Etta James has senior moment, trashes Beyonce, Obama

February 5th, 2009 // 75 Comments

Etta James had a moment at a Seattle concert last week where she trashed Beyonce for singing a rendition of “At Last” at President Barack Obama’s inauguration. Which is odd considering Beyonce recently played Etta in the film Cadillac Records, and the two had a ball at the premiere (above.) NY Daily News reports:

“I tell you that woman he had singing for him, singing my song, she gonna get her ass whupped,” James told an audience at the Paramount Theatre, sarcastically calling her “The great Beyoncé.”
James didn’t finish there.
“I can’t stand Beyoncé,” she spit out on an audio clip posted on, adding that Beyoncé “had no business … singing my song that I been singing forever.”

Obviously still perturbed, Etta then insulted Obama even though she initially loved Beyonce’s inauguration performance. But, hey, old people: They’re adorable ticking time bombs. Right, Grandpa? Put down the knife:

Two weeks ago, James’ son told the Daily News his mom, who has suffered health setbacks after gastric bypass surgery, was moved by the performance.
“You know your President, right? You know the one with the big ears?” she asked the audience. “He ain’t my President.”

For the record, Etta went on to hate several other things that evening including, but not limited to, women, music, black people and irony.

Photos: Getty

  1. Que

    Que who?

  2. testing

    what a crazy old broad lol she didnt event write the damn song

    Christina’s version is best anyways

  3. LL

    As fuckin’ crazy as Etta may be, she’s right about Beyonce, who is overrated as a singer. They got Aretha to sing for the inauguration, but they couldn’t get Etta to sing at whatever the hell Beyonce was at? Bitch, please…

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  5. Turd Ferguson

    That’s funny stuff.
    I don’t care for either of them musically speaking.
    But, I’d sure like to gets me some of that Bouncy girl.

  6. the Commish

    FAIL!! This post fails on so many levels. Who the hell cares!?

    This is just like when the Terminator needed to kill off an enemy and made his finger extend into a sword. He proceeded to stab his rival through the face and ran away to his 5 acre mansion in the Hollywood hills to grab something to drink and think about his awesomeness.

    As Beyonce extended her finger toward her accuser, she wished she had the Terminators power of finger manipulation so that she, too, could just stab her nemesis and run away to her top-secret mansion hideaway and reflect on her awesomeness. Wait, what is this about again? I forget.

  7. Sandsman

    I’d like to place my head between Beyonce’s thighs but I know she would probably crush me. What a way to go, though.

  8. Wow. She should have talked about how Obama promised us that he would change washington, and he’s doing nothing but hiring tax cheaters and lobbyists. Shame!

  9. Tschikka

    Beyonce is so fat… eeewwwww
    and she can’t sing….

  10. worthit

    why is ms etta being like that? she should be greatful that someone sang her song, and beyonce did a great job

  11. Yeah, well.....

    Have to admit…. Beyonce’s version sucked and her voice gets so damned annoying at times with the pitch. Not to mention Beyonce is so overrated… and if I see her sponsor one more thing, I’m going to puke. What’s next? The Beyonce Tampon. Try it today!

  12. moses

    Evidently Etta didn’t read the memo that set forth “Thou shall speak no ill of The Messiah.”

    As far as Beyonce, she can rag on that overhyped choir girl all she wants to. Beyonce is nothing more than Solange with better handlers.

  13. joanna

    i hate beyonce. if Aaliyah were still alive, she would put that biatch in her place. she steals songs, her voice is not even near pleasent, she basically screams most of the time. Hate,hate!!!

  14. dude

    Etta’s my girl. Beyonce…no. She can sure shake her biznis, but no one can belt it out like Etta.

  15. PEC

    You go Etta! He ain’t my president either.

  16. 57 Cadi with the back doors open

    “Big ears”, more like, “Big ego”
    Oh well, there went her 40 acres and a mule.

  17. She’s looking svelte for someone who weighed 400 lbs., and younger than Donatella Versace.

  18. pat

    Obama asking Etta James to sing for her would be like Bush asking the Dixie Chicks to sing for him. Why ask a hater to sing for you when you can invite a supporter?

    Anyway, you didn’t hear Glenn Miller and Nat King Cole complaining when Etta covered “At Last” after them, did you? (OK, Glenn Miller was already dead).

    I suppose if TCM plays the movie the song first appeared in, Etta will bitch about that too. “That’s my song! I stole it fair and square!”

