Rush Limbaugh Slams Beyonce for "Bow Down" Song, Says She Pulled a "180"

Radio pundit rails against the diva, blasting her for supposedly abandoning the feminist credo she previously espoused.

By Josh Grossberg
|  Friday, Mar 22, 2013  |  Updated 10:34 AM CDT
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Rush Limbaugh doesn't have much love for Beyonce--especially with the release of her controversial single, "Bow Down / I Been On."

The conservative talk-radio host called out Jay-Z's missus what he deemed a "180" in the image department, blasting her for supposedly abandoning the feminist credo she previously espoused in her solo work and her former group Destiny's Child, and for now telling women to "bow down" to their husbands.

"[Destiny's Child] songs were attempts to inspire young women not to take any grief from men. She's done a 180." said Limbaugh. "Beyonce, now having been married, having been impregnated and giving birth to Blue Ivy... she's got a new song,'Bow down, bitches'... Beyonce is now saying, 'Go ahead and put up with it!'"

He continued: "You know why? I'll tell you why. Because she married a rich guy. She's even calling herself Mrs. Carter on the tour... She has shelved Beyonce... She now understands it's worth it to bow down."

Beyonce releases new song "Bow Down / I Been On"

Limbaugh also cited an editorial in U.K.'s The Telegraph by a woman angered by Queen B's allegedly new direction away from the "Independent Women" champion who played President Barack Obama's inauguration and offered up "Singles Ladies" good advice.

Unfortunately, if Limbaugh had bothered to read the lyrics to Beyonce's new song a little more closely, he might have understood their meaning and not taken the songstress completely out of context.

As E! News pointed out, a more likely interpretation of "Bow Down"' is it's a tough message aimed at any upstart singers hoping to challenge her place on the pop-music throne.

"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, bitches," she croons.

She does refer to hubby Jay-Z, singing: "I took some time to live my life/But don't think I'm just his little wife."

But naming her tour the Mrs. Carter Show was more a playful nod to her role as H.O.V.A.'s other half than a serious command for women to be subservient to their partners.

To be fair though, Limbaugh isn't the only one to take issue with "Bow Down," as R&B star Keshia Cole also slammed the ditty.

"First 'Women need to Stick together' now bitches better Bow. Smh. But it's all G! Chicks stay shooting the s--t. But when I speak my mind it's a prob," she wrote on Twitter Monday.

 

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