Rush Limbaugh may be many things —conservative, provocateur, divorcee — but he has not made a name for himself as a sharp-eyed observer of today's popular music scene. And judging by his interpretation of "Bow Down," the recently released single by Beyonce, it is a label that is likely to elude him for some time to come.
Where to begin?
Let's start with the song. Earlier this week, Beyonce released a controversial new tune filled with expletives titled "Bow Down." The tune also hits out at her rivals with the verse: "I know when you were little girls/You dreamt of being in my world/ Don't forget it/ Respect that/ Bow down b----es/ Don't get it twisted this is my sh-t." She also pointedly notes that, though she is now a married mother, she is nobody's "little wife."
The song was certainly boastful. What it was not was an admission by Beyonce that she now sees the virtues of submissiveness to men. Strange, then, that Limbaugh appeared to put this spin on it.
While many criticized the lyrics as arrogant and telling people to "bow down" to the greatness that is Beyonce, Limbaugh said the song was really about her decision to marry "the rich guy" and "get "impregnated."
"She's done a total 180," Limbaugh said of the star. "Beyonce's now saying 'Go ahead and put up with it!' ... She's going to call herself Mrs. Carter on the 'Bow Down B----s' tour."
He added, "She got married, she married the rich guy, she now understands. She now understands that it's worth it to bow down. And she's passing on that advice."
Hmmm. Not really. We can't wait to hear Limbaugh get some other songs wrong. Maybe he thinks Justin Timberlake's "Suit & Tie" is really about how men should never wear suits or ties. And perhaps "Harlem Shake" is about an earthquake in New York.