Blue Ivy Carter bid $10K-plus on several pieces of art at a charity auction

#wearableartgala #wacotowakanda @wacotheater

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Beyonce and Jay-Z brought Blue Ivy Carter to an event in LA over the weekend. The event: the second annual Wearable Art Gala, which was hosted by Beyonce’s mother Tina Knowles (now Tina Lawson) and her husband Richard Lawson. The Wearable Art Gala benefits the WACO Theater Center, and people (women, mostly) are encouraged to wear “wearable art” designs. It looks like both Beyonce and Blue Ivy got all dressed up in some impressive sculptural pieces.

There’s always a lot of chatter about whether Beyonce and Jay-Z should bring Blue Ivy to these more “adult” functions. Blue is 6 years old and she seems like a very self-contained child, meaning that she knows how to behave at these events, and she’s not running around, creating kid-drama while someone is trying to give their Grammy speech. For this event, I think it was more likely that Blue Ivy came out because it is her grandmother’s event, and because Bey and Jay thought she would have a lot of fun. True to form, Blue Ivy sat quietly between her parents for the charity auction. They even let her hold the paddle. So Blue Ivy, at 6 years old, ended up bidding on some artwork.

Beyoncé and Jay-Z have taught their daughter, Blue Ivy, the importance of investing in art. On Saturday night, the 6-year-old made several bids on art while sitting between her mega-star parents at the Wearable Art Gala in Los Angeles. The second annual event, put on by Tina Knowles and husband Richard Lawson, benefits the WACO Theater Center.

During the swanky event, little Blue Ivy, who was wearing a matching gold dress like her mother, bid $17,000 on an acyclic painting of Sidney Poitier, reports Vanity Fair. Excited to make another bid, she lifted her paddle again raising the bar to $19,000. Jay-Z, 48, in a hilarious way, then tried snatching the paddle from the overzealous kid. Tyler Perry ultimately won the piece for $20,000.

“Her mother and father have been talking about how you gather art and that is a big deal for African Americans,” auction host Star Jones explained to the audience. “Listen, you know Ms. Tina told me all of this. Why you think I’m up here talking about it?”

Although Blue Ivy lost that piece of artwork, she did land the next available piece created from deconstructed law and medical books created by Samuel Levi Jones. She placed the winning bid for $10,000. Beyoncé, 36, also won a $17,000 set of Lorraine Schwartz panther earrings.

[From Page Six]

There’s video too (below). I find it cute? Her parents knew what she was doing and she was having a fun time. I mean, granted, the headlines are absurd: “Six-Year-Old Blue Ivy Carter Bids $19,000 At Art Auction.” But in context, I don’t know… I think it’s fine?

Beyoncé & Blue tonight. #wearableartgala #wacotowakanda @wacotheater

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  1. kate says:

    As long as it’s not my money. Blue looks really cute and happy.

  2. Jensies says:

    She’s going to get no end of heat for this but I think it’s adorable and continue to love seeing their relationship with that child.

    • SlightlyAnonny says:

      This. The way people come at this child…I hope she never reads it, ever. It was adorable, her parents never let her “bidding” get out of control, and they are in a position to pay for it if it had.

      • kate says:

        Fact. At the beginning if the 2016 presidential campaign, comment sections on Celebitchy were more favorable to Ivanka Trump, who was just a daughter trying to reason with her insane dad, than Blue Ivy.
        Reminder that misogynoir is real, that it starts at birth and that white women are often more prone to it than white men.

      • aenflex says:

        Agree. Not a fan of them, personally, though I see nothing wrong with this. They are buying art, can afford her expenditure, and it looks they had a great time.

      • SlightlyAnonny says:

        @kate. I read your comment and literaly took a sip of my coffee. You told no lies. Misogynoir is definitely real and little black girls are never too young to be the victims of it.

        You can just look at comment 3 to see it in action.

    • otaku fairy says:

      Yes. This was pretty cool to me, but of course it’s going to lead to over-the-top outrage, aggressive attacks on a child, and mom-shaming. Expect an influx of certain kinds of unusual usernames. That sound you hear is a stampede of bitter, pasty housewives, a few crochety liberals, and some equally bitter conservative daddies and husbands too. The bots are coming! People won’t even try to remember that children are supposed to be off limits.

      Oh look, this 6-year-old is already being vilified as a monster and people are worried that she’s a little girl who will ‘grow up too fast’.

  3. WMGDtoo says:

    It’s all too much. Just too much.

    • Sassyfrass says:

      Indeed it is. Are you kidding me, a 5 year old bidding and going to adult events?

      • otaku fairy says:

        It’s an art gala, not a bachelorette party.

      • BlueBayou says:

        It’s an art gala hosted by her grandmother, most of her family is there. Her mother was also receiving a humanitarian award… where is the issue? Was it this much outrage with Pink’s daughter being at the Grammys? Heaven forbid a black family to expose their child to an auction. Now she’s going to be a raging @sshole because of it. Some of you are full of yourselves.