  19. Charlton Heston

    All I can say to the President’s trillion dollar tax-and-spend proposal is “Get your stinkin’ paws off me, you damned dirty ape!” Trust me, in 4 years we’ll be saying “You maniacs! You blew it up! Damn you! Damn you all to hell!”

  20. Animal Planet

    Beyonce is a fat, talentless, but expertly promoted ape.

    Etta James is a crazy old talented ape.

    Barack Obama is a talented young(ish) half-man/half-ape. We’ll be ok if he acts mostly on his non-ape instincts.

  21. Delgo

    Beverly’s Diet Journal: The before picture is much sexier.
    It has curves.

  22. Jeff W.

    “He ain’t my President.” Really Etta? So by default you wish McCain had won? You wish Palin was in the White House? “ain’t”? I’d expect anyone who uses the word “ain’t” to make such a stupid statement. Did you finish high school, Etta? Sigh. It’s a wonder our planet still exists after having the worst president in US history ruined everything. At least we’re safe for the next 8 years. Thankfully 8 years of anti-intellectualism ended when idiot Bush left. no longer will political decision be based on magic and superstitious thinking. Obama has 8 years to fix the disaster Bush created. It’s so refreshing to have someone with a brain in power. For anyone to suggest differently is ridiculous. Just look around you, do you like the state of the US right now? Thanks George.

  23. Jrz

    JeffW, just shut up and laugh at the zany old chick, okay? Jesus.

  24. Photoshop Police

    I’m gonna play the “alzheimer’s” card here, people.

    “The one with the big ears” could be any number of presidents from the past few decades.

    As for her hatred of Beyonce, I would file that one under jealousy. Look, Etta… face it… you’re old and unless you can miraculously still hit the high notes, I think Beyonce probably sings your song better right now.

    Now stop complaining about current events and go home and yell at the kids cutting across your lawn like a good senior citizen.

    p.s. – respect your elders

  25. Jeff W. is an idiot

    Hey Jeff W. Do you have kids? (probably not…women don’t fuck losers) If you do, go tell them not to worry, when they finally get old enough to hold a job and pay taxes, they get to help pay for this debacle of a stimulus plan that BO and libs are trying to pass as “job creations”. You know, the one that includes:

    $32 billion focusing on investment in renewable technology.
    $16 billion to repair public housing and make key energy efficiency retrofits.
    $6 billion to weatherize modest-income homes.
    $10 billion for science facilities, research, and instrumentation.
    $10 billion for transit and rail to reduce traffic congestion and gas consumption.
    $41 billion to local school districts including a new School Modernization and Repair Program and the Education Technology program.
    $15.6 billion to increase the Pell grant by $500.
    $6 billion for higher education modernization.
    $20 billion for health information technology to prevent medical mistakes, provide better care to patients and introduce cost-saving efficiencies.
    $4.1 billion to provide for preventative care and to evaluate the most effective healthcare treatments.
    $43 billion for increased unemployment benefits.
    $39 billion to support those who lose their jobs through COBRA health insurance and Medicaid.
    $20 billion to increase the food stamp benefit by over 13% in order to help defray rising food costs.
    $87 billion for a temporary increase in the Medicaid matching rate.
    $400 million to help state and local governments purchase efficient alternative fuel vehicles.
    $350 million for research into using renewable energy to power weapons systems and military bases.
    $200 million for a new grant program to encourage electric vehicle technologies.
    $462 million to enable CDC to complete its Buildings and Facilities Master Plan.
    $400 million to put more scientists to work doing climate change research.
    $650 million to continue the coupon program to enable American households to convert from analog television transmission to digital transmission.
    $2.1 billion to address needed repairs to military facilities.
    $400 million for new construction to support Guard and Reserve units across the country with operations and training facilities and utilities infrastructure.
    $360 million for new child development centers.
    $300 million to upgrade job training facilities serving at-risk youth while improving energy efficiency.
    $150 million to address the repair backlog at the Smithsonian
    $50 million for the National Endowment for the Arts.
    $6 billion for loans to help communities upgrade wastewater treatment systems.
    $2 billion for loans for drinking water infrastructure.
    $800 million to clean up hazardous and toxic waste sites that threaten health and the environment.
    $550 million for state and local volunteer programs. (At least that’s unpaid jobs created)
    $2.1 billion to provide comprehensive development services to help 110,000 additional children succeed in school.
    $600 million for formula grants to help states serve children with disabilities age 2 and younger.
    $500 million to increase the number of uninsured Americans who receive quality healthcare.
    $600 million to address shortages and prepare our country for universal healthcare.
    $4.2 billion to help communities purchase and rehabilitate foreclosed, vacant properties in order to create more affordable housing and reduce neighborhood blight.
    $100 million for local governments and nonprofit organizations to remove lead-based paint hazards in low-income housing.
    $20 billion to provide nutrition assistance to modest-income families.
    $726 million to increase the number of states that provide free dinners to children.
    $200 million to put approximately 16,000 additional AmeriCorps members to work doing national service
    $100 million for grants to faith- and community-based organizations (ACORN).

