OG’s will and have a right to share their opinions, no matter the ramifications. Case in point, Dionne Warwick recently expressed her belief that Beyoncé was not an icon, yet—so of course, some of, the Beyhive and Twitter got all in their feelings.
In a recent Essence interview with the legendary Ms. Warwick, and she spoke her truth.
“I have an admiration for Beyoncé Knowles, Carter now. Watching her growth has been quite refreshing. It’s wonderful to see how she’s been able to create what and who she wanted to be and who she is… very proud of that, I really am. Now sustaining and becoming a big icon that Gladys Knight, or Patti LaBelle, or Johnny Mathis, or Frank Sinatra, or Sammy Davis Jr. is? I doubt that,” she said.
Well, intentional or not, that’s gaslighting to the BeyHive. She added, “And I love her to death and can appreciate her talent. But that iconic status? It’s a long road.”
Arguments can be made for both sides, but it quickly devolved into generational slander on the Internets. Peep some of the more potent takes below.
I'm a Beyoncé stan but what we're not gonna do is drag living legend Dionne Warwick. You can disagree with her but the amount of disrespect I'm seeing is out of control. She paved the way for 90% of your faves. pic.twitter.com/PPr829HdBm— Hiatus Melanie Activated (@MelHawk92) May 23, 2019
dionne warwick helped open the doors for damn near every black female performer in contemporary music. ya’ll not about to drag the first black female pop star, nah.— eric ☥ . (@thetrillgent) May 23, 2019
Marie Dionne Warwick is from north Jersey and nearly 80 years old. Please know that she is strapped at all times and is absolutely not one of your lil friends. https://t.co/E3ez6pi6v7— April (@ReignOfApril) May 24, 2019
7. Peep the ignorance.
8. More tomfoolery.
Dionne Warwick is the reason why black girls can sing pop music. https://t.co/EbnCZnkfA7— ying ying ying around the house (@_digitaldash) May 23, 2019
For those of you who are talking shit about Dionne Warwick, remember this:— hellresidentNY (@hellresidentNY) May 24, 2019
Dionne is a legend in her own right.
And Dionne's cousin was Whitney Houston.
Whitney. Fucking. Houston!
And you really think that Dionne is going to be easily impressed by anyone else?
Even Beyoncé? pic.twitter.com/jB7zszYVx1
Dionne Warwick: Beyoncé ain’t no classic or iconc sin....— Bunifa Latifah Halifah Sharifa Jackson (@POPOFFSON_) May 23, 2019
Bey Hive: pic.twitter.com/KYMCORj1CY
So y’all on here disrespecting Dionne Warwick? Man, this generation is wild. pic.twitter.com/MRXtnPkFBx— 🤷🏾♂️ (@RegalBasil) May 24, 2019
I saw Dionne Warwick trending! She is a legend! Who in the hell is talking trash about her?? pic.twitter.com/yl7zVTzzCP— Senior Mama (@mama_senior) May 24, 2019
15. Pray for her.
Dionne Warwick needs to be worrying about where her next meal will come from instead of Beyoncé’s icon status. pic.twitter.com/TWMtwenqLy— blinding lights (@BEYUPDATES2) May 23, 2019