      • otaku fairy says:

        “Was it this much outrage with Pink’s daughter being at the Grammys? ” Oh of course not. Pink can do no wrong.
        All this catty broke biddy fauxrage and concern-trolling over an art auction for charity. Are people really that horrified that rich people placing bids on art is something that happens at an event like this?

    • SKF says:

      Agreed. This kid is likely being to be a monster of privilege and wealth as she gets older. What life skills are they teaching her apart from how to be enormously wealthy and privileged? The gold rocking horse, the Swarovski covered high chair, the designer outfits and now bidding thousands on art at age 6… this is not good for a child. There are endless examples of why this is not good for a child. If this were any other celebrity child people would be horrified. I don’t understand why they get a pass? I find this obscene. The best thing wealthy parents can teach their children is how to stand on their own two feet, how to work, how to build their own life and fortunes and to do so with minimal help, not to expect handouts and freebies and anything you desire handed to you.

      • Krill says:

        Excuse me. In that clip alone, they are teaching her to value art, put money in things that will appreciate and most of all to promote black artists.

        Unlike most wealthy white kids, she is actually aware of how the money is made and the sweat it takes, because she has spent her life watching her parents reherse and tour. Her parents are very conscious about speaking on social injustice much to the chagrin of Fox News and company and have set the right example by using their plaforms to mobilise people to engage in the political process. Mummy shamers are to be polite, awful but even moreso when they soapbox on parents they know little about.

      • wixy says:

        Oh, have you seen all these items? You’ve been into Blue’s room?

      • Wren says:

        Let’s be real; what life skills exactly does this child need? She lives in a completely different world than we do. Her family is not just “wealthy”. They are insanely rich and famous to the point of being royalty. She IS learning life skills, just not skills for our kind of life. Rich people go to auctions and collect valuable things. It’s often a hobby, like Liz Taylor and her jewelry. These are the kind of things they do for fun. It’s ludicrous to us, of course, but not to them.

      • SKF says:


        They can teach her an appreciation of art, of black artists and of social responsibility without showering her in material goods and insane shows of her power when she is SIX.

        People who are given everything too easily struggle later in life.

        As for their work ethic – sure she has seen them work hard and hopefully they’ve impressed on her the importance and value of hard work, but if she is given everything without having to work for it then how will she truly value it? None of us know how they parent her behind closed doors and I would hope they are instilling values in her but the obscene displays of wealth on and for a child and “spoiling” her are hardly to her long-term benefit.

        One would hope that someone in her position would grow up to be an inspiration, to work hard and to give back. I’ve seen a lot of rich kids grow up and the ones who were spoiled and given everything had a LOT of issues. The ones whose parents made them work for pocket money, save up for things they wanted, buy their own cars/clothes/etc., go get jobs, etc. were the happy, balanced, hardworking ones. Obviously Blue is too young for some of this but what we’ve seen so far publicly doesn’t bode well.

        I’m not a mummy wars person. I don’t routinely shame mothers. I truly dislike when poeople openly spoil children as I’ve seen a lot of damaged adults who were spoiled – and nowhere near this level. Perhaps this is only the occasional surface thing but it sure doesn’t seem like it. I fail to understand why this kind of thing is smiled on when this family does it but frowned on when anyone else does.

      • otaku fairy says:

        It’s their money, not yours, and they have the right to spend it however they want- even if that means on an expensive piece of art. Pull yourself up by your bootstraps and go make some of your own. Cultivate a talent and/or get gorgeous and hope you get discovered. Something. Anything’s got to be better and more productive than griping about how this generous, successful, hard-working family chooses to spend their own cash. Parents can let their child have nice things AND teach them to develop skills and a work ethic. This just happens to be a family where the parents can afford to be more generous.
        I’m not understanding all the pearl-clutching about them taking her to the gala either. That’s not something dangerous or unwholesome for a child, she’s supervised by family, she seemed to be very well behaved there for a 6-year-old (which shows that the panic about Jay-Z and Beyoncé’s parenting may be at least a little uncalled for. Clearly that little girl has some kind of training and self-control), and it’s about art.

      • SKF says:

        @WIXY don’t be ridiculous. This stuff was widely reported on ages ago. For example here:

        Sure it could be a myth but considering the swag this child has been seen with in public it seems likely to be correct.

        I thought it was horrible parenting when Tom Cruise spoiled Suri (Tom is infamously a hard worker too by the way) and I think the same thing with Blue.

      • Frome says:


        And what exactly do you imagine they showered her with AT AN ART AUCTION? Or are you imagining that she is now allowed to play with the painting like a paint by numbers book?

      • FuefinaWG says:

        I agree SKF. I have a feeling Blue Ivy will grow up to be a raging a$$hole.

      • Leppdaved says:

        I think the worse thing is having someone walking behind your mom carrying her dress train. That’s all privilege.

