Beyoncé pays tribute to Tina Turner for paving the way, just one day after fans criticized the “Drunk In Love” singer for “teasing” the late singer’s history of domestic abuse.
While in Paris for her “Renaissance” tour on Friday, Beyoncé told the sold-out crowd to “yell like that”. [Turner] can feel your love.”
“If you’re a fan of mine, you’re a fan of Tina Turner,” the 41-year-old continued. “Because I wouldn’t be on this stage if it wasn’t for Tina Turner.”
“I feel so blessed to be alive to witness his brilliance. I also feel very lucky to be here to perform once again.”
The Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll died Wednesday after a long battle with an unknown illness. She was 83 years old.
Despite Bey’s sweet tribute to the late singer, she’s currently in hot water with many Turner fans after a lyric resurfaced on Twitter that mocked her past abusive history with her ex-husband Ike Turner.
Husband raps on Jay-Z’s verse in their hit song “Drunk In Love”, “Hit the box, like Mike from ’97, I bite / I’m Ike Turner, turn it up baby, no, I don’t play / Baby, no, I’m not playing, now eat the cake, Anna Mae / Eat the cake, Anna Mae said!
The line reportedly references a dispute Ike once had with the Grammy winner, whose real name is Anna Mae Bullock, over a piece of cake.
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One person wrote, “I keep thinking how disrespectful it is for Jay-Z and Beyonce to have that ‘Drunk in Love’ lyrics that makes fun of Tina Turner’s harassment by Ike…” tweeted.
Another posted a screenshot of the lyricsLet’s remind you that Jay-Z and Beyoncé said these words while mocking the beating of Tina Turner (Anna Mae) by Ike Turner on ‘Drunk in Love’ and refusing to shove her face into the celebratory cake to harass her. ”
“When I think about Tina’s legacy, I’m always surprised + disappointed that her being a victim of domestic violence somehow always turns into a joke, especially. third in rap music Wrote. “That’s part of the reason I don’t play Drunk in Love often, because of Jay Z’s verse + ‘eat the cake’.”
Looks like even Tina had a problem with her lyrics. When the New York Times asked him about the song in 2019, he replied, “Yeah, I’m not surprised.”
Despite opposition, Beyoncé had nothing but praise following Turner’s death.
“I love you endlessly. I am so grateful for all the ways you have inspired and paved the way. “You are strength and stamina,” Beyoncé wrote in a statement posted on her website.
“You are the epitome of power and passion. We are all so lucky to witness your forever kindness and beautiful spirit. Thank you for everything you do.”