Etta James tells the Daily News that her threat to whup Beyoncé’s ass was all a joke and was “not from a vicious place.” Although, James admits she could have sang it much better.

“I didn’t really mean anything,” James said. “Even as a little child, I’ve always had that comedian kind of attitude. … That’s probably what went into it.”

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

Sure, she was a little hurt that Beyoncé was chosen to sing, “At Last,” a song she made famous, at “President’s day” instead of her, but that had absolutely nothing to do with her making fun of how big Obama’s ears were. In fact, she thinks he’s handsome and a cool guy.

Whatever. You know Etta James is still pissed. If she saw Beyoncé on the street and no one was around, she’d beat her down with her walker. She’d even remove those tennis balls from the legs to maximize damage.

Here’s Beyoncé in this month’s Giant Magazine pre-ass-kicking. Pray for Beyoncé.

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