Ed Sheeran, would it kill you to make an effort?The singer-songwriter is making waves on social media today after duetting with fellow superstar Beyonce at the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 in South Africa on Sunday.
The pair duetted together on the hit song Perfect, but their onstage ensembles were not exactly in sync.
Beyonce looked every inch the diva, wearing a wearing a "sculptural fuchsia gown with a long train by Ashi Studio".
And Ed? Well, he dressed like … Ed Sheeran, wearing a black T-shirt on top of a white long-sleeved T-shirt, with dark jeans and sneakers.
The sartorial difference between these two — arguably the biggest male and female pop stars in the world right now — was hard to ignore:
Ed Sheeran is a 27 year old man the fact we've enabled him to feel it's ok to dress like this at all, let alone next to Beyoncé really boils my piss pic.twitter.com/Q6XqgTFuvQ
— shon faye. (@shonfaye) December 4, 2018
— Dave Hannan (@DrSausageThumb) December 4, 2018
Ed Sheeran is actually wearing a 3-piece custom tuxedo. That's just what white people always look like standing next to Beyoncé. pic.twitter.com/YO2nyuNOSw
— Solomon Georgio (@solomongeorgio) December 4, 2018
I get that this is his vibe? And he was performing his own set previously? But also maybe they should put him in prison for this?https://t.co/H7aJlEsIKc
— R. Eric Thomas (@oureric) December 4, 2018
thousands of people, apparently: beyonce wore a dress and ed sheeran wore a shirt and here's why that's a Problem
thousands more people, apparently: here's why saying that's a Problem is a Problem
— Léa Antigny (@leaantigny) December 4, 2018
beyonce is me on instagram and ed sheeran is me on twitter pic.twitter.com/XH1diYZPis
— Jill Gutowitz (@jillboard) December 4, 2018
Looking at this photo, it's hard to believe that men have been the traditionally dominant sex. pic.twitter.com/uJI7X553Cz
— Sophie Vershbow (@svershbow) December 4, 2018
BEYONCÉ CAN DRESS HOWEVER SHE WANTS. SHE HAS THE POWER OF CHOICE AND SHE EXERCISES IT.
ED SHEERAN CAN DRESS HOWEVER HE WANTS. HE HAS THE POWER OF CHOICE AND HE EXERCISES IT.
ARTISTS HAVE AGENCY, AND WILL PRESENT THEMSELVES HOW THEY WISH.
— Infinthony FanTHANOS (@theneedledrop) December 4, 2018
I see two artist who are wearing outfits that represent them. Ed is being Ed and Beyonce is being her fabulous self. Why impose gender double standard where there is none. You think Beyonce let's anyone tell her what to do?
— lindi ortega (@lindiortega) December 4, 2018
Its nice that Ed Sheeran still dresses like a busker even if he's on stage with Beyoncé possibly the most glamorous woman on the planet. pic.twitter.com/wjzHzMW52m
— Becky (@GRravski) December 4, 2018
On the debate on Beyoncé's and Ed Sheeran's outfits at the Global Citizen Festival:
Interesting how the discussion mentions gender and not race. Make no mistake - the standard is definitely higher for Black women than it is for white women.
And that's my tea for the day
— Attou (@black_bi_babe) December 4, 2018
This photo is v v v v representative of what we expect from men and women at the top of their game, isn't it? https://t.co/cfeLw8n1aI
— Daniel (@sillyolddaniel) December 4, 2018
As debate rages on, let's be thankful that at least one Twitter user has taken some initiative and presented a solution to the problem:
— The Sports Girl (@SportsGirlTO) December 4, 2018