    • Ali says:

      A gold wig! This is Kardashian-level of tackiness.

      • Lady D says:

        …if it was something you saw everyday. It was a “Wearable Art” event and that little girl looked thrilled to her toes to be there.

    • Pandy says:

      Totally. They will give that kid addiction issues – a gambling addiction can be uncovered if a novice gambler has a big win on their first outing for example. Someone with no other addictions is affected by the big rush they get from a big win. Can’t help but think the little girl is feeling it. When you read the description that Jay Z had to wrestle the paddle from her because she kept bidding. The power rush.

      • eto says:

        LOL don’t let kids do anything ever because they’ll end up being an addict. Thanks for the life lesson, Pandy.

      • Imara219 says:

        Wow just wow. Wrestle the paddle away? Drunk on power? I guess a civil black family can’t teach their perfectly behaved child to AUCTION act. Heaven’s to Betsy.

  4. slowsnow says:

    I don’t know if I would take my kid to one of these things but I see no harm in it. It’s not a red carpet and people only know about this because other people posted it, which is a bit on ghe huh? side for me but whatever.

    They are buying art for charity and dressing up. I am sure Blue Ivy has a lot of kid time too.

    I have more issues with the fact that mostly women dress up and not men – boring!

  5. Caly says:

    I don’t understand why they take her to these grown ups events. Whether it’s this, the Grammies or Vmas. I really don’t get it!

    The video was pretty funny to me.

    • kate says:

      Given that she is going to this kind of events for the first time contrary to her parents, it might be quite fun to her. Altough, submitting a child to the likes of Future and Jason De-hell-lo, sorry Derulo, is not very kind.

    • Wren says:

      Why not? If she’s well behaved and (presumably) wants to go, why shouldn’t she? If she acted like a disruptive little hellion I would definitely question her parents’ judgement, but if she sits quietly and doesn’t make a fuss, why does it matter that she’s a kid?

    • No Doubtful says:

      Because the end game is for her to be a star like her parents.

  6. minx says:

    We get it, Bey and Jay, you’re rich.

    • supersoft says:


    • Nik says:

      You really are bothered by successful black people. How sad.

      • Tan says:

        Never mind.


      • Patty says:

        Eh. I’m pretty sure that’s not what Minx meant. Some people just don’t like ostentatious displays of wealth. I mean have you been in a Kardashian thread. Most people, even wealthy people, find overt displays of how much money one has to be vulgar. It’s not always about race – especially since I’ve seen people make note when talking about: Kardashian’s, Hilton’s, Aniston, and any number of other celebrities on this board. Some people were up in arms when Brangelina (RIP) bought their chateau.

        Also one can believe that Jay and Bey worked hard for their success and money and also believe that they are tacky.

      • hogtowngooner says:

        People can find these two overrated and tacky without it being racist. Yeesh.

    • Suki says:

      People criticise the Kardashians and Hiltons for the same reason – open displays of wealth are always vulgar, people have criticised ‘new money’ forever.

  7. Giddy says:

    Blue looks adorable and so happy in that fabulous outfit. I saw something over the weekend that made it seem as if she was bidding on whatever she wanted. But it is obvious that her parents were letting her make their bids for them. Her outfit reminds me of a child’s version of Elizabeth Taylor’s regal golden cape and headdress when she was entering Rome in Cleopatra.

  8. DiligentDiva says:

    I can’t wait for her to grow up. I get the feeling will be hearing from her a lot

  9. Mj says:

    For me, it’s too much. I’m sure it will get praise and a pass because it’s Beyonce, but if this was almost anyone else, it wouldn’t be considered cute. I blame the parents not the child.

    • otaku fairy says:

      What’s there to ‘blame’ the parents for though? A child at her grandmother’s art gala with her family in attendance? Oh the horror. No, I wouldn’t have a problem with any other family doing this.

  10. Jussie says:

    My issue with the Carters taking Blue to events like these, putting her in their videos etc. is that they’re making her a child star. If she grows up and wants something other than fame, bad luck basically. She’s been put out there so much she’s instantly and forever recognisable.

    I have the same issue with the Beckhams and Jolie-Pitts and Smiths and Tom Cruise (before he decided to ghost Suri instead of pap walking with her daily). Like, just wait til your children are old enough to have some input before you make them public figures.

    • Krill says:

      Oh comeon. Attending an auction supporting black artists or the odd awards ceremony honoring her parents isnt going to keep her from being a doctor or an accountant. Plus she is only seen when her parents take her to these events. They have been great at shielding her from side walk paparazzis, something the Afflecks and the Kardashians seem to actively court for their babies with very little backlash.

      • Jussie says:

        She’s a mini celebrity. Major media outlets cover her red carpet appearances and backstage moments separately from her parents. She has fan accounts on social media with millions of followers. She’s been a famous meme about a dozen times. Other celebrities talk about her like she’s a celebrity. This has been going on for years, and the Carters have leaned into it instead of recognising it’s getting weird and protecting her privacy.

