Some ‘Lion King’ Fans Are Not Thrilled About Beyoncé


They actually can wait for her to be queen.

One of the few bright spots of hope this year has been that Queen Bey might indeed voice the role of Nala, queen of the whole damn savannah, in Disney’s upcoming remake of The Lion King. Ever since Variety first reported the possibility back in March, it seemed like the only thing quelling fears of a shoddy reboot was the potential presence of one Mrs. Carter. Which is why when Disney confirmed earlier this week that Beyoncé would indeed be taking on the role of Nala, alongside Donald Glover, James Earl Jones, and Chiwetel Ejiofor, fans were thrilled.

Well, most fans, anyways. A large number of original Lion King fans have taken to Twitter since Thursday’s casting announcement to express their concern over both the castings and the 2019-slated film itself.

Many were understandably concerned at the idea of the live-action remake of a movie about animals of the jungle meaning Beyoncé herself would be on-screen. As a lion.

Those fans can rest easy. Disney’s 2019 remake has been touted as a “live-action” version of the 1994 animated classic, but that doesn’t mean that Beyoncé and company are donning spandex suits and lions’ manes. Director Jon Favreau will be using advanced CGI to create incredibly lifelike animation, much like he did when directing Disney’s recent reboot of The Jungle Book

Others were simply concerned about Disney tinkering with a classic (The Lion King is the highest grossing animated film of all time).

And some still just weren’t sold on the castings themselves, whether it was Queen Bey as Nala, or HBO’s John Oliver as avian royal advisor, Zazu.

Photo courtesy of Balenciaga / Photo via @McDonaldsSverige Instagram

I'm cackling

Last year, Balenciaga released bright red square-toed mules which bore a striking resemblance to McDonald's french fry cartons. Now, the chain has fired back at the designer, threatening to release its own version of the shoes.

McDonald's Sweden posted a photo to its Instagram of a person wearing actual McDonald's fry cartons as shoes, and honestly, if there weren't yellow M's printed onto them, I'd have a hard time distinguishing them from the Balenciagas from a distance. Though the post doesn't directly reference the Balenciaga shoes, one can only assume that's who they are trolling.

McDonald's version actually makes for some pretty fly slip-ons, if you ask me. Good thing the Swedish branch of Mickey D's seems to be considering releasing the shoes if the post receives enough attention. The caption of the Instagram post translates to, "If we get 103042 likes we release these for real," though it only has about 17,000 as of publish time. These would likely cost much less than the Balenciaga shoes, which cost $545.

Internet, do your thing. I want a pair.



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It marks her third duet with Nas

Here are some words that I never expected to read or hear again: There is a new song with Amy Winehouse. But here we are in 2019, and Salaam Remi has granted me a wish. On Valentine's Day, the Grammy-nominated producer and frequent Winehouse collaborator (also responsible for hits like Miguel's "Come Through & Chill") released "Find My Love" which features rapper Nas and that powerful and haunting voice that I have come to love and cherish so dearly.

Representatives for Remi said that the Winehouse vocals were from an old jam session the two had. Remi was a producer on both of Winehouse's albums, Frank and Back to Black. "Find My Love" marks the third time Winehouse and Nas have done duets under the direction of Remi. They were previously heard together on "Like Smoke," a single from her 2011 posthumous album Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures, and "Cherry Wine" from Nas' 2012 album Life Is Good. Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011, before they could complete production on her third album. My heart is still broken about it as she is by far my favorite artist.

"Find My Love" is set to appear on Remi's Do It for the Culture 2, a collection of songs curated by him. Check it out, below.