Beyonce's latest song "Bow Down/ I Been On" has fans divided over the use of that other (offensive) B-word. The track features Beyonce as Sasha Fierce—we presume—repeating the phrase, "Bow down, b---hes" and putting naysayers in their place. It is undoubtedly playful, but also the antithesis of Bey's catalogue of girl power anthems.
One person who is not impressed with the gritty lyrics is Keyshia Cole, who wondered whether there was a double standard at play. "First 'Women need to Stick together' now b---hes better Bow. Smh," tweeted Cole. "Can't stand when people all self righteous when it's convenient it makes them look good…But can still talk sh-t when convenient."
ESSENCE readers were equally divided on the song. "I am still a fan because she is talented and hard working. But, this song will definitely be skipped if I get this album," wrote one commenter, while another added that it was "just a song" and no one should take it seriously.
Thanks to pop culture, the b-word has evolved in the same vein as the N-word. Some are offended by it, and many embrace it. And, like it or not, it's all over our airwaves, movies and TVs. Even men are called the B-word nowadays. Just ask Diddy.
Where do you stand? Has the b-word become a part of your everyday language, or are you still offended by it? Share your thoughts and comments with us below.