London’s BANG FM has made the decision to ban some of Jay Z’s lyrics from Beyonce’s new hit song Drunk In Love after it proved too controversial and disrespectful for the north west London station.
Producers at the organisation have decided to censor the part of the rap that refers to Ike Turner’s domestic violence against ex-wife Tina Turner.
BANG FM released a statement explaining the censor:
The lyrics derive from the film What’s Love Got To Do With It – the biopic of Tina Turner and her abusive relationship with her husband Ike Turner. The lyrics controversially imitate a scene of severe domestic violence within the film, displaying promotion of domestic violence against women; in this light BANG refuse to play the song lyrics from henceforth on our station.
We believe in the unity of women and music and in no way condone violence, domestic or otherwise, especially not through the power of music… therefore, the decision has been made to wipe the stated lyrics from the song.
We stand firm with our values and principles in our passion for social justice…Respectful of what our audience want to hear on BANG Radio, we feel this is the right action to take in regards to the controversial lyrics of the song and we will continue to serve in social equality for people through music and content on our station.
The couple have faced backlash from all angles over the reference of Tina Turner’s abuse in a song about sex but so far, BANG are the first media outlet to do something about the lyrics that have caused offence.
Ooh, Jay Z. You’ve gone and done it now!