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Rush Limbaugh blasts Beyoncé's 'Bow Down' as... not feminist enough?

Posted By Kristen Butler, UPI.com   |   March 22, 2013 at 9:55 AM   |   Comments

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March 22 (UPI) -- Conservative talk-radio host called out Beyoncé for what he called a "180" shift in her image, blasting her for supposedly abandoning the feminism she promoted in her solo work and her former group Destiny's Child, and for now telling women to "bow down" to their husbands in the new song "Bow Down/I Been On."

"[Destiny's Child] songs were attempts to inspire young women not to take any grief from men. She's done a 180. Beyoncé, now having been married, having been impregnated and giving birth to Blue Ivy…she's got a new song, 'Bow, Down Bitches'… Beyoncé is now saying, 'Go ahead and put up with it!'

You know why? I'll tell you why. Because she married a rich guy. She's even calling herself Mrs. Carter on the tour…She has shelved Beyoncé…She now understands it's worth it to bow down."

As E! News points out, a more likely interpretation of "Bow Down" is it's a tough message aimed at aspiring singers challenging her place on the pop-music throne. Limbaugh should have taken a minute to read the lyrics:

"I know when you were little girls/You dreamt of being in my world/Don't forget it, don't forget it/Respect that. Bow Down Bitches."

She does mention rapper husband Jay-Z in the song, singing, "I took some time to live my life/But don't think I'm just his little wife."

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