Etta James Explains Beyonce Diss: “Not From A Vicious Place”

Etta James says she was only joking when she poked fun at President Obama and threatened to snatch off Beyonce’s lacefront during a concert in Seattle last weekend.

“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,” the legendary soul songstress said in an interview with the New York’s Daily News on Thursday.

“Nobody was getting mad at me in Seattle,” she adds. “They were all laughing, and it was funny.”

Etta maintains that the jokes were “not from a vicious place,” but admits that she was hurt about not being invited to perform her trademark ballad, “At Last,” for the President and First Lady’s inauguration night First Dance.

Since when is threatening to kick somebody’s ass not considered “vicious?” Maybe Ole Etta’s getting senile.

“I feeling left out of something that was basically mine, that I had done every time you look around,” she said. When asked if she thought she could have done a better job performing the song, Etta answered, “I think so. That’s a shame to say that.”

What do you guys think about Etta’s explanation?