        She can be a doctor or an accountant, but she’ll be a doctor or an accountant who everyone instantly recognises as Beyonce and Jay Z’s kid. Unless they suddenly drop off the radar, she’s going to need security just to deal with their fans regardless of what she does with her life.

        I don’t like what the Afflecks do, but they aren’t trying to make their children famous. They’re using their children to make themselves more famous and likeable. It’s utterly pathetic, but the result is better for the children. They get their picture taken, but they aren’t ever the focus. No one’s writing articles about them, they don’t have ‘fans’, and they aren’t famous on their own in any way. Seperate from their parents no one’s interested. Seperate from her parents a ton of people are still interested in Blue.

    • Wren says:

      She wouldn’t get anonymity anyway. She will be famous her whole life just by virtue of her name, with or without appearing in public. It appears that her parents are guiding her through the maze of being a public figure (which again, she will be regardless of her desires) and teaching her how to behave in public. Going to important events carefully shepherded by her parents is the best way for her to learn, especially if she herself wishes to go. I don’t see anything wrong with that.

      • Jussie says:

        Plenty of superstars children do get some level of anonymity though. Not total anominity, but enough that they can easily live normal lives if they so choose.

        It’s not a given that everyone and their grandmother will be able to pick them out of a line-up.

  11. Eliza says:

    I’m glad they’re exposing her to art and the value of being a patron. Great opportunity.

    But the extreme consumerism of normalizing spending tens of thousands of dollars by having her place her parents bids is not a great lesson.

    So falls into a catch 22 category. Cant be a patron without spending.

    • Iknowwhatboyslike says:

      You said this much better than I could. I have two feelings about this. It’s funny that she got drunk with power and just bid another grand. It’s rich people cute. My only critique would be the extraordinary way they push per privilege. Not just Jay-Z and Beyoncé, but other rich people. It’s gauche. I truly hope that they are not only celebrating Blue Ivy’s privilege, but also teaching her that not everyone lives that way and to appreciate and respect her position in life. But… I don’t know.

    • Wren says:

      But what is tens of thousands of dollars to people of Bey and Jay’s wealth? We’re looking at the price tag with our own eyes and experiences with money, not theirs. How is this different than letting your kid bid on something at, say, a local church charity auction while you sit next to them supervising them? Or giving them $20 to spend on games and rides at the county fair? If the kid is well behaved, what exactly is the problem? That they’re rich? That they do rich people things? Because honestly that’s a bit silly.

    • Erinn says:

      Pretty much, yeah. I like that they’re exposing her to art, and artists – this is something that SO many kids don’t have. I like that she looks thrilled to be there – clearly she’s having fun.

      But at the same time, I find it… a little excessive. Of course it’s fun for the kid to bid on stuff – I remember bidding on charity stuff for my parents at like… bake sale type things. Pie auctions. The money would go to whatever cause, and I’d get pie. Win win. The difference is my budget was like 30 bucks CAD and not thousands of dollars US.

      If Kim and Kanye did this exact same thing with North – what would the reaction be? And I think that’s kind of my problem with it. Would everyone be crapping on them if they were the people involved? Because I suspect there’d be a much different reaction. Not from everyone, but from plenty.

      Personally, I don’t care much either way. Blue is living a life of extreme privilege, and she should have fun while she’s young. I’d feel the same way about a Kardashian kid. I just hope that she’s being taught (in an age appropriate way) that she is EXTREMELY lucky to have the kind of life she has, and that normal people can’t just throw tons of money around – even for good causes. And that donations aren’t the only way to contribute – time and hardwork are equally as important as the people who are donating the cash.

  12. Shotcaller says:

    They are teaching their daughter to use well to promote struggling artist who otherwise could not secure patronage. Where would people be, especially people of color, if they did not support one another? I love this!

    • Iknowwhatboyslike says:

      That’s a good point. But I wonder if a 6 year old would take that message if the parents do not explain it. The message could also be “we’re rich enough to drop $19,000 on art.” I hope your point is the message to be a true patron for those who need it.

  13. Shannon says:

    I see zero problems with this. I mean, facts are facts – Bey & Jay are reeeeally rich. In all likelihood, they’re going to ensure that Blue Ivy is going to be really rich when she grows up – so at they’re preparing her for a life with money and how to be a good steward with that money. Being a patron of the arts is a wonderful thing, learning appreciation of the arts is a wonderful thing. So she got to have some fun and bid on art at grandma’s event – so? Yeah, it’s not something I’d be able to let my son do, because we have different income and different lives entirely. But everybody’s life circumstances are different. Tbh, I think it’s kind of cute and people are just acting jealous. What should they do? Move into a little apartment and take her to K-mart and live basically like I do even though they’ve got tons of money just to be “real”? That’s not their reality and that’s okay. They do a lot of good with their money, but they obviously have fun with it too.

