer will go ahead and mock them. I really want to love this site so much, but that’s what keeps me from becoming a supportive Crushable reader.

    • Jenni

      We definitely don’t make it our goal to attack readers for expressing their opinion. If it’s being interpreted as such, then we’ll definitely discuss that as a team. But I really can’t think of an instance when we mocked a reader for a well-worded opinion.

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    • Alexis Rhiannon

      Do you have a post you can point to where you were specifically offended by the comments? I’d really like for us to be on the same page; I don’t want people to feel like they’ll be attacked for sharing their opinions.

      …but at the same time I definitely do want to make sure that I stand up for myself when people are unnecessarily rude to me, y’know?

    • Kelly D.


      The way you defended yourself seemed to just lower yourself down to the level of the same people that you had just called out on for being rude.

      “I was wondering why you did it and you just respond with snark. I admit I could have moved on but I was curious as to your motives for doing it, nothing more. Your response fails to answer that really and as such was unneeded.” –so I guess I’m not alone in feeling that snarky mockery.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      Did you read some of those comments to me? And if you did, did you feel like they were appropriate? Because if those were appropriate, then so were my responses. I stand behind that.

    • http://twilightirruption.blogspot.com/ abbeysbooks

      Great. You openly verbalize the difference between content and intent. You almost always reply to intent. Like a good therapist. Don’t stop.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      Is there a post in particular that you’re referring to?