Beyoncé to remove offensive word from new song

Beyonce appears at the 63rd annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, on March 14, 2021. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)

Beyoncé is eliminating an offensive slur for disabled persons from a new song on her "Renaissance" album, only weeks after rapper Lizzo made a similar modification.

"The word, which was not used intentionally in a harmful manner, will be replaced," a Beyoncé spokesperson told The Associated Press on Monday.

The word "spaz" is regarded as a disparaging allusion to spastic diplegia, a cerebral palsy, and appears in the song "Heated," which was co-written by Canadian rapper Drake and numerous others.

Lizzo also removed the word from one of her songs, "Grrrls," in June following complaints from disability advocates. Lizzo stated that she had never intended to advocate offensive words.

Disability advocate Hannah Diviney, who brought out Lizzo's lyrics that led to the revision, said that hearing Beyoncé use the word again "felt like a slap in the face to me, the disabled community, and the progress we attempted to make with Lizzo."

Publish : 2022-08-02 16:49:00

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