Let Beyonce’ Be Drunk, Eat Cake & Live

images-3-1I lack the energy–at the present time– to do a full “In Defense of Beyonce’” post, though as the writing around this album gets more ridiculous by the day, I’m sure I’ll be inspired to string something together out of sheer frustration soon.
 
In the meantime, I need to say this:

Ya’ll do realize that the Ike Turner/ ANNA Mae reference that Jay Z spits on “Drunk in Love” isn’t condoning domestic abuse, right?… Um, right?

He’s drunk talking ish to his wife who has been talking ish to him:

Hold up, stumble all in the house tryna backup all that mouth/ That you had all in the car, talking ’bout you the baddest bitch thus far/ Talking ’bout you be repping that 3rd, wanna see all that shit I heard

And by the middle of the verse, he too is talking ish about what he’s going to do to her sexually, and most important WITH HER CONSENT:

Know I sling Clint Eastwood, hope you can handle this curve…/ Catch a charge I might, beat the box up like Mike/ In ’97 I bite, I’m Ike, Turner, turn up/ Baby no I don’t play, now eat the cake, Anna Mae/ Said, “Eat the cake, Anna Mae!”

 

I mean, she’s drunk-giggling in the background as he talks DRUNK ISH on a song called “Drunk in Love” in a video where they are appear to be pissy drunk. And if his wife is fine with him essentially talking about beating the p**** up, then who are we to object here?

Is an Ike Turner allusion the best choice? God, no. But in context, there’s nothing to see here, folks. Drunk people saying drunk words to each other— he even says “I’m nice”, ie white boy wasted—  right before they “surfboard” doesn’t need a dissertation.

 

Also, I know drunk Beyonce is a little jarring for some folks (this means you).

Some gems from a HuffPo piece, “How Did Beyonce’ Go From Tina Turner to “Anna Mae?” (Note the corrected title. It was originally “Annie Mae”):

 I must admit that this latest release, “Drunk in Love,” is incredibly disturbing.

To go from independent woman — in control of her destiny, demanding respect and embodying girl power — to describing herself as a drunk, profane woman willing to let her man kick a misogynistic, abusive verse is so disheartening.

And this:

My God, it’s as if she turned back the clock 50 years in one moment.

Really? Beyonce has set all of womankind back now? Because “Cater to You” didn’t? But this here does?

And this:

What was she thinking? To go from the uplifting love song, “Love on Top” to this?

“I been drinking… I get so filthy…Eat the cake Anna Mae…”

And finally this:

We are witnessing a sad development in the body of work of this icon. She sold millions as a class act. Why go down this road? Let’s hope that at some point the self-respecting, empowered and empowering Beyonce will rise again.

Until then, who will raise a standard for black girls and women to look up to in the entertainment industry. Badly done, Mrs. Carter. Badly done!

 

#Womp.

Look, nothing gets hits like writing anything whatsoever about Beyonce’, but some folk are reeeeeeachingin the critiques of this song.

This “sad development” is breaking sales records. And for like the first time ever, I’m actually feeling a Beyonce’ album. (Looks out window to spot flying pigs.)

Ya’ll gotta let Bey be here. At 32 if she wants to get drunk and then be “filthy” with her husband, that’s her adult and wifely right to do and her prerogative to sing about because she’s a “Grown Woman.”

I wish everyone reading all the same in your relationships and marriages and they will be better for it.

If you’ve never been silly and inappropriate with your man– sober or not– and you two don’t have wild stories that you can never share with others, I’m questioning your love.

You don’t have to tell me or anyone else about it. But you should be doing it.

 

That is all… for now.

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  1. Sharon says:

    I for one, could care less. There are more important things going on in the world besides what trash she is singing about.

  2. valerie says:

    I must say that I sort of agree with all of the above reading. Like – Bey went from being empowering to being drunk a let down for some I am sure, in addition to disclosing her relationship sex life with her husband – is all good. I think maybe she is just expressing who she is as a grown woman and sometimes we make not so good decisions. Actually – I sort of like the song. I must say though – I am not as big of a fan of hers as I was before. One of her videos sort of frightened me. Yeah – really did! They all were dancing around and seemed as though they were about to turn to vampires or monsters. Just really freaked me out. So, I say do you Bey whatever makes you happy. I could care less….I’m just saying…

  3. skillz says:

    I pretty much think they were just reliving a moment that actually happened in there past and decided to reenact and get paid from it. Myself being a singer once drunk in love, dating a rapper late night free styling (back in the day lol!) We would come up with all kinds of hooks. Sipping on alcohol and smoking on that good, he would “say bay sing this” then he would spit a line and Viola magic happens. If we had the money off to the studio we would go! I’m almost certain this is how drunk in love was born lol!

  4. jaimanuel249 says:

    I was sitting at home watching/listening/but really watching this album the second it came out. I thought to myself as the quintessential ‘Yonce fan, that she’s finally taken to her adulthood. She’s grittier and sexier than she’s ever been.

    Sometimes I think that critics want an artist to stay where we found them, as if Beyonce was going to stay “No, No, No” and “Bills, Bills, Bills” forever. She’s taken her whole career to grow up, slowly and steadily, unlike Cyrus, Bynes, and the Lohan chick. I think she deserves to do an album of what inspires her, and clearly that’s her man and SEX, with some Blue on top. As you put it, she’s a grown woman making grown woman decisions that she’s earned millions of album sales over. The lucky part is that we, the Bey-hive, get to witness it unfold.

    #iLive #YonceFan #WhoMad #YouMad?

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