Beyoncé has paid tribute to a fan who was slain while attempting to voguing to one of her songs.
On Monday, the Crazy In Love singer paid tribute to O’Shae Sibley, a 28-year-old dancer and choreographer who was tragically murdered in New York on Saturday.
“REST IN POWER, O’SHEA SIBLEY,” Beyoncé said on her website.
The New York Times said that O’Shae and his companions were approached by two males after voguing to songs from Beyoncé’s 2022 Renaissance album at a Brooklyn gas station about 11 p.m.
O’Shae is said to have confronted the males while they were shouting homophobic remarks. One of the men then stabbed him, according to authorities.
He was taken to Maimonides Medical Centre, where he was pronounced dead.
Vogueing is a type of dance that started in New York’s black LGBTQ community and has since been popularised by music stars such as Madonna and reality TV show RuPaul’s Drag Race.
According to reports, a hate crimes investigation into the attack has commenced.
The world is mourning the death of O’Shae Sibley, a great dancer and choreographer who found delight in voguing to Beyoncé’s music.
Beyoncé’s touching homage on her website emphasises the significance of standing up to hatred and intolerance.
The art of voguing, which arose from the inventiveness of the black queer community, has encountered its fair share of obstacles and struggles, and O’Shae’s untimely death is a sombre reminder of the work that still to be done to create a more inclusive and welcoming society.
Let us remember O’Shae’s enthusiasm and commitment to his art while the inquiry into this hate crime continues, and continue to appreciate and protect the diversity that makes our world a wonderful place.
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