    • Wren says:

      Exactly this. All this ridiculous hand wringing over a kid of insanely wealthy parents learning how to be insanely wealthy. Just as we all learned from our parents how to live, but in whatever our own circumstances were. The Carters do not live in our world, and it’s highly likely Blue never will. It is really rather adorable to act like one day she’ll wake up with student debt or have to choose between rent and groceries.

      Honestly, letting her bid at her grandmother’s art auction is akin to us giving our kids $20 to spend at the county fair. Yes, it looks different due to the vast divide in wealth, but the concept is the same. It’s not like her parents weren’t right there next to her the whole time.

  14. psl says:

    I am willing to bet Jay and Bey do not let the “help” talk to their children, other than their nannies – who probably aren’t allowed to say “no” to the children.

    This girl is going to grow into an entitled monster of a person.

    • You just called a child a monster for no good reason. You have no idea how she’s being raised. Everyone can see that she’s very well behaved when she’s out with her parents. How is it okay to make these assumptions when they’ve done nothing wrong? Smh

  15. CrazyCatLady says:

    Uggghhhh, I am just not a fan of hauling kids into adult events whereby the kids are the new focus . I feel this way particularly at awards shows where you lose focus on the honorees, sports shows where the focus shifts from the game and the players, etc. The Carters are particularly annoying with this one (ugggh, the Grammys ) but I felt similarly when Tom Brady got all twisted at the reception of his daughter at a sports radio event (it was rude of the adult …no doubt…..but if he hadn’t brought his kid it wouldn’t have happened either so he gets some of the responsibility for bad decision making). North West on front row at Fashion Week (although anything that annoys Anna Wintour makes me laugh a bit). I could go on and on with examples.

    Hey celebs….most people really don’t want to bond with your mini me at their professional events, They likely enjoy it in homes, at little league games etc though,

  16. Tan says:

    This site baffles me.

    If its a resident favorite, anyone cannot criticize any thing about them, cannot give out any negative opinion at all. They will be called all sorts of names and told to do something productive in life. Commentators on gossip blog telling other commentators to be more productive is irony itself but that’s again another topic.

    Now those same people will go to the thread of some not populat celeb and probably give the same opinion and will be hailed for that.

    On topic, Don’t mind them taking their kid to auction and spoiling them. Don’t like kids having too many expensive things and being spoiled. But world is unfair. Rich people spoil their kids because they can.

    So meh.

    Beyonces dress is hideos and wish the kid didn’t dress up like its halloween.

    • Veronica says:

      Keep in mind that they were dressed that way as part of the award ceremony and art function. It’s “wearable art,” not intended to be typical fashion that either of them chose personally. It’s supposed to be really over the top. Beyonce’s fashion isn’t my jam, but this is one she actually isn’t responsible for, lol.

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  17. Veronica says:

    I don’t understand the problem here. These two are extremely wealthy, yes. But they didn’t inherit that wealth. Most contemporary, affluent black families do not. They had to build their wealth from the ground up against unspeakable odds in a highly racist and classist culture. Ignoring that fact overlooks the socioeconomic significance these two represent for a lot of black Americans. And beyond that…

    Both of them are outspoken about black issues in America. They worked behind the scenes with BLM and have openly stated support for it. They invest in infrastructure and educational opportunities for other black Americans. They’re raising their daughter to appreciate her wealth, utilize it to support black artists, and use her socioeconomic power for a purpose. They could do far worse by her.

    We are in a country filled with CEOs that actively exploit workers, utilize prison slave labor to cut business costs, and buy off politicians. I’ll save my frustration for THAT class of wealthy, the ones who actively impact me, then I will for two performance artists who happened to hit it big and make wise business decisions.

  18. Sherri says:

    What I don’t understand is how many of the posters on this page don’t understand that flaunting of wealth is repugnant. This is an obvious case of flaunting. There are many people in the US who are in extreme poverty. Then we have this. All inequality is wrong whether it is racial, monetary, etc. This is a huge problem in the US right now with people protesting over the wealthy and the how much money they should give to the poor. And it is not just corporations but all wealthy. So no the wealthy cannot spend it how they want they need to be responsible to society.

    • SlightlyAnonny says:

      But it’s a charity auction. The proceeds go to the Waco Theater Center that provides, in part, mentoring programs for young girls and boys and brings theater and the arts to underserved communities (you know, the ones in poverty). In this instance, they aren’t flaunting wealth, they are flaunting generosity and the notion of giving back and helping others.

      • Minime @ says:

        I don’t understand how people seem to ignore the fact that a) this is for charity b) or was an event organized by her grandmother c) the importance that this has attending that they are African-Americans. How long ago would it be unimaginable for African-Americans to Osborne or participate of such an event? How much more do black people have to fight and work to achieve this level of richness? Do I think artists in general are filthy rich beyond sense? Yes, but that goes to all of them out there. They are taking a well behaved kid to adult events that she actually seems to genuinely enjoy. Isn’t that some important quality time with her parents and grandparents? I loved to accompany my father to what would mostly seem like a boring work.. It seems to me the kid is having a lot of fun. Mostly it makes me really happy beyond words that this is something that we can see nowadays…a filthy rich African-American family spending their money in art for charity purposes.

