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U.K. Radio Station Removes Offensive Lyrics With Edited Version of Beyonce’s ‘Drunk In Love’

 
U.K. Radio Station Removes Offensive Lyrics With Edited Version of Beyonce’s ‘Drunk In Love’
Posted January 23rd, 2014 @ 9:51am

 

*Beyonce’s “Drunk In Love” may be a hit in the U.S., but a U.K. radio station has decided to play an edited version of the Jay Z-assisted track.

According to the Huffington Post, Bang Radio announced this week that it will only play an edited version of “Drunk In Love,” in light of a line from Jay Z verse in the song.

The rhyme in question has Jay referencing the Tina Turner biopic “What’s Love Got to Do With It” as he raps, “Now eat the cake, Anna Mae / I said eat the cake, Anna Mae.” Starring Angela Bassett and Lawrence Fishburne, “What’s Love Got to Do With It” centers around Turner’s relationship with her husband “Ike Turner. Turner, whose real name is Anna Mae Bullock , is shown in the film being forced to eat by Ike.

As a result of Jay Z’s reference, Bang Radio CEO Jennifer Ogole released a statement explaining the motivation behind taking out Jay Z’s line from “Drunk In Love.

“The lyrics controversially imitate a scene of severe domestic violence within the film, displaying promotion of domestic violence against women,” she stated. “In this light Bang [refuses] 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,” the statement continued. “Therefore, the decision has been made to wipe the stated lyrics from the song … Respectful of what our audience [wants] 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.”

To listen to the original version of Beyoncé and Jay Z’s “Drunk in Love,” click on the below.

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