Beyonce’s new single “Drunk In Love” is causing a stir at one radio station in London.
According to reports, executives at Bang Radio banned Jay Z’s verse from Bey’s popular track. In a statement, the Black Internet station claimed Jay’s “eat the cake Anna Mae I said eat the cake Anna Mae” lyrics promote domestic violence against women.
“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,” Radio CEO Jennifer Ogole wrote. “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,” she continued. “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,” the statement goes on. “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.”
This is the second track from Beyonce that has attracted controversy. “XO” recently made headlines for its use of a sound clip from the 1986 Challenger space shuttle tragedy.