Beyoncé Will Remove Ableist Slur From ‘Renaissance’ After Backlash

Beyoncé has introduced plans to tweak the lyrics to one of many songs on her new album, “Renaissance,” amid a flurry of criticism.

The pop famous person drew backlash this weekend over the track “Heated,” which was co-written by Drake. The monitor options the road: “Spazzin’ on that ass, spazz on that ass.”

The phrase “spaz” is predicated on spastic diplegia, a type of cerebral palsy that causes motor impairments within the legs or arms, and has been used as a slur towards folks dwelling with that incapacity.

On Monday, a consultant for Beyoncé confirmed {that a} new model of “Heated” can be out there with the contentious lyrics modified, however gave no additional element.

“The word, not used intentionally in a harmful way, will be replaced,” the assertion learn.

Among the many first to deal with Beyoncé’s use of the slur was Australian author and incapacity advocate Hannah Diviney, who tweeted that it felt like “a slap in the face.” On Monday, she amplified her stance in an essay for The Guardian.

Beyoncé launched her seventh solo album, “Renaissance,” final week.

“Beyoncé’s commitment to storytelling musically and visually is unparalleled, as is her power to have the world paying attention to the narratives, struggles and nuanced lived experience of being a black woman — a world I can only ever understand as an ally, and have no desire to overshadow,” Diviney wrote. “But that doesn’t excuse her use of ableist language — language that gets used and ignored all too often.”

Curiously, Beyoncé’s announcement follows Lizzo’s choice to edit the identical phrase out of one in every of her new songs. Final month, the “Truth Hurts” singer confirmed plans to alter a lyric in “Grrrls,” off her newest album “Special,” following related criticism from Diviney and others.

“Let me make one thing clear: I never want to promote derogatory language,” Lizzo wrote on Instagram on the time. “This is the result of me listening and taking action. As an influential artist I’m dedicated to being part of the change I’ve been waiting to see in the world.”

“Renaissance,” Beyoncé’s seventh solo album, was launched final week to crucial reward and boffo fanfare. Nonetheless, there have been a variety of dissenting voices. Singer Kelis accused Beyoncé of “thievery” after discovering that her 2003 smash “Milkshake” had been interpolated into the brand new monitor “Energy,” allegedly with out her permission.

Writing credit on “Milkshake” belong to Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo of The Neptunes, each of whom are credited as co-songwriters on “Energy.” Kelis, nevertheless, has beforehand referred to as out Williams and Hugo, saying the 2 males didn’t correctly credit score or compensate her for her work.