Beyoncé To Remove Offensive Words From New Song

Beyoncé To Remove Offensive Words From New Song

Just weeks after rapper Lizzo also changed lyrics to remove the same phrase, Beyoncé is eliminating an insensitive term for disabled people from a new song on her album “Renaissance.”

The phrase, which was not used maliciously, will be replaced, a Beyoncé spokesperson said in a statement to The Associated Press on Monday.
The word “spaz,” which is seen as a disparaging reference to the medical term spastic diplegia, a form of cerebral palsy, is used in the song “Heated,” which was co-written with Canadian rapper Drake among other people.

In June, Lizzo took down the word from one of her songs, “Grrrls,” when disability rights activists objected to the lyrics. Lizzo claimed in a statement that she has never wished to encourage disparaging speech.

Disability rights activist Hannah Diviney said on Twitter that hearing the word used by Beyoncé “felt like a slap in the face to me, the disabled community & the progress we tried to make with Lizzo” after pointing out Lizzo’s lyrics that prompted the modification.

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