(CNN) – Legendary singer Etta James said she was only trying to be funny when she said Beyonce is “gonna get her ass whupped” and that President Obama has “big ears.”
James, who first made the comments at a concert in Seattle last week, told the Daily News on Friday that she continued the insults because the crowd was laughing. She said that her jokes were “not from a vicious place.”
"I didn't really mean anything," James told the Daily News. "Even as a little child, I've always had that comedian kind of attitude. That's probably what went into it."
James added that she was "feeling left out of something that was basically mine, that I had done every time you look around."
The legendary singer told the paper that she’s always thought Obama was “handsome,” but said that because of her joke he “might not ever like me in life.”
But Obama has “other stuff [to worry about] besides Etta James,” she said.
James, famous for the song “At Last,” did admit she was annoyed that Beyonce was chosen to perform the song as the first couple danced together on Inauguration night. James, when asked if she could have done better, said “I think so. That’s a shame to say that.”
Better not quit your day job... because no one is laughing WITH you
Come on CNN she also said. 'Obama is not my President."
Etta – you are officially a busted up has-been. Beyonce is no prize, but you ma'am... are no lady. Real ladies know when to exit gracefully.
ETTA JAMES SHOULD BE MORE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE WORDS THAT COMES OUT FROM HER DARN MOUTHH.
why should she apologize??
I dont get it, she made a couple of Joke and everybody get anrgy...so what. I suppose we're just becoming a nation of BABIES who feel they HAVE THE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO NOT BE OFFENDED?????
but whatever...I suppose thats why we're ridiculed through the world
All this HATE from President Obama supporters that were SO concerned over the HATE shown by McCain supporters such a short time ago. Now i no longer wonder why the Democrat party symbol is a donkey (AKA jacka..)
It sure didn't sound like a joke when she said it!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Obama stinks... Too many people think he is a god. You don't solve a debt crisis with more debt. Pick up an economics textbook. Inflation and the Chinese will eat us alive. I can't wait until comedians start manning up and make fun of him. Chris Rock... as much as you want to think it, he's not perfect. He only hires people who don't pay taxes. He definitely has issues with people selection.
Knowing the character of our President (God knows we should by now), I am quite sure he is not upset at all by Ms. James comments. He probably regrets he didn't think to ask her to sing along with Beyonce at the ball. We take all of this stuff way too seriously.
Our economy is in shambles, politicians are fighting instead of trying to work together toward a solution which will benefit ALL Americans and instead of demanding that congress work with our elected President to find a solution we are here commenting on Etta James slamming someone! Where oh where is the sanity?
Tempest in a teapot, folks.
A lot of singers feel proprietary about a song that holds special meaning to them. She didn't write it, didn't make the first record of it, but her version was famous for years and is closely identified with her.
Some of the other commenters have been drinking the Rush Koolaid too long, though. And you think that those of us who voted for President Obama are sheep? Gosh, look in the mirror! I don't believe he is perfect, and he has, and will make mistakes because he is human. The problems is that under President Bush it was a traitorous act to disrespect the President, but now that the President is Democratic, it is freedom of speech? Sorry, sauce for the goose, sauce for the gander.
Sad how ugly Etta "joked". That's like saying something mean, followed by "I'm just saying". Be accountable. Maybe you liked Bush more?
if you can judge a president by his first two weeks at work then Ronald Reagan would not be the GOP demi-god he is today. I just wonder how many people on a new job were judged by what they did the frist two weeks of work.
As an Obama supporter in a way I am GLAD he's having it rough right now. When the going gets tough the tough get going and he's gonna show us all why he won the office. Plus it's giving you right wing haters something to crow about for a little while since you're still bitter about your loss.
This is the most publicity she has ever gotten in her life. Despite all of her grammy awards, I'll bet that if you asked 100 random people on the street who she was, you might find 2 or 3 who actually knew.
Yeah.....she had them rolling in the aisles with laughter.
Sure she did.
Gratutitous laughter maybe.
She is losing her BEARINGS.
Janis, if Obama stinks? what in this world does George Bush
Come on Etta, just apologize and be done with it. You're just like most of us that hate to admit we did something wrong. It takes a bigger person to admit they made a mistake than one that makes excuses.
it was not funny, it was mean.
DON'T BLAME ME I DIDN'T VOTE FOR OBAMA!!!!!!!!
I COULD READ THIS MAN THE FIRST TIME I HEARD HIM!!!!!!!!!!!....
It's cool... he's going on vacation to Camp David to recover.. tough three weeks...
HHMM, you pick on the first black Pres and the hottest Pop Star out there. Then, when you get slammed...It was all a joke?!?!?
Wow, Obama, sounds like someone you would want in your Cabinet!
Cmoore, sorry, the title "Worst president, EVER!" Belongs to George W. Bush!
Sure you did, the only thing you were to dumb to realize was the media would pick up on the story. You made the comments now stand up and be adult about it. Say bye bye to whatever you want to call a career.
How petty can you be James? Yes, everyone knows Obama has "big ears" and who cares? Before throwing insults around, look at yourself in the mirror.
She sure changed her tune when she saw the responce by the public. JUST KIDDING? YEAH RIGHT!!!
cmoore. stick and stones may break his bones but your words will never harm him. thank god for that.