Beyonce to remove ‘able’ and offensive lyrics from album song ‘Renaissance’ following online backlash
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Beyoncé has confirmed that she will remove an “able” lyric used in a song from her new album “Renaissance” following online backlash from the disability rights community.
The 40-year-old artist will change the word “spaz” from the 11th anthem in the catalog, “Heated”, to another, yet undetermined term.
“The word, not intentionally used in a harmful way, will be replaced,” a rep for Beyoncé told Fox News Digital.
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In the song, which is co-written by rapper Drake, Beyoncé sings the line: “Spazzin’ on that ass, spazz on that ass.”
The word has often been used to refer negatively to people with disabilities.
The 16-track album, which officially debuted on Friday, is his first solo release since 2016’s “Lemonade” and marks his seventh studio album.
“So @Beyonce used the word ‘spaz’ in her new song Heated”, Hannah Diviney tweeted. “It’s like a slap in the face to me, the disability community and the progress we’ve been trying to make with Lizzo. I guess I’ll keep telling the whole industry to ‘do better’ until ableist slurs disappear from the music.”
“Yes, and me, a black autistic person was also called ‘spaz’ growing up to describe myself as irritating and annoying,” another user wrote online against people defending the word. “The word is an insult. Let it go and leave some compassion for people who have been hurt by that word instead.”
“Language is such a complex thing and words can validly mean different things to different people, but I don’t see why any artist would use a word in their song that causes so much upheaval to millions of people around the world,” he said. said Callum Stephen. wrote.
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“After Lizzo’s outcry using the word ‘sp@z’, I can’t believe no one on Beyoncé’s team realized how hurtful the word is to so many people on the team. disability community. Surely one of the 11 writers and 10 producers of ‘Heated’ must have known?”
Last month, Lizzo listened to the community when she realized a lyric in her song ‘GRRRLS’ was ‘harmful’ and made the decision to change the word as she never meant to ‘promote derogatory language’. .
“This is the result of my listening and my action,” she shared on Twitter. “As an influential artist, I’m dedicated to being part of the change I’ve been waiting to see in the world.”
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Fox News’ Larry Fink contributed to this report.