Why We Should All Stop Hating Rachel Roy

by Stephanie Maida · April 25, 2016

By now we've all seen, heard, and commented on Beyoncé's juicy new album, Lemonade. The overriding theme of course, between her clapback lyrics and fierce feminist babe brigade, is a woman scorned. And whether or not Jay Z really was unfaithful, there's been a certain mythos surrounding the couple ever since that one fateful night in an elevator, when Solange fought for women everywhere by kicking his (could be?) cheatin' ass. 

Alas, the story goes that the "other woman" who sparked Solange's fury was none other than designer Rachel Roy, since identified as the infamous "Becky with the good hair" referenced by Bey in her song, "Sorry." While she certainly brought the shade onto herself, Roy has been barraged by the #BeyHive on social media after posting a, shall we say, suggestive Instagram with the caption "Good hair don’t care, but we will take good lighting, for selfies, or self truths, always. live in the light #nodramaqueens." In order to prevent further lemon and bumble bee emojis from taking over her comments section, Roy has made her account private. 

Buuuuut, she couldn't stop her Wikipedia page from being trolled. In just over an hour on Sunday morning, her page was revised over 180 times, with her name being changed to "Rachel Roach" and "Dusty Side Hoe that died under a lemonade stand." Edits on the page are now locked. 

Even poor, smiley chef Rachael Ray has somehow gotten caught in the crosshairs of this drama, as slightly clueless Bey fans who apparently never watched the Food Network have confused her with Roy. Ray, Roy - same difference, right? 

Here's the thing, we can all feel exasperated about this last part, with people attacking Ray, "the wrong woman." But why do we find it acceptable to attack ANY woman in the first place? If what happened with Bey, Jay, and Roy was indeed real, why does Roy take the fall for it while Jay gets to exclusively premiere his wife's album on his expensive streaming service and make bank off of music that essentially drags him? 

Ever since her Destiny's Child days belting out "Independent Women," Beyoncé has always been an icon of girl power. The extent of her feminism was proven even further in Lemonade, which we must not forget includes her single, "Formation." Basically, writer and editor Sarah Nicole Prickett says it best:

Yes, getting cheated on sucks, and we all would give our life to fight in Beyoncé's army, but by turning on another woman, we are betraying the ideals that Bey herself has taught us. So let's leave both Rachel Roy and Rachael Ray alone, and ladies, now let's get in formation. 

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