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Domestic Violence: What's So Funny About "Eat the cake, Anna Mae", Beyoncé?

Many eyebrows were raised when on the one hand Beyoncé explained that she was just a sex-positive feminist while on the other hand making light of a domestic violence scene from the Tina Turner biopic 'What's Love Got To Do With It', by using it as a sexual metaphor in her song 'Drunk In Love'. In the track, Beyoncé's husband Jay-Z rhymes: “I am Ike Turner, Baby know I don’t play. Now eat the cake, Anna Mae. Said Eat the Cake, Anna Mae", with Beyoncé smiling and mouthing the words behind him.
At last night's Grammys, the couple reiterated by singing the line together. What do you guys think? What's so funny about "Eat the cake, Anna Mae"?

Domestic violence scene:

Grammys performance:

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Tags: Anna, Beyonce, Drunk, Eat, Feminism, Feminist, Grammys, In, Jay, Love, More…Mae, Performance, Tina, Turner, Video, Z, cake, the


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Comment by Kecia R. Sanders on February 1, 2014 at 5:20pm
Now that you mentioned it, I see and respect your point of view. I didn't think anything negative prior to this post. My mother taught me that if your look for trouble - you will find trouble. Therefore indicating they're making light of domestic violence is seen in the eyes of the beholder. I don't condone domestic violence and the lyrics eat the cake Anna Mae via Drunk In Love was not implied to make light of domestic violence. I took it as an intimate gesture between a husband and wife. Don't sweat the small stuff!
Comment by Tchiya Amet on January 28, 2014 at 12:18am

Yes, but what about the fact that they are mocking the painful reality of one of the people that made it possible for them to be where they are? This is not only disrespectful to children and families, but to our elders. How can they be respected for mocking an icon like Tina Turner is beyond me. Next thing you know, they will be mocking slavery and the way women were raped for profit…..what kind of examples are they setting for the youth of today, the men and women of tomorrow? This is just pure ignorance and greed….

Comment by Patrick Chappelle on January 27, 2014 at 8:25pm

Interesting perspective on the role playing, William. But maybe they should contain their "dirty jokes" and "role playing" to confines of their bedroom. Publicly using the misery of another to convey something sexual is deplorable. It is equally deplorable and disrespectful if they're using it to keep their "buzz" alive. There are far more ways to ensure ones longevity, without having to resort to making light of another human's pain.

Comment by William Moore on January 27, 2014 at 7:41pm

Perhaps it's an open dirty joke. A little S&M role play. Perhaps she's not ashamed to be submissive to her husband. Feminism is about a woman's power to choose what's right for her even if that choice is to be subservient to whom she chooses to be. Or maybe it's planned controversy that keeps their buzz alive. The blogosphere is watching...

Comment by Jennifer on January 27, 2014 at 5:03pm

This is one of the reason why Beyonce's so-called feminism is a load of BS. I can't believe all the sexist crap she lets Jay-Z get away with. Shame on both of them for turning a serious situation like domestic abuse into a joke. I already didn't buy their music but this just helps to enforce my decision.

Comment by Patrick Chappelle on January 27, 2014 at 4:03pm

Ugh! I hate typos and I see a few of them in my response.


Comment by Patrick Chappelle on January 27, 2014 at 3:54pm

I don't listen to their music, but there's something to be said of a man who dresses like a mogul, while his woman dresses and performs like a tramp, despite both of them being equally successful. There performance resembles a business exec who has just clocked out of work, and has hit the strip club for a couple of drinks, and a lap dance from his favorite stripper.

While at a neighbors apartment some years back (sometime during the previous decade), I saw a music video with the two of them in it, and the same dynamic was in play. I knew they were a couple, but it seemed to me she was playing the subservient role. She was on her hands and knees, gyrating and tossing her hair while on the ground. I recall hearing that she had made songs about women empowering themselves (which you have alluded to above), so it was surprising for me to see her behave like this.

Wait a minute! The Grammys???? They performed this song at the Grammys? Man, I would have killed to have been able to see a performance like this and Miley Cyrus as a teenager! Of course I would have had to watch from the privacy of my bedroom. But I digress...

Well, the whole performance is suspect (prime time soft porn, lyrically and visually). It's none of my business what kind of relationship the two of them have, but I think it's apparent. I don't believe he physically assaults her, but there is definitely some serious psychological manipulation going on between them. That might explain "Anna Mae" line in question here, and why she always plays the subservient to him on stage and in video.

Comment by Lightning Pill on January 27, 2014 at 3:46pm

I remember running into this song on TV before work (and I'm sure I'll be hearing it daily at work), and hearing this line. To soothe my disbelief, I just pretend that Jay-Z is saying she won't let Beyoncé act like a diva around him (or sexual innuendo), and Beyoncé is mocking him with the possibility of secretly telling him to eat her ass. It's not the best explanation, but that's all I can make of that. (shrugs) All I know is that it isn't unusual for R&B or hip-hop to use domestic violence as both sexual innuendo, so..

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