London-based radio station BANG FM has banned the lyrics in Beyonce’s new song “Drunk In Love“ from their airwaves, claiming it goes against the company ethos by “displaying promotion of domestic violence against women.”
The song, released on Beyonce’s self-titled album last month, features her husband Jay Z rapping, “Eat the cake Anna Mae.” The lyric is a direct reference from a scene in the film “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.
Jennifer Ogole, BANG Media and Entertainment, CEO, stated: “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.
“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 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.”
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