So Beyoncé has a new single out called “Bow Down, I Been On,” which Rush Limbaugh argues is a complete “180” from the “Single Ladies” singer. Instead of an “Independent Woman,” says Rush, Beyoncé is now advocating that women “bow down” to the men in their lives.
On his show this week, the controversial radio host criticized Beyoncé for the single, as well as what he calls the “Bow Down B*tches Tour,” which is actually called “The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour” on Beyoncé’s website.
“[Destiny’s Child] songs were attempts to inspire young women not to take any grief from men. … She’s done a 180,” Limbaugh charged. “Beyoncé, now having been married, having been impregnated and given birth to Blue Ivy… Beyoncé is now saying, ‘Go ahead and put up with it!'”
Limbaugh also pointed to Beyoncé’s lyrics, as well as a story from The Telegraph, to back up his point.
“You know why? I’ll tell you why. 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 [to men]. And now she’s passing on that advice,” said Rush. “You find the right guy, you put up with it — bow down.”
Unfortunately for Limbaugh’s argument, he may have mis-respresented both Beyoncé’s lyrics as well as the Telegraph story he got his information from.
For Mediaite, Matt Wilstein argues that the lyrics to “Bow Down, I Been On” are more accurately interpreted as a message from Beyoncé to her fans. She sings:
“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 b*tches
I took some time to live my life
But don’t think I’m just his little wife
Don’t get it twisted, get it twisted
This my sh**, bow down b*tches”
Telegraph writer Felicity Capon is actually upset over these lyrics, because they turn Bey’s “beloved single ladies, independent women and survivors, into her b*tches.”
You can listen to Rush Limbaugh’s criticism of Beyoncé’s “Bow Down, I Been On,” as well as the single, below.
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