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Is The Backlash Over Beyonce’s “Bow Down” Song Really Necessary?

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“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 b*****s
I took some time to live my life
But don’t think I’m just his little wife
Don’t get it twisted, get it twisted
This my s**t, bow down b*****s” – Bow Down/I Been On

When Beyonce is in the news, it’s not usually because she’s the center of a controversy.  Her latest song “Bow Down/I Been On” has been attacked by Keyshia Cole, Brandy, Wendy Williams, and Rush Limbaugh, just to name a few.  But what has everyone so stirred up and is the song really worth all the attention that it’s garnered?

After the song was released, Keyshia Cole tweeted

Conservative radio personality, Rush Limbaugh, claims this is Beyonce’s way of becoming a submissive woman. “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.”

Wendy Williams agrees in a way with Mr. Limbaugh.  She believes it’s a step-back from Beyonce’s usual feminist movement and that it dissed women.  One of the guest on her show even went on to say that the song was Jay-Z putting thoughts into her head.  Beyonce wasn’t completely left standing alone with her song though.  Rapper, T.I., and his wife, Tiny, spoke out in support of the new song saying that it was more honest than her other work and definitely more edgy.

My problem with the song isn’t the lyrical content or the controversy surrounding it.  It’s that the song is bad to the point where it’s not even worth talking about.  Everything I love about Beyonce, musically, isn’t in this song at all.  There’s no depth to her lyrics and it’s vocally rather lackluster.  The song may imply that she thinks she’s all that and deserves respect, but let’s be honest for a minute.  Beyonce is the epitome of a superstar.  She’s talented, highly successful, happily married, and has a lovely child.  If Beyonce wants to sing about others bowing down to her, that’s fine.  I’m just not personally going to listen to it.  Why?  Because it’s simply not a good song.

Mackenzie is an Alabama native attending NYU and studying Journalism and Dramatic Literature. She hopes to one day live in London and write for the BBC.