It wouldn't be an award show without a little drama. In case you missed it, Omari Hardwick kissed Beyoncé at the 2019 NAACP Image Awards on Saturday, March 30, the night that both she and Jay Z received honors. She walked home with an award for Entertainer of the Year (duh) and Jay accepted the President's Award. But the awkward interaction with Hardwick may have put a damper on their night.
If you're not sure which awkward moment I'm referring to, allow me to paint a picture. Power actor Hardwick posed for a picture with Jay Z, who was near his wife at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles. The two men stood next to each other while Hardwick shot a quick thumbs up. Then, he greeted Queen Bey with a cheek kiss and hug. Pretty standard stuff — until he decided to follow up with an attempt at a second kiss on her mouth.
The only thing more uncomfortable than Hardwick attempting to kiss Bey a second time is her reaction to him trying to kiss her a second time. He leans in for the kiss and she just smiles uncomfortably and pulls away.
Just look at the cringeworthy interaction here:
The Beyhive was not here for his ballsy move. In fact, they were so upsetted by it that they turned to Twitter to air their grievances.
"That video of Omari Hardwick and Beyoncé," one fan wrote. "What bruh doing?!"
"A respectable handshake would have worked just fine from Omari Hardwick," another fan wrote. "Women don’t need to be grabbed, hugged and kissed unless its your wife/girlfriend. Beyonce should have slapped him!"
"I can’t stop watching the video of Omari hardwick kisding Beyoncé and that second kiss was sooooo uncalled for and disrespectful," another fan wrote.
"Men when a woman's smile turns into a frown you have either done something inappropriate or disrespectful.
@OmariHardwick you disrespected @Beyonce," another wrote. "You made her uncomfortable. The same way you approached her husband was how you should have approached her. No double kiss."
Fans also took to Instagram to condemn the Power actor in his comments.
"You picked your side, you go home and enjoy that unseasoned chicken. Don’t disrespect Bey ever! 🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝," one obvious Bey fan wrote in the comments section of one of his posts.
Another kept it simple, just writing: "STAY AWAY FROM B."
"YOU THOUGHT BLOCKING ME WAS GONE WORK!!? 😂 I MADE ANOTHER PROFILE ON THAT A** 🐝," an especially devoted fan wrote.
"Just so you know, everyone is mad cause you violated her personal space and you clearly made Beyoncé uncomfortable," another fan explained. "It’s just not cool, you wouldn’t like if someone did it to you. As a woman that’s been in a situation where I feel violated by a man by something “simple” he did. I’m just saying it was uncalled for. She felt the love the first time the second time made it weird."
"Beyoncé leaves her mansion THREE TIMES this week only to have a PEASANT make her uncomfortable NOW we won’t see her for at least another month or two... good job🙄," another wrote.
Of course, there were other people who argued that the interaction was nothing more than an awkward encounter that was unnecessarily blown out of proportion by fans.
The only lesson I'm taking away here? Disrespect Beyoncé in any way and her fans will come after you.