    • Gillian says:

      nah, you just have an issue because its Beyoncé. Its been said plenty of times in this thread that this is a charity event that benefits the WACO theater which mentors underserved youth. Beyoncé’s mother is heavily involved in their mentoring programs and she displays many of their accomplishments on her Instagram page. I don’t expect everyone to know all of that but context is important when you are accusing someone of flaunting wealth and being repugnant.

    • eto says:

      Do you also post this on award show coverage? Or just when it’s Beyonce?

  19. magnoliarose says:

    I don’t understand the problem here.
    Her grandmother had an event about wearable art. She and her mother dressed up, and Blue thought it was funny to raise her paddle to bid.
    I am not big on overexposing children, but this was a charity event about art and hosted by family. Children love to dress up, mine do, and we take our oldest two to cultural events where we dress for evening, and they are exposed to the arts. There aren’t a load of other children there but we all have a great time. Since I was the youngest by several years, my parents took me to extravagant events with them that weren’t child-centered. I loved it.

    I don’t see this as spoiling. She is a part of her parent’s life, and they are wealthy. They do things wealthy people do. There is nothing spoiled about attending an auction. I believe on the whole she is indulged but no more than any other celebrity child her age in that income bracket.

    I just don’t think this event warrants much reaction or is a basis for predictions of doom.

    • Veronica says:

      The problem is that they are black. Look at any other post featuring celebrities utilizing their wealth in some manner or another in a way the vast majority of us cannot. Notice how few of them are filled with people screeching about the audacity of them exposing the rest of the world to their wealth, their child raising capabilities, etc.

      • SlightlyAnonny says:

        This. No one calls Apple Martin a monster.

      • psl says:

        Oh, please stop with the racist crap.

        If we saw any white celebs doing this with their children, they’d be getting just as much grief. This is obnoxious, regardless of skin color.

      • Veronica says:

        Nah. It’s pretty obvious what’s going on to anybody who pays attention to commenting trends on here.

      • magnoliarose says:

        I don’t understand why it is so vehement.
        This occasion especially seems innocent. She very well could have a lot of structure and discipline at home. It isn’t like she is running around misbehaving. She sits and watches and enjoys herself.
        Kids who turn out awful are spoiled AND neglected. She is not, and you can see she is happy with her parents and comfortable around them. They spend a lot of time with her, and she is confident which I love to see in little girls.
        She may have chores at home, and she may have to earn her rewards.
        I just don’t recall seeing this much push back on anyone else, and I believe commenters of color are paying close attention. So I believe them.

        I wish instead of being offended some would take the time to see if their reactions are from built-in biases that our culture reinforces constantly.

      • Veronica says:

        You’ve pretty much nailed it. Not to be deceptive though, I am most definitely not a WOC. I’m about as white as they come, and there was certainly a point in my life where I had a knee-jerk response to being accused of implicit racism when I was younger. But years of education and study and experience have radically changed my perspective on race in America, and it’s made me a lot more socially aware of how insidious these biases are and how indoctrinated we are from youth by media and general culture.

        Are Bey and Jay-Z part of a highly restrictive class of wealthy that has both money and social power? Yes. Do I think that their skin color bars them from criticism? Hardly. But do I think their blackness induces a subconscious, viscerally negative response to their actions that may not be so intense with a white celebrity? Hell yeah I do.

        Imagine a culture where people got this angry at white men like Jeff Bezos or Mark Bertolini for flaunting THEIR wealth. Imagine if we started talking about how they were raising their children in ways to disrespect the poverty classes of America. Then, maybe, we could do something about the people really making capitalism shitty for the rest of us.

      • magnoliarose says:

        I agree with everything.

        The problem with our culture being consumerist is a valid argument. I also think they are fair game for criticism. But when certain themes pop up for only them and not others, it isn’t fair. I can’t stand overindulging children, but it is also relative to their economic status and a host of other variables behind the scenes. I have a cousin whose parents showered him with things, but most of all love and he is one of the least materialistic adults I know. He was a surprise after years of disappointment, and they went crazy with buying, but he is a down to earth lovable guy. Of course, I know others who are vapid brats, but there was ONLY materialism in the mix and very little on the parenting side.
        She’s only 6. Geesh.

    • Thank you, magnoliarose, and Veronica for your comments! I can’t stand the hateful way people talk about Blue Ivy.

      • justwastingtime says:

        Totally agree and by the way, the event was honoring both her mother and her grandmother. Anyone would bring their child to a special family event like that. An organization I belong to did a fundraiser two weeks ago in which we auctioned off two tickets, wish I could have attended.

