Beyoncé’s “Drunk in Love” Promotes Domestic Violence? This Radio Station Thinks So!
Watching Beyoncé and Jay Z in the “Drunk in Love” music video, we see a couple so totally in love, they’re drunk with it. They’d never hurt each other, beside the bumps and bruises that come standard when riding a surfboard, surfboard. But there’s more here than meets the eye, according to a British radio station.
London-based BANG Radio plans to air only an edited version of “Drunk in Love” because of a verse they identify as a “promotion of domestic violence against women.” Hold up. What?
According to the company’s CEO Jennifer Ogole, Jay Z’s lyric “Now eat the cake, Anna Mae / I said eat the cake, Anna Mae” is controversial because it “imitates a scene of severe domestic violence.”
E! News says the scene in question comes from movie What’s Love Got to Do With It, which chronicles Tina and Ike Turner’s rocky relationship. In the clip, Tina (as played by Angela Bassett) is forced to eat cake by her abusive husband.
Jay Z references Ike immediately before the lyric saying, “In '97 I bite, I’m like Ike Turner, turn up / Baby know I don’t play.”
Bang Radio isn’t playing either. Their CEO explains, “We believe in the unity of women and music and in no way condone violence, domestic or otherwise, especially not through the power of music.” That’s why “the decision has been made to wipe the stated lyrics from the song.”
What do you make of this news? Hate it when they censor songs or surprised by the lyric? Share your feels in the comments below.