Beyoncé is removing a lyric from her new song “Heated” after criticism from disability advocates and users on social media.
The track, which appears on her seventh studio album, “Renaissance”, was called out for being “able” for the singer’s use of the word “spaz”.
“Spazin’ on that ass, Spaz on that ass,” 40-year-old Beyoncé sang in one of the original verses.
“Words not used in a deliberately harmful manner will be changed,” Beyoncé’s team said in a statement. Obtained by Variety.
A representative for Beyoncé did not immediately respond to Page Six’s request for comment.
Per Mayo ClinicThe term “spastic” is often used in the medical field when referring to someone with cerebral palsy, a disability that makes it difficult for someone to control their muscles.
The inclusion of the offensive word inspired an essay published in The Guardian,
Article writer Hannah Devinee wrote, “Beyoncé’s commitment to storytelling both musically and visually is unparalleled, as is her power as the world draws attention to the narratives, struggles, and nuanced lived experience of being a black woman.”
“But that doesn’t make him an excuse to use competent language—a language that is often used and all too often ignored. Language you can be sure I will never neglect, no matter what come or whatever the circumstances may be.”
The news came less than two months after Lizzo used the same word in her song “Grrls” and later decided to remove it.
In the original song, the 34-year-old rapper sang, “Hold my bag, bitch, hold my bag / Do you see this s—t? I’m a spaz.”
In response to the outrage on social media, Lizzo wrote on social media, “Let’s make one thing clear: I never want to promote abusive language.”
She also noted that she was “proud” to take steps to “listen and take action” by changing the controversial song to “Hold Me Back”.
As far as Beyoncé is concerned, the only outrage over the song has been the only thing she has to deal with since she dropped her new album on July 29.
“Milkshake” hitmaker Kelis accused Beyoncé of “theft” after she sampled her 1999 song “Get Along with You” in “Energy.”
“My mind is also blown because the level of disrespect and utter ignorance of all 3rd parties involved is astonishing,” Kelis commented on a fan page post from her @bountyandfull Instagram account.
“I heard about it the same way everyone else did,” she continued. “Nothing is as it seems, some people in this business have no soul or integrity and have fooled everyone.”