Ronda Rousey’s “Do Nothing B*tch” meme continues to spread like wildfire. After casually dropping the line during a pre-fight UFC Countdown show, the internet picked up on it and made #DNB a thing. A limited edition Ronda tee with “Don’t Be A Do Nothing B*tch” was put on sale for charity; two weeks and 60,000 shirts later, Team Rousey was looking to trademark the expression.
And then Beyoncé played the sample during her Made In America concert performance, so I guess you could say things are getting pretty serious.
Now Ronda has responded to Queen Bey’s use of “Do Nothing B*tch”, telling Entertainment Tonight…
“It’s an honor to have a real powerhouse of a woman like Beyoncé just recognize my existence. It’s surreal how something I thought was a pre-fight rant in my hotel room has taken off to the point a cultural icon like Beyonce is playing it between songs at her concert. Such a huge compliment, I couldn’t be more grateful.”
Ronda Rousey is in good company … other women sampled into Beyoncé songs and performances include Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, whose TED Talk on feminism carries the bridge of Beyonce’s 2013 track “***Flawless”. But unlike Adichie, Rousey’s “Do Nothing B*tch” speech isn’t as universally appreciated. While at its core her DNB statement was a response to those who called her too masculine and muscular, there’s the undeniable overtone of throwing other women under the bus that has some feminists less than impressed with Rousey’s new catchphrase.
You certainly can’t count Beyoncé among the offended, though. And as another badass lady who is used to making controversial statements about what it is to be a woman and a feminist, she’s putting her weight behind the “Do Nothing B*tch” phenomena in a big way.