Subtlety and Rush Limbaugh don’t necessarily go hand in hand, and he made that clear when he began to bash pop superstar Beyoncé for her new single “Bow Down/I Been On.”
The conservative talk-radio host called out the wife of Jay-Z for what he denoted as a “180” as far as her image is concerned. He claimed Queen Bey, who is now being referred to as King Bey after her latest single, is abandoning her famous credo. The singer became famous for female-empowerment hits like “Survivor” and “Independent Women,” but now it seems like she’s turning her back on her fellow females. First she left the ladies of Destiny’s Child and now she’s telling women to “Bow Down” to their husbands.
"[Destiny's Child] songs were attempts to inspire young women not to take any grief from men. She's done a 180," said Limbaugh. "Beyoncé, now having been married, having been impregnated and giving birth to Blue Ivy … she's got a new song, 'Bow, Down Bitches' … Beyoncé is now saying, 'Go ahead and put up with it!'"
He continued: "You know why? I'll tell you why. Because she married a rich guy. She's even calling herself Mrs. Carter on the tour … She has shelved Beyoncé … She now understands it's worth it to bow down."
But according to E! News, he might have taken "Bow Down"' out of context. According to the news site, its tough message is aimed at upcoming artists who might be challenging her place on the pop-music throne.
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"I know when you were little girls/You dreamt of being in my world/Don't forget it, don't forget it/Respect that. Bow Down Bitches," she sings.
She also refers to her husband singing: "I took some time to live my life/But don't think I'm just his little wife."
The Mrs. Carter Show is supposedly a reference to being H.O.V.A.'s other half than an order for women to be subservient to their partners.
But Limbaugh wasn’t the only person in the limelight to interpret "Bow Down" offensively -- R&B star Keyshia Cole also slammed the song.
"First 'Women need to Stick together' now bitches better Bow. Smh. But it's all G! Chicks stay shooting the s--t. But when I speak my mind it's a prob," she wrote on Twitter Monday.