Etta don’t play, baby. Evidently, she also doesn’t care much for Beyonce’ either. Even though Beyonce’ Knowles (has everyone forgotten that she has a last name) played Etta James in the recent Cadillac Records and they played nice on the red carpet at the premiere in December, Etta told a Seattle concert audience (Colette, were you there?) that she “can’t stand Beyonce’”.
Now, that’s interesting, but I find the reporting a bit more interesting. Here is the USA Today’s published quote:
“You guys know your president, right?” she began. “I tell you that woman he had singing for him, singing my song — she’s going to get her a – - whupped. . . . I can’t stand Beyoncé. She has no business up there, singing up there on a big ol’ president day, gonna be singing my song that I’ve been singing forever.”
Now, here is the total quote, via MTV, that USA Today conveniently edited:
“You guys know your president, right? You know the one with the big ears?” began her rant, a recording of which was obtained by TMZ. “Wait a minute, he ain’t my president. He might be yours; he ain’t my president. But I tell you that woman he had singing for him, singing my song — she’s going to get her a– whipped.
“The great Beyoncé,” James went on. “Like I said, she ain’t mine. … I can’t stand Beyoncé. She has no business up there, singing up there on a big ol’ president day, gonna be singing my song that I’ve been singing forever.”
To hear the audio for yourself, click on TMZ within the second quote.
Of all the media outlets carrying the story, only MTV publishes the whole quote. Now, just why was the great Etta James edited so? Is it because she isn’t lock step with the legions on “The Great O”? At least MTV has some journalistic integrity. (Never thought I’d type THAT.)
I’m with Etta, however. I can’t stand Beyonce’ either. Totally overrated and overhyped. Jennifer Hudson put her to absolute shame in Dreamgirls. If not for her stage father, Beyonce’ would be singing back up somewhere.
As for who “owns” At Last, I’ll let you be the judge….
Beyonce’ in character, paying tribute to Etta James at Fashion Rocks
ETA: The Chicago Sun-Times reports that The Obamas and Beyonce’ are “stung” by Etta’s remarks. They also indicate that planners of the Inaugural Ball didn’t even know Etta was still performing and many of the younger people likely didn’t even know she’s alive. I’m sure that makes Etta feel better.
However, they add this last tidbit:
• As for James’ biting remarks, a couple of family members have been quoted as saying they may have been the result of ”over-medication” for an undisclosed ailment.
Where’s there’s smoke, there’s fire. Even if Etta was “out of her mind” (which it certainly doesn’t sound so in the audio), perhaps her true feelings were revealed? But certainly ETTA couldn’t be vocally in discord with The Great One OR Beyonce’, right? No, she’s just either senile, over-medicated, or a “bitter old woman”.
ETA ETA: The backtracking has begun.