I remember hearing the words “eat the cake, Anne Mae” being rapped by Jay-Z in Beyonce’s new song entitled “Drunk In Love” and thinking to myself how is it we go around saying this in a joking way and making light of such a gruesome event. That phrase originates from the movie “What’s Love Got To Do With It”, which is a biographical movie about songstress Tina Turner’s abusive relationship with her ex-husband Ike Turner. In the movie there is a scene where Ike forces Tina abusively to eat cake that she didn’t want.
“I am Ike Turner…Baby know I don’t play. Now eat the cake, Anna Mae. Said Eat the Cake, Anne Mae.”
We laugh and joke using this term but if Tina Turner, (real name, Anna Mae Bullock) was present would we still use it so freely and jokingly? I doubt it because I’m sure it would have a negative meaning for her. There’s nothing funny about domestic violence so why make light of something so ugly? Is it that we’re comfortable with it BECAUSE there was a movie made about it? Does that make it fair game to use as we like not thinking about how the person that suffered the violence feels? What about others who suffer from domestic violence, who although are not Tina Turner but can relate; do we consider how the term may make them feel?
Well a British internet radio station, BANG Radio, has censored the verse. The stations CEO Jennifer Ogole, states that the lyrics promote violence against women. Many other people have taken to social media to voice their disgust. What do you think about it? Do you think they should censor that part of the lyrics? Should more stations follow suit?