The video quickly went viral on social media and became a meme after members of Beyonce’s fan group, known as the Beyhive, called out Curran for daring to “invade” their "queen’s" space.
“I would leave the earth if Beyoncé looked this ready to smack me,” one user wrote on Twitter, later adding, “THE NERVE TO INVADE BEYONCE’S PERSONAL SPACE WHILE WEARING THOSE BOOTS [sic],” referring to Curran’s glittery gold thigh-high boots.
On Thursday, Curran revealed she received intense backlash after the short clip was shared online, telling ESPN reporter Ramona Shelburne she had been “getting death threats on social media all night” and as a result decided to deactivate her Instagram account.
In response to the backlash Yvette Noel-Schure, Beyoncé’s publicist, called on the singer’s fans to not “spew hate”.
Alongside a photo of Beyoncé and Jay-Z from the OTRII tour in 2018, Noel-Schure wrote: “I am looking back today at the start of The OTRII tour, one year ago. It was a place of joy, unimaginable entertainment from two of the best performers in the world, and a place of love.
“Every single day on that tour I saw love. Which is why I also want to speak here to the beautiful BeyHiVE.
“I know your love runs deep but that love has to be given to every human.
“It will bring no joy to the person you love so much if you spew hate in her name. We love you.”
Speaking to Shelburne, Curran revealed that the interaction captured in the now-viral video was completely harmless.
Curran said she had invited Beyoncé and Jay-Z to games countless times, so on Wednesday night she offered them drinks as they were her guests.
Beyoncé asked for water while the “Empire State of Mind” rapper asked for a vodka soda, Curran explained.
That’s when Curran said she asked if Jay-Z “wanted a lime with that".
However, because the Oracle Arena was so loud she couldn’t hear and had to lean over Beyoncé to catch what Jay-Z had said.
“That’s where the photos of Beyoncé looking askance at her came from,” Shelburne reported.
“There was no hostility. I was trying to be a good hostess,” Curran said.
“I’ve never experienced cyber bullying like this. I can’t believe our players go through this. That kids go through this."
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