Beyonce removes Ableist insult from song ‘Renaissance’
A rep for Beyoncé has announced that the singer will be removing an ability slur from the lyrics of one of the songs on her highly anticipated new album. Renaissance.
The “Crazy in Love” superstar unveiled his long-awaited seventh studio album on July 29, and he was immediately met with euphoric responses from fans on social media. However, some pointed out that the lyrics of his song “Heated” included the ability slur “sp-z”.
“Sp-zzin’ on that a–, sp-z on that a–,” she sings on the dance track co-written by Drake.
Notably, Lizzo was called out online for using the same slur on her Special title “Grrrls” in June. The ‘Juice’ singer has issued a statement apologizing for using the word – which is particularly offensive in parts of Europe and has negative connotations due to it being derived from the term ‘spastic’ . In the United States, the word has a slightly different slang meaning. However, it is still considered offensive.
“Let me make one thing clear: I never want to promote derogatory language,” Lizzo wrote at the time. “As a fat black woman in America, I’ve had a lot of hurtful words used against me, so I understand the power words can have (whether intentionally or in my case, unintentionally).”
Lizzo updated the lyrics to remove the line.
It looks like the ‘Break My Soul’ hitmaker will take similar action.
“The word, not intentionally used in a harmful way, will be replaced,” a rep for Beyoncé said. rolling stone. The lyrics don’t appear to have been changed on the streaming services yet, and it’s unclear how they will be updated.
Hannah Diviney, a disability advocate who gained attention on social media after responding to Lizzo’s use of the word, penned an essay for The Guardian about Beyoncé. While Diviney praised the artistry of the singer, she clarified that the insult was no longer correct or acceptable when used in this instance.
“Heated” isn’t the only song on Renaissance which caused some controversy. Kelis also called out Beyoncé for interpolating her song “Milkshake” over “Energy.” In a series of comments and social media posts, Kelis claimed no one warned him about the tween and called out singing and producing duo The Neptunes, according to rolling stone.
Despite the controversy, Renaissance is on track to debut atop the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of approximately 300,000 copies, according to Complex. This will make it one of the best first weeks of the year.