    That’s going to create hundreds of thousands of jobs? I think not. Read the bill. I did. All 647 pages of it.

    (oh I also forgot, go fuck yourself)

  26. Phil

    Looks like Etta preferred McCain’s offer of classic Republican solutions for blacks (asphalt-surfing) over Obama’s offer of Robin Hood loot. And people dispute the mountain of IQ evidence…

  27. Not really

    No offense Jeff, but our nation is wiped out economically and it will not recover in our lifetimes. In fact, that is by design. Strange that people like myself are called conspiracy theorist wackos all the while the shit we anxiously portent comes true! Not that any of us want it to be that way.
    We are coming upon the second half of the Age of Oil. The expensive half. It will cost more every year to extract the resources – hydrocarbons, ferrous metals, non-ferrous metals, minerals for chemistry and electronics and agriculture, uranium, etc. as most of the good stuff lying on top of the earth has been dug up. Not to mention the world’s forests are largely long long gone in terms of carbon mass not “number” of saplings which contain little carbon mass.

    In essence: we are fucked.

    Have a nice life (although if you are below middle class it won’t be very nice, you’ll soon see).

  28. duh

    #25 – GWB oversaw the largest expansion of the federal government since Lyndon Johnson’s “Great Society” programs. So suck it.

  29. Elsa

    These people, always with the flinging of the feces! Oye ve!

  30. bean bag

    dude love all the people getting really serious about their opinions. so great. Wow what a lonely place you must be in. Getting political on a celebrity blog. Look at #25- seriously dude, are you fucking stupid? so not the place. I’m guessing your half retarded.

  31. Sig Heil

    I know how to fix the economy. I say we have a bloody revolution and kill all the rich fuckers that robbed us. That’s where our money is. We have 6,000 people at the top worth $42 trillion not counting the thousands of thieves under them.
    I say we grab Bernie Madoff by the throat and all the scum like him and create our own little Gitmo and I guarantee they will talk. If we have to invade and destroy nations involved in the banking conspiracy then so be it.

    What choice do we have? Are we really gonna just sit and rot and die? Let’s die like real men and women! Fighting for our freedom.

  32. jennifer Hammond

    Im more shocked by the fact that Etta James is black and did NOT vote for Obama. I didnt think there was a black alive out there who didn’t vote for him. lol.

  33. Etta Fan

    I have seen Etta James in concert twice and let me tell you — even at 72 her voice kicks Beyonce’s ass. She is a legendary singer and when you hear her do the sng live you get chills. When Beyonce does it live, it is like the third round of American Idol.

  34. This isn’t a real debate about Black people without Sheva excoriating the president.

  35. BunnyButt

    24, it’s not Alzheimer’s. I do volunteer work with old folks, and many of them feel that, having lived that long, they have earned the right to say and do as they please. No more making nicey nice to protect other people’s feelings. Sometimes the truth can be hard to take, but I generally prefer their honesty to most people’s social “diplomacy”.

  36. CJ

    #24 you just gave me the best reason to grow old!!! Love it!!!

  37. CJ

    Senior moment….that should have been #35…not 24

  38. effyeray

    World Dictionary of Ebonics definition of Beyonce:
    Fat, gelatinous-assed, greed based, talentless walking turd that utterly ruin’s everything it come into contact with.

  39. RichPort's Gastric Bypass

    It’s nice to see that ACORN is receiving $100 million of taxpayer dollars. They wouldn’t be able to fraudulantly register millions of Democratic votes to deliver elections to Democrats without it. It takes alot of money for people to vote 100 times at 100 different voting stations in one day.

  40. #39 – anon/Sheva, while that was completely random and totally irrelevant, it is possible. I myself voted for John McCain 75 or 80 times in every red state I could bike to.

