Public doesn’t have to know everything

Christina Calloway

Christina Calloway

By Christina Calloway

Staff columnist

I find it ironic I’m writing about privacy despite this being a column that let’s you get a glimpse of the girl who is a reporter.
But privacy is important to me. I don’t mind you knowing dancing in the mirror is part of my morning routine, but that doesn’t mean you have to see it.
This week Queen Bey set the example in how to deal with rumors about your life — keep ‘em guessing.

Many of you (I’m sure) have either seen or heard about the elevator altercation between Beyonce’s rapper husband Jay-Z and sister, Solange. The video of the fight had no audio, but that didn’t stop rumors about what caused Solange to throw punches in that not-so crowded elevator.
The video was leaked by a hotel employee but the family didn’t profit off the situation, keeping quiet. Weeks after — and a few bad late-night talk show jokes later — the family addressed the fight as basically being no one’s business, never giving a reason for the melee.

Over the weekend, Beyonce released a remix to her song “Flawless” and sang a line that addressed the fight, “Of course sometimes s°°° go down when it’s a billion dollars on an elevator.”
Maybe you don’t see it as class, but Beyonce won’t care if you ever know what happened on that elevator and she let it be known.

I reflected back to my editor’s column about what news is. The fight was only news because of prominence, but as a reporter — I say — no one was charged in the ordeal, therefore it’s no one’s business. Care if you want, but the public doesn’t have a right to know.

Christina Calloway also sings loudly in the car. Write reporter at ccalloway@pntonline.com