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Beyoncé and Jay-Z slammed by fans over 'vile and horrific' Tina Turner reference

Anish Vij

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Beyoncé and Jay-Z slammed by fans over 'vile and horrific' Tina Turner reference

Featured Image Credit: Instagram/@beyonce / Trinity Mirror / Mirrorpix / Alamy Stock Photo

Beyoncé and Jay-Z have been criticised by fans over a previous Tina Turner reference in one of their songs.

This comes after Turner died at her home in Switzerland at the age of 83 yesterday (Wednesday, 24 May).

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Her publicist, Bernard Doherty, said Turner died 'peacefully' after a long illness in her home in Kusnacht near Zurich, Switzerland.

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“With her, the world loses a music legend and a role model,” a statement from Mr Doherty read.

“With her music and her inexhaustible vitality, Tina Turner thrilled millions of fans and inspired many artists of subsequent generations.”

A statement posted on Turner’s official Instagram also read: “It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Tina Turner. With her music and her boundless passion for life, she enchanted millions of fans around the world and inspired the stars of tomorrow.

urner died at her home in Switzerland at the age of 83 on Wednesday (24 May) after a long illness. Credit: Trinity Mirror / Mirrorpix / Alamy Stock Photo
urner died at her home in Switzerland at the age of 83 on Wednesday (24 May) after a long illness. Credit: Trinity Mirror / Mirrorpix / Alamy Stock Photo
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“Today we say goodbye to a dear friend who leaves us all her greatest work: her music. All our heartfelt compassion goes out to her family. Tina, we will miss you dearly.”

Tributes by fans and fellow musicians have been flooding in for the icon, including Beyoncé who took to Instagram to hail Turner as her 'beloved Queen'.

"I'm so grateful for your inspiration, and all the ways you have paved the way," the 'Single Ladies' singer wrote.

"You are strength and resilience. You are the epitome of power and passion. We are all so fortunate to have witnessed your kindness and beautiful spirit that will forever remain.

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"Thankyou for all you have done."

However, some fans have decided to slam Queen Bey and her husband, Jay-Z, for lyrics referencing Turner in their 2013 hit 'Drunk In Love'.

Jay raps: "I'm Ike, Turner, turn up / Baby no I don't play / Now eat the cake, Anna Mae / I said eat the cake, Anna Mae."

The lyric references the moment when which Turner was in a diner with her abusive husband Ike Turner, and when fans asked for her autograph and not his, he allegedly forced cake in her mouth saying: "Eat the cake, Anna Mae!"

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Beyoncé's heartfelt tribute to Turner on her Instagram. Credit: Instagram/@beyonce
Beyoncé's heartfelt tribute to Turner on her Instagram. Credit: Instagram/@beyonce

The scene was replicated in the 1993 biopic, What's Love Got to Do With It.

Some fans were not pleased after learning of the reference, as one person tweeted: "I still can't get over Jay Z saying 'eat the cake Anna Mae, eat the cake' on 'Drunk In Love'.

"When I found out that it was reference to Ike forcing Tina to eat literal cake..a damn shame..."

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A second penned: "Still mad at beyonce and jay z for that tina turner abuse reference... I love Bey but she rubs me the wrong way sometimes. How is Tina Turner one of your biggest inspirations but you were ok with Jay Z using that line in Drunk in Love..."

While a third added: "'Reflecting on Tina's legacy, I've always been surprised + disappointed how her being a domestic violence survivor somehow always turned into a joke, esp. in rap music...

"That's one reason I don't play Drunk in Love often, because of Jay Z's verse + his reference to 'eat the cake'... I will never forget when Jay Z made fun of Tina's abuse in Drunk in Love..."

Tyla has contacted Beyoncé and Jay-Z's reps for comment.

Topics: Celebrity, Music, Beyonce

Anish Vij
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