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Beyonce’s “Drunk In Love” Banned For Promoting Domestic Violence

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By April Taylor

There has been a lot of hype surrounding the release of Beyonce’s latest album, and there now seems to be controversy brewing regarding one of the tracks on the album, “Drunk In Love.”  Mad News UK has reported that a British internet radio station, BANG Radio, has censored a verse on the track by Jay Z because they feel that it promotes violence against women.

The lyrics in the song that are stirring up controversy are as follows, “I am Ike Turner…Baby know I don’t play.  Now eat the cake, Anna Mae.  Said Eat the Cake, Anne Mae.”  Anna Mae is Tina Turner’s real name, and the lyrics refer to an incident when Ike forced Tina to publicly eat cake by forcing it into her mouth after she had expressed that she did not want any..  What makes these lyrics even more controversial is not just that incident but the horrific sexual assault and abuse that Tina Turner suffered at the hands of her ex-husband.

One would think that more stations than just the one mentioned in the Mad News UK article would choose to edit the lyrics due to the fact that in the video for the song, Beyonce is seen dancing around Jay-Z in a way that appears to resemble worship while he raps the degrading lyrics.  Many people have taken to social media to voice their disgust.
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In a statement released by the stations CEO Jennifer Ogole, she states that the lyrics promote violence against women by imitating a scene from the movie, “What’s Love Got To Do With It,” which is a biographical movie about Tina Turner’s abusive relationship with her ex-husband Ike Turner.  The statement goes on to say that the decision to remove the lyrics from the song are driven by the radio station’s passion for social justice and the motivation to promote social equality for all people through the music it chooses to air on its station.  Hopefully more media outlets will choose to stand against the glorification of domestic violence by also banning the lyrics.