Footage capturing a concert-goer seemingly getting punched at a Beyoncé gig in Houston, Texas, has taken the internet by storm, amassing over 1.8 million views online.
The video, initially shared by a user on the social network X (formerly Twitter), appears to have been recorded during Beyoncé's concert on September 25.
The clip revolves around the "mute challenge" where the audience remains silent during a specific part of the song. However, one enthusiastic fan decided to defy the silence protocol.
not somebody finally got whacked for not going mute😭- pic.twitter.com/5pKhVI4Y4v— 𝗱𝗮𝗻𝗻𝘆💚 (@beyoncegarden) September 25, 2023
As Beyoncé sang the lyrics, "Big wave in the room, the crowd gon' move / Look around, everybody on mute," the audience was expected to go silent. But a boisterous concert-goer in the row behind the video's poster disrupted the moment.
In the video, the crowd goes silent, then a sudden hoot breaks the quiet. The camera captures the reaction of a woman swinging her arm back, apparently striking the disruptive fan, who is then seen holding his nose in pain. The individual in the middle of the incident looks stunned but soon breaks into laughter.
Reactions to the video were divided, with some applauding the woman for her actions, while others criticized her for resorting to violence.
The "mute challenge" has been a recurring feature during Beyoncé's Renaissance Tour, adding to her staggering fortune, which Forbes estimates at $540 million.
Beyoncé's dedicated fanbase, known as the "BeyHive," is known for its unwavering support, and their passionate behaviour has even inspired a psychological thriller series titled "Swarm."