Celebrities hardly ever wander about on the streets without an entourage of bodyguards to protect them from over-enthusiastic fans who will do anything just to touch their idol. Things that regular people take for granted are almost impossible for international stars. Imagine what would happen if Beyoncé rode a bicycle along a busy street; a stampede, right? Wrong. That is exactly what Mrs. Carter did on Monday. Beyoncé ditched her security guards and limo for her trusted bicycle. She rode to her last concert at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Beyoncé has been in the entertainment industry long enough to know that she could not possibly have pulled off this bike ride if she had hit the streets with her hair loose, merrily singing ‘Listen’. She wore a hat and sunglasses and looked every bit the regular person she isn’t. When she posted a mosaic of images from her ride, her fans could have kicked themselves for not spotting her on Brooklyn Bridge. She posted the picture on Instagram and captioned it “I biked to Barclays for my last show in Brooklyn!”
The Carters are making a habit of going out and about without making a big fuss though Jay-Z didn’t leave the bodyguards behind when he took the train to Barclays Center. Barclays Center holds a special place in the hearts of the Carters because Mr. Carter helped build it.
A video clip that was taken on the train shows the wealthy rapper chatting with an elderly lady named Ellen. In the video, Ellen asks Jay-Z if he is famous, he says: “Yes. Not very famous, you don’t know me.” A humble Jay-Z tells Ellen that he makes music and is on his way to his last performance. Ellen replies: “I’m proud of you.”
The power couple is vocal about their disgust at the outcome of the Trayvon Martin case. They are actively involved in initiatives which raise awareness about the absence of justice for Trayvon Martin. Martin is the teenager who was shot and killed by George Zimmerman. Zimmerman said that he had felt threatened by the unarmed teenager. The ‘Stand your ground’ law of the state of Florida allowed George Zimmerman to walk because he acted in self-defense. Beyoncé was present at the show where Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake paid tribute to Trayvon Martin.
Who knows? Maybe ‘celebrities-out-and-about-on-public-transport’ is the next trend and future headlines will read “Oprah Takes Bus to Times Square”. South African President Jacob Zuma is a step ahead of Oprah Winfrey on that one. He has used the Bus Rapid Transit system.