'Says a lot about what we expect from men and women': Ed Sheeran's VERY casual appearance …

‘Says a lot about what we expect from men and women’: Ed Sheeran’s VERY casual appearance on stage next to a glamorous Beyonce during Mandela concert sparks furious row on Twitter

  • Ed Sheeran and Beyonce teamed up to perform ‘perfect’ in South Africa
  • Stars were appearing at the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 in Jo’burg
  • However, the sight of a very casual Sheeran, 27, next to a glammed-up Queen Bey sparked angry comments on Twitter about clothes and gender differences
  • One said the image is ‘v representative of what we expect from men and women’
  • But others argued that the Shape of You singer could ‘wear what he liked’

Jo Tweedy For Mailonline

A photo of Ed Sheeran and Beyonce on stage in South Africa has sparked a heated debate on Twitter – because of the very different way the singers are dressed.

Appearing at the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 in Jo’burg to honour what would have been Nelson Mandela’s one hundredth birthday, the stars cut very different figures on stage.

While Beyonce was clearly stadium-ready, donning an extravagant pink ruffled costume that trailed behind her and showed off her famous pins, flame-haired Sheeran wore his trademark casual attire, blue jeans and a t-shirt. 

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Ed Sheeran and Beyonce teamed up to perform their hit ‘perfect’ on stage in Johannesburg earlier this week…but the Shape of You singer has come under fire for his casual appearance, with many saying a female artist would be judged for appearing on stage in a jeans and t-shirt

The star wore a lavish pink ruffled dress as she took to the stage at the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 in Jo’burg, which marked what would have been Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday

On Twitter, one observer vented her anger that the Shape of You crooner wasn’t smarter. 

@shonfaye wrote: ‘Ed Sheeran is a 27 year old man the fact we’ve enabled him to feel it’s ok to dress like this at all, let alone next to Beyoncé really boils my p***’

Some 65,000 people have since liked the tweet with thousands wading into the debate. 

Many felt that the singers, who performed their duet ‘perfect’ together, offered a reflection on the different expectations put on men and women when it comes to clothes.

@sillyolddaniel added: ‘This photo is v v v v representative of what we expect from men and women at the top of their game, isn’t it?’ 

Plenty disagreed: @TheAntiStan wrote: ‘There is definitely a double standard regarding the acceptable public appearance of men and women. But this is more an example of celebrity brands. Beyonce has a brand. 

‘Ed has a brand. They dress accordingly. They created these expectations for themselves.’

On Twitter, one outraged Beyonce fan said Sheeran should have smartened up for the appearance at the South African concert, which also featured Usher, Pharrell Williams, Oprah Winfrey and Naomi Campbell 

Others said people should be judged on the ‘content of the character’ rather than what they wear on stage

@KellyW_93 reacted: ‘Is this a joke? This is what is wrong with the world. Worrying about someone not conforming to what society thinks they should look like, rather than focusing on their amazing talent. If that boils your p*** then I feel sorry for you. 

@MattPowles added: ‘I think he can wear what he bloody well likes.’ 

@AndreaMSanchez added: ‘Beyonce is a 37 year old woman and the fact we’ve enable her to feel it’s ok to dress like this at all, let alone in public, really doesn’t bother me at all, because I prefer to judge people by the content of their character, rather than by what clothing they wear.’ 

@LosBlancos13_33 piped up: ‘Ed Sheeran is a simple man he sells out stadiums and arenas whilst playing on his guitar and singing his own songs so he doesn’t need to dress like a curtain.’

Tens of thousands flocked to the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on Sunday for a music festival also featuring Usher, Pharrell Williams, Trevor Noah, Oprah Winfrey, Naomi Campbell and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa.  

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