On Wednesday afternoon, Texas Senator Ted Cruz left his home in Houston’s upscale River Oaks community and boarded a flight to Cancun. the would have The hastily planned trip came as the state of Texas was hit by the historic Uri winter storm, which brought record temperatures, left millions without power and clean water and killed 25 people. and more. Photos of Cruz getting on the plane and sitting in the United Airlines lounge (without a mask) surfaced on Thursday, and by the afternoon of the same day the backlash was so rapid that Cruz flew back to Texas. As an explanation, he released a statement saying he was joining his daughters on the trip in an effort to “be a good dad.” According to text messages released in New York Times On Thursday, however, his wife Heidi Cruz, who also traveled to Mexico with the family, told their Houston neighbors they were “FROZEN” in their house and offered them a getaway until Sunday.
While Cruz, a public elected official, was mired in drama of his own making, Beyonce Giselle Knowles Carter got to work fixing the issues caused by Uri. Through his nonprofit organization Beygood and in partnership with Adidas, the “Formation” artist is offering up to $1,000 to anyone suffering from the storm. The two companies are also working with disaster relief fund Bread of Life Inc. on this initiative to provide a one-time payment to anyone who has experienced “one-time, sudden, or emergency-related financial hardship due to an unforeseen or unavoidable event. .”
This isn’t the first time Bey has taken action in the wake of a natural disaster as politicians in power scratch their heads. After hopping on the remix of J Balvin and Willy Williams’ “Mi Gente” in 2017, she announced that proceeds from the song would be donated to “hurricane relief charities for Puerto Rico, Mexico and the other islands of the affected Caribbean”. And in January, the winner of 24 Grammy Awards did her part to coping with the rent crisis and housing instability caused by the Covid-19 pandemic by working with the NAACP to provide $5,000 grants to those in need of assistance.
Texas natives Solange and Kacey Musgraves, along with Bethenny Frankel, are just a handful of other celebrities donating money and services to those affected by the storm.
Beyoncé’s connection to Texas politicians hasn’t been lost on the internet, which reacted with a speed matched only by the response to…Cruz’s actions. Others, meanwhile, have drawn comparisons between the coincidence of Beyoncé’s “Icy Park” last fall and the rare snowfall in her home country.