British Radio Station Cuts Jay Z’s ‘Drunk In Love’ Verse Over Domestic Violence Undertones
We may be in love with Beyonce’s “Drunk In Love,” but Bang Radio is singing a different tune. The British radio station is making a bold statement with their decision to cut a line from Jay Z’s guest verse. The company takes particular issue with the line, “Eat the cake Anna Mae,” and its reference to a scene from What’s Love Got to Do With It? where a drug-fueled Ike Turner forces Tina Turner to eat a piece of cake….or else.
While Bang Radio will continue to play the R&B track, it will simply cut out the one line from Mr. Carter’s verse. Read the full statement from Bang Media CEO Jennifer Ogole below:
“The lyrics derive from the film What’s Love Got To Do With It – the biopic of Tina Turner and her abusive relationship with her husband Ike Turner. The lyrics controversially imitate a scene of severe domestic violence within the film, displaying promotion of domestic violence against women; in this light BANG refuse to play the song lyrics from henceforth on our station.
We believe in the unity of women and music and in no way condone violence, domestic or otherwise, especially not through the power of music…therefore, the decision has been made to wipe the stated lyrics from the song.
We believe that ALL people, regardless of age, gender, sexuality or race should have the right to an enjoyable listen to our station without the promotion of such morals.
We stand firm with our values and principles in our passion for social justice…Respectful of what our audience want to hear on BANG Radio, we feel this is the right action to take in regards to the controversial lyrics of the song and we will continue to serve in social equality for people through music and content on our station.”
Vixens, do you agree with Bang Radio’s decision?