  20. Suze says:

    Veronica. I don’t agree with you. Few celebrities flaunt their wealth this way. And when they do they are critized. Can you imagine if Taylor Swift had a child and dressed her up like this, had people carrying her dress (as Beyonce did) and let the child bid with ten thousand dollars? Papers and blogs all over the country would be calling her out. I think that regardless of race people are called out now for flaunting wealth when many Americans live in poverty.

    • SlightlyAnonny says:

      Sherri, I mean Suze, you keep racing past the fact that the event was for charity, that everyone was in costume, and that the event benefitted those “many Americans living in poverty.”

      That is how philanthropy works. Rich people get a party and a good time and the poor people get the rich people’s money. I say this as someone who has worked in non-profits.

    • Veronica says:

      Really? Leonardo Dicaprio hopping on his yacht and flying to Bermuda every other week to f*ck barely legal models isn’t flaunting his wealth? Johnny Depp buying an island isn’t flaunting his wealth? Miley Cyrus spending a week at a $10,000 a night hotel isn’t flaunting her wealth? All of these sex offenders and domestic abusers hiring high profile lawyers to protect their assets and reputations isn’t a repulsive abuse of wealth privilege? Where’s all the faux-concerns about class abuse on those threads?

      But sure, Beyonce and Jay-Z, two people who actually came from middle and working class roots, taking their daughter to a charity option and utilizing their wealth to purchase art from black artists to support black communities is the most problematic. Whatever. We can have a conversation about the widening gap between rich and poor in America any time, but if you think you’re going to convince me that the motivation behind the criticism of these two and their child raising is founded on examining that complex and highly politicized issue, try again.

      • Sherri says:

        Agree – but you have must have missed previous postings. Johnn Depp is considered as pathetic and a sad excuse for a man. He has been dragged through the press recently and rightly so. Leonardo Dicaprio has also been discussed and brought down by his private flights. People are sick of him. Miley Cyrus as well is not liked for flaunting herself and her wealth. All of the above are considered as less than. However, for some reason, these two get a pass. I just don’t understand it.

      • Otaku fairy says:

        @Sherri: But Johnny Depp, Leo Dicaprio, and Miley Cyrus are viewed as less than and spark outrage over other things they’ve done, so it’s not a fair comparison. While some of the hate and criticism directed at them is for ridiculous, uncalled for, and even problematic reasons (Miley for female sexual immodesty, Leo for ‘deflowering’ consenting young women who people want to infantalize), some of the the hate or criticism the celebrities mentioned is earned and necessary (domestic violence, alcoholism, disrespect and exploitation of another culture). But none of that is the same as this OTT reaction to what Beyonce does with her money or her letting her 6-year-old daughter participate in a family art gala for charity.

  21. Suze says:

    Ok did everyone have people carrying their dress? I understand what you are saying but this is hypocritical and why many believe that the elite have the power and don’t care about the average person. If they really cared they do not have to dress up like this they can simply give money. Or even show up themselves and work side by side with the poor and needy. Serve meals, teach some classes, etc. This type of behaviour is why the average person hates the elites and why many still hate the democrats. They talk a lot but never actually get down with real people. Words are cheap and so is a few thousand for these people. However true activism means living and working side by side with poor people. The republic is falling and the divide the wealthy and the poor is one reason why. All wealthy in Hollywood, music, sports, etc need to be called out for the wealth they flaunt regardless who of the colour of their skin.

    • Naddie says:

      I don’t have an opinion about Beyonce or Jay Z or Blue Ivy specifically, but I agree when it comes to rich people. I don’t believe rich people’s good intentions, period.

  22. Shindencho says:

    They’re setting their innocent child up to have a case of “affluenza” when she’s older. It doesn’t matter how often you donate to charity or attend these events if you’re being raised in a way that tells you you’re better than the poor, which is what’s happening here. Anyone who thinks the Carters don’t flaunt their wealth in a disgusting way has forgotten this
    I don’t think it’s fair for Blue Ivy or any child to be raised in the spotlight when they’re too young to have a choice in the matter. But to me this is even more harmful than the average celeb pap walk with the kids because there’s too much fame and a complete refusal for some people to accept that Beyonce is human and is therefore able to make mistakes like the rest of us. If your neighbor treated their child like the second coming of Christ and expected everyone else to do the same, you’d avoid them like the plague.

    • psl says:

      I agree.

    • magnoliarose says:

      This article is about a charity auction.
      Do you think it is right how children in royal families are treated?

      • Suze says:

        No I think that royalty is ridiculous. That is why the US left England they didn’t want this kind of wealthy lording it over their “subjects”. However it seems that the people in the US want if now. It’s like the people years ago fought so hard against this mentality and now people seem to love it when the wealthy flaunt it. I really don’t understand.

      • Shindencho says:

        I don’t think it’s right that children in royal families are in the spotlight but there is a reason for it. They are future leaders in their countries, so people are interested and want to know about them. The interest in children of celebrities is manufactured. Manufactured by their parents who create the interest in them and fed on by a celebrity-worshipping public. But there are plenty of celebrities (most, in fact) who shield their children rather than display them.

