I have a long-standing soft spot in my heart for Ms. Knowles, and although I’m not much of a celebrity gossip follower, I was very happy to hear about her giving birth to baby Blue Ivy, with husband Jay-Z. Jay even wrote a song about it — and while it’s admittedly not the hottest track, it is extremely sweet and no I did not tear up I JUST HAVE SOMETHING IN MY EYE.
Anyway, people are apparently mad because Beyonce gave birth at a hospital in New York, and the hospital had to take extra security precautions to block paparazzi. That meant that some parents weren’t able to get around the hospital as freely. As Amanda points out, yes I am sure that is frustrating, but the alternative is having the hospital swarmed with paparazzi — which is significantly more disturbing and intrusive and potentially dangerous.
I definitely get the frustrations of the new parents who had to put up with the extra security in the hospital because they had the misfortune to be there at the same time as Beyoncé, but at a certain point, I wish people would just get a grip. It sounds like the hospital did an excellent job of creating enough security to keep the area from getting clogged up with paparazzi without making it impossible for other parents to maneuver around the hospital. For everyone who thinks that it’s a pain to have to go through a couple extra steps to see your baby, imagine what it would be like if they had no security and you had to get around desperate photographers trying to get that million dollar picture of the baby. Sometimes it pays to step back and think of the alternatives before indulging yourself in a self-righteous huff.
Or you could just get into a self-righteous huff about the fact that Beyonce stole your baby name (obviously). And “now every hoochie mama will be calling their kid Ivy and my little Ivie won’t have an original name.” Extra points for racism.