Midday LOL: Bow Down is not an ode to wifely submission.

Alyssa Rosenberg points out a pretty hilarious and preciously out of context read from Limbaugh of King Bey’s latest single. Limbaugh extols praise on Bow Down as some sort of ode to wifely submission to husbands:

“Let me give you a little history on Beyonce… Beyonce used to be the lead for a 3-girl group..Destiny’s Child and their songs were advice from women not to take any grief from men…She’s done a 180… She got married, she married the rich guy, she now understands — she now understands it’s worth it to bow down.”

Dude, that is NOT what this song is about.

First of all, he’s giving us a history lesson on Bey (LOL). Second of all, he’s completely missed the subversive meaning behind King Bey choosing to call her upcoming world tour, “Mrs. Carter”, and completely ignoring Bey’s elasticity with feminine identities. I guess Limbaugh believes he’s found in Beyonce an argument to undermine feminism by taking very simple reads of her discography and personas. But as Sesali’ pointed out yesterday, Bey should be allowed some complexity. I don’t know if Beyonce would call herself a feminist. She is arguably informed by feminism, and her public persona and career decisions engage in paradoxes of feminine identity. And honestly, I don’t care if Bey self identifies as a feminist. Limbaugh and his ilk mean to imply that the King of Pop now believes that she’s subservient to men.

LOL.

It’s actually a compelling example of how Limbaugh talks out his ass on the regular, gleaned meaning from a title without doing any listening (15 -29 seconds more as a matter of fact) or perhaps, read lyrics to support his claim. I mean, if he’s lying about the meaning of this song, WHAT ELSE COULD HE BE LYING ABOUT??

Have a seat sir.

Related: Why Beyonce’s “Bow Down” is not anti-feminist

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9 Comments

  1. Posted March 21, 2013 at 4:24 pm | Permalink

    It’s not subversive for her to call the tour “The Mrs. Carter Show”. It would be subversive for her husband to call his next tour “The Mr. Knowles Show”.

    • Posted March 22, 2013 at 7:26 am | Permalink

      It *is* subversive because Black [hetero] marriages are not given the same value as white [hetero] marriages.

      • Posted March 22, 2013 at 10:23 am | Permalink

        How does doing what’s expected of her, becoming Mrs. Hisname, help matters? It does not subvert what society expects of a married woman; it reinforces it. Are you saying that a marriage is more valued if a woman changes her name?

        • Posted March 24, 2013 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

          How does doing what’s expected of her, becoming Mrs. Hisname, help matters?

          First of all if she kept her name instead of changing it, she would still be Ms. Hisname – her husband’s or her father’s. Secondly, “Mrs. Carter” is the name of her *tour*: Both she and Jay-Z had their names legally changed to Knowles-Carter so maybe take a little time to google before spouting off about something on which you know nothing. Third, help *what* matters? And why should Beyonce be beholden to some Perfect Feminist standards that other [white] performers are not?

          It does not subvert what society expects of a married woman; it reinforces it.

          So what?

          • Posted March 28, 2013 at 7:12 pm | Permalink

            if she kept her name instead of changing it, she would still be Ms. Hisname – her husband’s or her father’s.

            1. So you see Beyonce Knowles’s last name as her father’s, but Shawn Carter’s and Mathew Knowles’s last names as their own? It’s sexist of you to view men as having a last name and women as not. Beyonce has as much right to the last name she was born with as Shawn Carter has to the last name he was born with.

            Knowles-Carter

            2. I’ve seen that on Wikipedia, but it is based on a newspaper article, which was based on an anonymous source. There is no evidence that either of them hyphenated. I would applaud them if they did.

            why should Beyonce be beholden to some Perfect Feminist standards that other [white] performers are not?

            Equality is a standard everyone should live up to. I was just as annoyed by “Mrs. Guy Ritchie”.

            4. So what?

            I was responding to the article and to you. You both stated that Mrs. Carter is doing something subversive. She is not. She is doing what most women do.

          • Posted March 30, 2013 at 10:31 am | Permalink

            Beyonce has as much right to the last name she was born with as Shawn Carter has to the last name he was born with.

            Nobody is born with a name. They’re *given* at birth or chosen by someone once they get older. Beyonce has chosen to take her husband’s name and he hers.

            Equality is a standard everyone should live up to. I was just as annoyed by “Mrs. Guy Ritchie”.

            *slow clap* IOU one cookie. ;)

            I was responding to the article and to you. You both stated that Mrs. Carter is doing something subversive. She is not. She is doing what most women do.

            So are we to believe that before you make any decision you always consider its impact on all womankind?

            *slow clap*

      • Posted March 23, 2013 at 10:26 pm | Permalink

        I don’t know why this comment has been in moderation for several days, so I’ll try again:

        How does doing what’s expected of her, becoming Mrs. Hisname, help matters? It does not subvert what society expects of a married woman; it reinforces it. Are you saying that a marriage is more valued if a woman changes her name?

  2. Posted March 21, 2013 at 4:43 pm | Permalink

    How I am still shocked by anything Rush Limbaugh says is beyond me – but this is COMPLETELY [REDACTED].

    • Posted March 22, 2013 at 12:31 am | Permalink

      And that is one reason why censorship is worthless.

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