The NAACP Image awards were held Sunday night in Los Angeles, honoring some of the best and brightest in black entertainment.
Jay-Z was awarded the President’s award while wife Beyoncé was awarded with the Entertainer of the Year award. But before Beyoncé even took the stage, a little controversy erupted.
Power actor Omari Hardwick greeted the Carters and as is pretty standard in Hollywood, kissed Beyoncé on the cheek as they embraced. However, as the two were about to move on, Hardwick kissed Beyoncé again, drawing plenty of ire and criticism on social media.
A respectable handshake would have worked just fine from Omari Hardwick.
Women don’t need to be grabbed, hugged and kissed unless its your wife/girlfriend.
Beyonce should have slapped him !
— Whorfery (@Whorfery) March 31, 2019
Actor Omari Hardwick is currently receiving backlash from Beyoncé fans after it seemed like he tried to kiss her on the lips during the #NAACPImageAwards.
— Pop Alarms (@PopAlarms) March 31, 2019
I know what Omari Hardwick did to Beyonce with the kisses may seem trivial to some of you, but that's what literally happens when we greet some of your dads, brothers, boyfriends, colleagues and bosses.
There are boundaries and he encroached… it's disconcerting
— the smell of water (@ohphillia) March 31, 2019