Tina Knowles defends Beyoncé against 'racist statements' about 'Renaissance' premiere look

Tina Knowles is coming to her daughter Beyoncé's defense after the "Renaissance" artist received criticism over a recent photo on social media.

Knowles fired off a lengthy Instagram post on Tuesday to respond to "racist statements" about Beyoncé’s Versace look, which she wore for a pair of portraits shared by designer Donatella Versace to coincide with the release of "Renaissance: A Film by Beyoncé," which premiered in Los Angeles on Saturday.

Beyoncé seemingly skipped the film's red carpet, which featured famous guests donning mostly black and silver looks in tribute to the chrome aesthetic of Beyoncé’s "Renaissance" album and tour. For her portraits, the "Break My Soul" singer wore a sleek silver gown with matching silver gloves and her hair long, straight and platinum blonde.

"She does a film, called the renaissance, where the whole theme is silver with silver hair, a silver carpet, and suggested silver attire and you bozos decide that she's trying to be a white woman and is bleaching her skin?" Knowles wrote. "How sad is it that some of her own people continue the stupid narrative with hate and jealousy."

Knowles' post included a video that started off with an image of Beyoncé's silver Versace look, interspersed with comments that read "she’s not a Black woman!" and "why she look so white?" The image was followed by a montage of archive clips of Beyoncé, set to the tune of her 2019 song "Brown Skin Girl."

"Black women have worn platinum hair since the Etta James days," Knowles wrote. "I just went and looked at all the beautiful talented black celebrities who have worn platinum hair and it has been just about everyone of them at one time or another. Are they all trying to be white? I am sick and tired of people attacking her."

Knowles concluded: "I am sick of you losers … This girl minds her own business. She helps people whenever she can. She lifts up & promotes black women and underdogs at all times."

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A number of stars took to the comments section to praise Knowles for her defense of Beyoncé, including Destiny’s Child member LaTavia Roberson.

"Educate Them. they always try to break The Black Woman especially one they feel intimidated by," Roberson wrote. "The true definition of a protector 👏👏👏👏👏"

"I love you so much Ms. Tina!" Keke Palmer commented. "She deserves to be protected in this way!"

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"You have raised beautiful, strong, intelligent black, PROUD TO BE BLACK women," Octavia Spencer wrote. "Anyone who says otherwise has their own issues to deal with. I’m sorry you’ve come across the negative comments that people don’t realize is a reflection of how they feel about themselves."

"Snaps to all this!!!" Cynthia Erivo commented. "You have EVERY right to stand behind your baby girl!!! Love you ❤️❤️❤️"

"Haters are ALWAYS gonna hate!" Vivica A. Fox wrote. "The higher (you) go the thinner the air! #FACTS #BLACKEXCELLENCE 👏🏾👸🏽🤑💯👏🏾"

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Contributing: Caché McClay, USA TODAY Network

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