Rush Limbaugh's Anti-Feminist Interpretation of Beyonce's 'Bow Down' Single

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht
Rush Limbaugh's interpretation of Beyonce single sexist?Rush Limbaugh's interpretation of Beyonce single sexist?

Rush Limbaugh claims Beyonce has done a 180 since the days of Destiny's Child telling girls "not to take any grief from men." He ripped apart the lyrics of her new song "Bow Down / I Been On" on air, believing the singer was telling girls to be submissive to their husbands.

“She got married, she married the rich guy, she now understands — she now understands it’s worth it to bow down,” Rush blasted her on his radio show. "She's now advising women to put up with whatever. You find the right guy — you put up with him. Bow down."

The topic came up after he allegedly read a piece in The Telegraph entitled "Why I don't want to be Beyonce's bitch," which had a similar interpretation of the song.

Famous for popularizing the term "feminazi" on his show to describe militant feminists, it is unclear if Rush is taking sides with Beyonce or The Telegraph author.

In the song Beyonce repeats the bridge, "Bow down, bitches." Married four times himself, Rush assumed "bitches" refers to women in general, or perhaps specifically married women. He obviously didn't make the connection between "bitches" and other performers Beyonce competes with like Keyshia Cole, who called her out for being "self righteous" in the song. Hollywood Life also had an interpretation of the single, which pictures a tween Beyonce on the cover, as a response to the haters or bullies Beyonce knew growing up.

Rush was critical of the fact that the mother of one-year-old Blue Ivy is calling herself "Mrs. Carter" on her new tour, using her husband's last name. What Rush didn't mention is that Jay-Z also took Beyonce's last name when they married, making him legally Shawn Knowles Carter.

Rush said "she has shelved Beyonce" by calling herself Mrs. Carter on her tour. No mention of how he felt about her trading names with her alter ego Sasha Fierce in 2009.

Beyonce's new HBO documentary film, which she directed, "Life is But a Dream," aired in February. In it she reiterates her feelings about empowering women in a male-centric world: 

Women have to work much harder to make it in this world. It really pisses me off that women don’t get the same opportunities as men do, or money for that matter. Because lets face it, money gives men the power to run the show. It gives men the power to define our values and to define what’s sexy and what’s feminine and that’s bullshit. At the end of the day, it’s not about equal rights, it’s about how we think. We have to reshape our own perception of how we view ourselves.

Rush obviously skipped the last album and missed the more feminist single "Girls" with it's refrain "Who run the world? Girls."

(NY Daily News, Think Progress)