      • magnoliarose says:

        The point is this argument ALWAYS comes up about them and never to this degree about others. I don’t believe royal children should be treated the way they are either quite frankly. Their parents didn’t even earn their luxury. What good is a leader if they have lived in a world away from normal people? Not that there are many royals in charge of anything anymore anyway.

        In a general discussion, I think we would all agree overindulging children is never the best idea. I don’t think anyone here is saying it is. I think some of us believe celebrity children might be better off outside of the limelight and living normal lives. Sure no problem with that.
        But I do have an issue when it is only brought up on every single Blue Ivy post when she isn’t doing anything unusual or more than other celebrity children.
        We don’t even see her except a couple of times a year at big events. She isn’t pap strolling on the daily all over the place. She isn’t like the Ks by a long shot.

  23. Dutch_Blue says:

    Are people really going after a six year old? I thought it was cute. I have a feeling that Beyonce and Jay-Z had every intention of biding on a piece of art since Beyonce’s mom was hosting the event. So they let Blue Ivy have a little fun and hold the paddle and do the “bidding”. But hey, it’s not my money so not my concern. But let’s be real, if Blue had “bid” 19 million dollars on the piece, Beyonce and Jay-Z have more than enough money to pay for it.

  24. Happy21 says:

    We are seeing this only because of what the media IS now – it’s everywhere, there is social media, there are avenues for us to see this immediately after it happens. Make no mistake, the ultra rich have been spoiling their kids for years and years and years, we just didn’t see it in our faces constantly. Just think of how spoiled Paris and Nikki Hilton probably were at Blue Ivy’s age. The only difference is that the media wasn’t what it is now.

  25. Elle says:

    A part of me finds it Kardashian-level gauche and the other one would honestly love to live in a world of abundant privillege where all the kids can play around with money because money are not important. I would live to be that kid. I would love my kid to be that kid.

  26. Blonde555 says:

    I think it’s cute but I just don’t understand how Beyonce has so much money but can’t get a proper wig. These stars with their connections in the beauty industry and they have the worst lace front wigs. I just don’t get it.

  27. AM says:

    Where are the twins tho? Like has there been any news about them at all? I only take a cursory peek at B’s Instagram from time to time but there’s never been any pics since the birth announcement pic. It seems strange considering how often Blue is out and about. (no shaming, just genuinely curious – my kid is about the same age as the twins and I wanna check em out!)

    • Veronica says:

      I would think they’re waiting until they’re a little older to introduce them to the spotlight. We didn’t see a whole lot of Blue until she was 2-3 years old, either.

  28. Truthie says:

    The white person behind this keyboard thinks this is cute as well as media savvy. And I want to save my pearl-clutching for the political things going horrendously wrong in the US. I only have so much bandwidth, you know? Mostly what I see-and greatly appreciate-is the time, attention and support this child is being given, by BOTH parents, to learn. Delightful. I was the 3rd child of 4 and my parents just did not have that kind of time, it’s wonderful that Blue’s parents do this. Both her parents are musical artists and this was about art, which is the family business. And this was a fundraiser art gala hosted by the child’s GRANDMA. It’s not like they threw Blue into the trading pit at the NYSE to bid on millions of dollars of stocks for them. What they did garnered more PR than just showing up to bid so I hope the charity benefited from that!

  29. Lucy2 says:

    In general I don’t like people turning their children into mini-celebrities, and I didn’t think it was appropriate for anyone, Pink included, to bring their young kids to the Grammys.
    This event though? Totally different- it was a family event organized by her grandmother, involved a fun dress up in art aspect, and benefited a great charity. Not to mention instilling an appreciation for art. I think this it’s wonderful they brought her to this, and it sounds like she had fun.

  30. LittlefishMom says:

    She’s cute but I can’t stand her parents.

  31. TyrantDestroyed says:

    Not my money, not my kid

  32. Sandy says:

    I love what they are doing, giving to the less fortunate, giving back, and teaching their daughter the same, win, win, she’s adorable.

  33. Suki says:

    My only concern is that this will come back to bite B and J on the ass. There child is very famous very young. Hopefully, if she is raised with enough love and support, she can weather this, especially as she approaches her teens and early adulthood, but it could very easily go the other way, as it does for many who are given fame too young. As for the money, of course the wealthy will spoil there children and most of us would do the same but the LEVEL of wealth is quite crazy and it’s very easy to spoil a child or encourage them to become entitled and that is almost impossible to shake in adulthood and can be a recipe for disaster.

    Did we learn nothing from Veruca Salt? 😉 Children shouldn’t just be given what they want on a plate just ‘because.’ If they don’t learn the value, the work involved and the worth, then they become elitist consumers who want everyone else to give them what they ‘deserve.’

    Also B and J have been in control of their image for a long time and they are clearly trying to drive a narrative with Blue Ivy as well, just as the Kardashians do with their children.