When Alicia Keys showed up to the MTV Video Music Awards Sunday night, she continued her #NoMakeup movement. The public praised Keys’ fresh-faced look when she announced the change in May. But in the upon seeing her at the VMAs, some couldn’t handle her natural beauty.
Instead of viewers focusing on the message Keys shared honoring the 53rd anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, they dragged her.
Dashawn D. thought the “In Common” singer needed to leave the stage because of the lack of makeup.
Seul suggested Keys remedy the look with some concealer.
I'm all for natural beauty but Alicia girl you not setting no trend with this no makeup shit. Put on concealer & call it a day
— D.Jenner (@Knox_Jiinx) August 29, 2016
Samara called for the #nomakeup movement to end since “we get the point now.”
Alicia Keys still on her #nomakeup campaign? She could have done a light beat, I think we get the point now. #VMAs
— SAMARA (@Styled_chic) August 29, 2016
Mahalia C. believed Keys did wear makeup and said the movement was “annoying and imaginary.”
Alicia Keys and the "no makeup movement" is annoying and imaginary .
— Mahalia C. (@MACnMahalia) August 29, 2016
The songwriter was compelled to address the criticism on Twitter. Evoking messages used in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, Keys said not wearing makeup didn’t mean she was against it.
Y'all, me choosing to be makeup free doesn't mean I'm anti-makeup. Do you! 😘😘 pic.twitter.com/Mg0Ug9YA9q
— Alicia Keys (@aliciakeys) August 29, 2016