  41. Etta looks like Rosie Perez stuffed into a suit made of E.T.’s foreskin

  42. Massa'

    I got a stimulus plan. Ship all the porch monkeys back to Africa. Ship all the Beaners back to Mexico, no matter what “Latino” country they came from. Ship all the Muslims back to the desert. Ship all the Hollywood elitist celebutards to an island in the middle of nowhere and nuke it. As for evacuating all the minority leaches, just strap airborne parachuts on them and shove them out of C-130′s over their respective destinations.

    It may cost a couple $100 billion, but it would be far less than the current stimulus plan, and the economic recovery would begin instantly. Instead of white people having to work to take care of all the useless minorities in this country, we could, once again, work to better our own lives without millions of unproductive leaches dragging the whole system down.

    Let’s face it, the only time negro’s have ever been organized or productive is when they were slaves. And with all the minorities gone, the US gov’t could get rid of about 90% of it’s current budget and useless gov’t programs that have never worked once anyway.

    Sure, the NFL would have white running backs, receivers, and defensive secondary, but the raping of white women would also dramatically decrease. The NBA could be folded, since no white people watch that sport anyway. And MLB could go back to the glory days when it really was America’s game, instead of South America’s Game.

    Right on.

  43. Surprised

    Massah’ I must commend you on your economic proposal. I couldn’t have said it better myself. You may not be politically correct, but hey you aren’t a politician so you don’t have to lie!

  44. Bee

    #32, thats a prety idiotic thing to say. Are we all supposed to support him just because he’s Black? All Blacks aren’t democrats.

  45. skating on glue

    Lil’ Jeffie the obot said:

    “Thankfully 8 years of anti-intellectualism ended when idiot Bush left. no longer will political decision be based on magic and superstitious thinking.”

    Wow, following up a sentence about “anti-intellectualism” with a sentence that doesn’t begin with a capital letter.

    This moronic irony- is it on purpose or an idiot savant style gift?

    “Obama has 8 years to fix the disaster Bush created. It’s so refreshing to have someone with a brain in power.”

    You’re mistaken- per teleprompter Jesus’s own reckoning, he has either 5 or 10 years to fix the disaster authored by pelosi, frank, reid, dodd, and himself.

    Seriously, people in all 57 states are not happy about this guy.

    What was that about brains in the White House again?

  46. RichPort's Vaginal Odor

    44. Bee – February 5, 2009 2:54 PM

    #32, thats a prety idiotic thing to say. Are we all supposed to support him just because he’s Black? All Blacks aren’t democrats.

    Well, polls showed that about 99% of blacks who voted, voted for Obomma, and in many cases, voted for him numerous times.

    Really enlightening as to who the real racists in this country are….

  47. Massa'

    I wonder how it feels for all the millions of people in Kentucky & Tennessee who were freezing, starving, and in some cases, dying, during the ice storm and power outage of the last 10 days to know that Biraq Obomma was off over the weekend on a photoshoot for the cover of Vanity Fair.

    That’s some “Change” alright. Bush would’ve had a stopwatch held to him by the media, but Obumma gets a free pass…..what a joke. Typical self-absorbed uppity ape….

    I know at least 2 states he won’t win in 2012/13.

  48. duh

    #47 – wow, that non-point totally offsets Bush’s incompetent handling of Katrina.

    For every stray quick-trigger shot that Obama critics get off while he’s in the first few weeks of his presidency, there’s a full-scale battle that Bush lost during his 8 years. You couldn’t sound more foolish.

  49. Cash

    One more reason to love Etta.

  50. Massa'

    48. duh – February 5, 2009 3:21 PM

    #47 – wow, that non-point totally offsets Bush’s incompetent handling of Katrina.

    For every stray quick-trigger shot that Obama critics get off while he’s in the first few weeks of his presidency, there’s a full-scale battle that Bush lost during his 8 years. You couldn’t sound more foolish.

    Actually, duh, you mindless Obomite sheep, the completely inept and unqualified governor of Louisiana, a democrat of course, said she had everything under control in her state after Katrina and didn’t need any outside help from George Bush or FEMA. It was only after 3 days of her doing absolutely nothing and not even calling any emergency personel that the gov’t stepped in and took over the disaster relief. Do a little research before you spew out your preprogrammed bush-hate speech you worthless stenchcunt.

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