NOTE: This story contains offensive language.
After online activists accused Beyoncé of including a “petty thief” in a song on her latest album RenaissanceThe female singer announced that she would remove the offensive lyrics.
Problematic lyrics were introduced on the album’s 11th track, Boilwhich twice contained the word “spaz”, a derogatory term for cerebral palsy (also known as hemiplegia).
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A representative for Beyoncé, 40, said: “The word, not intended to be used in a harmful way, will be replaced. Good Morning America in Monday.
In June, pop singer Lizzo faced similar controversy and changed the lyrics of her single. Grrrls following backlash from disability activists online.
Lizzo, 34, also used the word “spaz” in her song, which was later removed.
“Let me be clear: I never wanted to promote offensive language,” Lizzo wrote in a statement posted on social media at the time.
“As a fat black woman in America, I have had many hurtful words used against me so I understand the power words can have (whether intentional or unintentional in my case). ).”
A prominent disability activist, Hannah Diviney, wrote an opinion column for Hireup about Beyoncé’s use of the derogatory word.
Diviney, who has cerebral palsy, has been at the forefront of calling out both Lizzo and Beyoncé on social media.
“I think we changed the music industry and started a global conversation about why viable language – on purpose or not – has no place in music,” Diviney wrote. about Lizzo’s change of words. “But I guess I was wrong, because now Beyoncé has gone and done exactly the same thing.”
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Diviney also tweeted about Beyoncé’s insulting lyrics, writing that the word was like a “slap in the face to me, the disabled community and the progress we’ve been trying to achieve with Lizzo.”
Many other disability activists also took to Twitter to share calls for Diviney’s lyrics to be changed.
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However, others online were quick to defend Beyoncé, arguing that “spaz” means something different in the Black community. Many social media users accuse the word as the equivalent of “crazy” in African American English or African American Native English (AAVE).
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Beyoncé’s Album Renaissance was released on July 29. Spotify announced on Friday that the album has become the most streamed album of 2022 in a single day by a female artist.
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