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Transgender artists explosively recreate Beyoncé’s Lemonade

The group takes tracks like ‘Sorry’ and ‘Freedom’ to the next level, along with that hot sauce bat and Bey’s iconic yellow dress

Beyoncé’s Lemonade is an un-apologetic, powerful depiction of black womanhood. It has been dissected for its cinematic references, as well as its political and social lyrical discourse. Bringing it next level (as if you thought it could get any better: it can) are the transgender creatives who made “Lemonade Served Bitter Sweet”, an explosive remake of Bey’s visual album.

Fronted by Miss Shalae, a Beyoncé impersonator, the Glass Wing Group has put together the production in just 16 hours. Miss Shalae holds the iconic hot sauce bat aloft as she emanates Bey in the yellow Roberto Cavalli dress for “Hold Up”, rides a truck and sticks her middle finger high for “Sorry” and defiantly stares down the camera for “Freedom”, along with a charge of backup dancers for “6 Inch”.

Transgender activist and writer Janet Mock defended Lemonade back in May as a work for “black femme feminists” everywhere, after bell hooks criticised the piece as “all about the body, and the body as commodity. This is certainly not radical or revolutionary”. 

Last week, Emmy nomination announcements put Beyoncé on top with four potential awards. And recently, while on her Formation world tour, she’s turned her artistic lens to the world’s racial tensions. Her shows have featured huge visuals of the names of those killed by police brutality in America, and dedicated her emotionally-charged “Freedom” to those who have lost their lives to racial violence, as well as speaking alongside the likes of Rihanna and Chance the Rapper on the subject.