It didn’t take long for the hive to start swarming, brandishing stingers and lemon-shaped emojis, ready to fight for their queen behind the comfort of their screens.
In droves, they searched the Internet for ‘‘her,’’ the woman Beyonce accused of stealing husband Jay Z in a song on the singer’s latest album “Lemonade,” which dropped online Saturday night.
Clues from their queen were scant, but enough to fuel speculation and gossip. Finally, Beyonce’s mysterious foe ‘‘Becky with the good hair’’ wasn’t just a lyric. She had a real life name.
Rachael Ray, that 30-minute-meal making home wrecker who loves posting photos of her sexy. . . artichoke burgers?
Oops. Wrong Rachael.
That didn’t stop the hive.
Blinded by loyalty and late-night angst, Beyonce’s fan base, apparently illiterate, mixed up some vowels in their hate-fueled Google search. Instead of finding their actual target, a woman whose name differs only slightly from the Food Network Star, they landed on poor Rachael Ray.
On Twitter, Instagram and even Facebook, the hive, ruthless and unrelenting, attacked.
Ray’s photos of sultry sandwiches and her 11-year-old dog Isaboo (in honor of National Pet Parent Day), were peppered with the most cutting of insults.
‘‘Oh I loved hot chicken fajitas but I will never make them again after what you did you did to the Queen,’’ wrote one user.
‘‘Never watchin ur show again Rachel u r a homewrecker!’’ wrote another.
One commenter, basking in the glory of his own analogy, said: ‘‘. . . you better cook up a new man b4 I roll up with beehive and sting your --- until you go into anaphylactic shock @rachaelray.’’
Rachael Ray has not responded to the case of mistaken identity.
Beyonce’s album, a combination of visuals, spoken word and song, premiered as an HBO special Saturday and has been streaming exclusively on Tidal, which has limited subscribers. The album was supposed to be released on iTunes at midnight Sunday, reported the New York Times, but that never happened.
Now the Beyhive has its next target.