Controversial radio host Rush Limbaugh has the Internet in a frenzy over dicey comments and a miscontstrued take on Grammy-winning singer Beyoncé Knowles-Carter‘s new “Bow Down/I Been On” smash anthem.
Limbaugh resorted to his radio show to give an interesting and aggressive take on Bey’s new anthem this week.
The radio host took the H-town diva to task over new song “Bow Down” and what he mistakenly refers to as her Bow Down Bitch Tour: “Their (Destiny’s Child) songs were attempts to inspire young women not to take any grief from men. She’s done a 180. Beyoncé, now having been married, having been impregnated and giving birth to Blue Ivy, she’s going out on a new tour. And they may as well call it the Bow Down Bitch Tour. She’s got a new song … a total 180. Beyoncé is now saying, ‘Go ahead and put up with it.’ Because she married a rich guy. She’s even calling herself Mrs. Carter on the tour. She now understands it’s worth it to bow down.” (Houston Chronicle)
While Rush is a bit off, some writers have taken offense to Knowles-Carter’s swift switch from uniting women to tearing them apart.
No one could or should expect Rush Limbaugh to be an expert when it comes to interpreting hip hop or R&B lyrics. And his sole reference point appears to be the Telegraph article, which does criticize Beyoncé, but for an entirely different reason. While Limbaugh appears to think Beyoncé is telling women to “bow down” to their men, Telegraph writer Felicity Capon is upset that Beyoncé is transforming her “beloved single ladies, independent women and survivors, into her bitches.” (Mediaite)
Coincidentally, Limbaugh took aim at Bey’s husband Jay-Z back in 2009.
“I have been mentioned in a rap song by the rapper Jay-Z,” Limbaugh said during his broadcast. “Gotta new song out there, what’s the name of the song? Don’t know what the name of the song is, new song out mentions me and the moderate Bill O’Reilly. Is this [marking] a new development in my career to be singled out in a rap song by the famous rapper Jay-Z? I guess it is, as far as I know I’ve never been mentioned in a rap song by anybody. I guess it means I’ve made it, I’m now in a rap tune by the famous rapper Jay-Z. ‘Tell Rush Limbaugh to get off my balls, tell Bill O’Reilly to fall back.’ I would remind the rapper Jay-Z, Mr. Z, it is President Obama who wants mandated circumcision. We had that yesterday. That means if we need to save our penises from anybody, it’s Obama. I did not know I was on anybody’s balls. I’m happy to know that they think I am though.” (“The Rush Limbaugh Show”)
A few days ago, R&B singer Keyshia Cole struck down “Bow Down” and its message to women.
“Can’t stand when people all self righteous when it’s convenient it makes them look good. Lmao! But can still talk sh*t when convenient 2 FOH,” Cole tweeted.
“I done kept it real from the start! #RespectTHAT”
“First “Women need to Stick together” now b*tches better Bow. Smh. But it’s all G! Chicks stay shooting the sh*t. … http://tmi.me/OnGp7″
“How am i hating? no Mamm or sir. whatever u may be. No H8 RT @GothamsKnight_: damn @KeyshiaCole hating on everybody” (Keyshia Cole’s Twitter)
Check out Rush Limbaugh’s rant: