Tina Turner’s fans turned against them for a lyric that mocked Jay-Z and Beyoncé’s abusive past with her ex-husband Ike Turner.
On the couple’s 2013 hit duet track “Drunk In Love,” Jay-Z raps, “Beat the box like Mike in ’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!
Tina’s birth name is reportedly Anna Mae Bullock, and the cake line is reportedly referring to a dispute Ike once had with a Grammy winner over a pastry.
Controversial remarks resurfaced in light of Tina’s death on Wednesday.
The Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll died at her home in Switzerland on May 24 after a long illness. She was 83 years old.
Beyoncé was one of many celebrities who paid tribute to the late “Proud Mary” singer.
The “Cuff It” singer, who once performed with Tina at the 2008 Grammy Awards, shared a statement about her “beloved queen” on her website.
“I love you endlessly. I am so grateful for all the ways you inspire and pave the way. You are strength and endurance,” Beyoncé wrote.
“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.”
Soon, Tina’s fans criticized her husband, 41 and 53, of the “Crazy In Love” singer, on social media.
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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 Additional along with a screenshot of the lyrics, “in ‘Drunk in Love’, let me remind you that Jay-Z and Beyoncé uttered these words in mocking the beating of Tina Turner (Anna Mae) by Ike Turner, and refs the moment Beyoncé shoved her face into him. .celebratory cake to harass her.
a third Wrote“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. in rap music. That’s one reason why I don’t play Drunk in Love often because of Jay Z’s verse + ‘eat the cake’.”
It’s not the first time Beyoncé and Jay-Z have been criticized for “Drunk In Love” because the musicians had to air an edited version on British radio when it first came out.
The New York Times asked Tina about the song in 2019 and she apparently said with disappointment, “Yeah, I’m not surprised.”
Representatives of Jay-Z and Beyoncé did not immediately respond to Page Six’s request for comment.