She is literally singing about riding dick. Not just any dick, but the dick that is standing right next to her. He’s not in the audience or backstage and she’s not being coy under the male gaze. She is singing about having sexual agency as a woman in an assertive fashion. Then at the end, she puts her hands on his hips and stands in a version of the wonder woman pose. If you don’t think Beyonce is the baddest womanist icon at the moment, then I’m going to ask you to reevaluate your life and get the fuck out of mine.
”Last night at the Grammys, Bey and her husband Jay-Z performed their duet “Drunk in Love” together. It should have been absolute perfection: just the sexiest power couple in the universe gyrating on stage. But then Jay-Z rapped a couple of lines that ruined everything.In the third verse, he said this: “I’m like Ike Turner, turn up, baby, no, I don’t play. Now eat the cake, Anna Mae. Said, Eat the cake Anna Mae!”
Beyonce echoes him, mouthing the words “Eat the cake, Anna Mae!”
Now, I’ve always sung that line as “Eat the cake, Anime” instead, thinking that for some reason Jay-Z really likes those adult Japanese cartoons, and also cake. But actually, it’s a reference to domestic violence.
I learned this from Twitter which exploded with comments immediately after the lines were performed.
Backstory: Ike Turner was the abusive, domineering man married to the iconic singer Tina Turner from 1962 – 1976. Anna Mae is Tina Turner’s real name. Simply put, Ike and Tina Turner were the Rihanna and Chris Brown of their era. Tina was the strong, beautiful singer who kept going back to an abusive husband. And this distressing narrative played out very publicly.
The phrase “Eat the cake, Anna Mae” comes from a famous scene in the biopic movie What’s Love Got To Do With It, based on Tina’s life.Angela Basset plays Tina and Laurence Fishbourne plays Ike – and it’s confronting.
This scene really changed the way people thought of Tina and Ike’s relationship – and, in a bigger sense, it portrayed with chilling accuracy what emotional, physical and verbal abuse can look like”
"So, in pop culture, the line “Eat the cake, Anna Mae” is really evocative. It’s become shorthand for spousal abuse.
Which brings us back to Beyonce…..
When Beyonce and Jay-Z both sang those exact words, in front of millions of people, Bey and Jay invoked the desperately sad story of Tina Turner. Why? Apparently, because it rhymes with the word “play”.
This is where my total bewilderment sets in.
Why would Bey and Jay, seen by many as the music industry’s greatest role models (she’s a self-proclaimed feminist who campaigns for gender pay equality, he’s condemned male rappers for using demeaning terms like ‘bitch’ and ‘ho’) invoke the experience of Anna Mae? Why make a flip reference to something as serious as domestic violence?
At what point did Jay-Z sit down and think it was a good idea to rap about being Ike Turner? And how could Beyonce, otherwise a feminist superhero, feature it on her self-titled album?
Ultimately, nobody is perfect. Not even Queen Bey. But it’s hard to see this as anything other than hugely disappointing.”
Yeaaahhhh what a bad bitch, right?
(Source: serfborts, via therhymescheme)