After Etta James dissed Beyonce for “singing her song”, she has just released a statement saying that it was all a joke.
She says, “I didn’t really mean anything. Even as a little child, I’ve always had that comedian kind of attitude… That’s probably what went into it.”
She said that she was put out by Beyonce’s performance because she felt left out of something that “was basically mine, that I had done every time you look around.”
She added, “Nobody was getting mad at me in Seattle. They were all laughing, and it was funny.”
She doesn’t exactly apologize or downplay what she said about Beyonce. But she does say that the comments she made about Barack Obama were a joke. She says, “I always thought he was handsome and he was cool. I still had my joke about him. That might be horrible. The President might not ever like me in life. But he’s got other stuff to worry about besides Etta James.”
So she was basically miffed that Beyonce was asked, instead of her. Etta’s rant is here, in case you missed it.
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