Sydney Duncan Physically Cannot Tolerate Beyoncé Slander

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This week, I sat down with an immaculately bronzer-ed Sydney Duncan (ACAB: Angry, Crazy, and Black, UCB, being tested spiritually by her tripod during this interview) for a chat about algorithms, anger, and political satire. She described how she’s using the industry hiatus between the holidays to catch up on dinners with friends, explained her process behind impersonating some of the more embarrassing light-skinned celebrities, and confirmed that she was, in fact, the first Black woman to get a degree in ballet and physics. She also, with much difficulty, put into three words her advice to anyone who is not a Beyoncé fan: “The three words I would say are: Watch her live. Even if you’re not a fan — which, like, even those words feel like vomit to me, I love her to death, I’m a superfan, I’m a regional member of the Beyhive. I’m not vicious, but I can’t handle any slander, so if I see it on Twitter, I log off. I’m trying to be mature in my Beyoncé-ness.”

You can find Sydney on Twitter at @Syd_Duncan and on Instagram at @sydneyduncanonem.

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