Hours after “Beyonce Sharma Jayegi” from the Ishaan Khatter and Ananya Pandey starrer Khaali Peeli was released, it had to face backlash and the phrase from the song was later changed.
The song has unleashed fury on Twitter where the social media users are not putting up with the song’s subtle racism and colourism.
The lyrics that actually triggered outrage among Twitterati was 'Tujhe dekh ke goriya Beyonce sharma jayegi'.
No idea about Beyonce, but Indians definitely felt second hand embarrassment after listening to this song.
Of course, everyone in bollywood consumes drugs. How do u come up with beyonce sharma jayegi otherwise???
— Nikhil (@niquotein) September 8, 2020
Beyonce after hearing, *Beyonce Sharma jayegi* pic.twitter.com/ALNvgon1Fu
— Duggu Seth (@DugguSeth) September 9, 2020
I don't know who needs to hear this but
Choti si zindagi hai, ise "Beyonce sharma jayegi" Sunkr barbaad mat karo.
— Parul🌼💙 (@Newbie_fille) September 16, 2020
The fact that 'goriya' and global icon Beyonce were sung in the same breath doesn’t sit well with the Indian fans.
— Nitika Singh🇮🇳 (@nitiwrites) September 18, 2020
Beyonce reacting the song Beyonce Sharma Jayegi pic.twitter.com/fTybL7AxnL
— Bollywood Memers (@BollywoodMemers) September 13, 2020
Whole india to the guy who wrote the song "Beyonce Sharma jayegi" pic.twitter.com/mmpNozMIix
— Super Saiyan Blue (@BlackAnger__) September 14, 2020
Further, the fact that both Pandey and Khatter are products of nepotism, this certainly doesn’t help their case either. The song currently has 325k dislikes and counting on YouTube.
In a bid to avoid more backlash, the song title was amended to “Beyonse Sharma Jayegi" which invited more trolling on the case that changing the spell of Beyonce doesn't solve the issue.
Changing “fair & lovely” to “glow & lovely” or changing “Beyoncé sharma jayegi” to “Beyonse sharma jayegi” is like me using “nevertheless” instead of “however” in a sentence bro the undertone hasn’t changed
— Jhanvi Sareen (@jhanvi_sareen) September 13, 2020
Creators after changing spelling of Beyonce to Beyonse in "beyonce sharma jayegi" song: pic.twitter.com/qqdMMCfR4Y
— sumit singh kundu (@sumitsinghkundu) September 16, 2020
Then the Beyonce reference was taken off from the song. The song was changed from “tujhe dekh ke goriya, Beyoncé sharma jayegi” to “tera dekh ke nakhra, yeh duniya sharma jayegi.”
As of earlier today, the song’s title has been changed and the video re-uploaded under the title “Duniya Sharma Jayegi.”