Beyoncé has released her album “Renaissance”, in anticipation for something good, but unluckily for her she has received scorching backlash from fans.
On Monday August 1, Queen Bey’s reps revealed in a statement that the artist will modify the tricky verse in her ‘Heated‘. The song where the singer uses the derogatory term “sp*z” will be replaced after fans and activists online raised the issue of the word being ableist.
In a statement, Beyonce’s reps said,
“The word, not used intentionally in a harmful way, will be replaced.” The use of the word in the song was criticised by many disability activists and dubbed “disappointing” which led to the Single Ladies singer reconsidering her lyrics in the song and eventually deciding to remove it altogether”.
Beyonce’s reaction comes after Grammy winner singer Lizzo eliminated a similar word from her single GRRRLS in June 2022.
Lizzo at the time resolved the issue and wrote in her explanation,
“It’s been brought to my attention that there is a harmful word in my new song ‘GRRRLS.’ Let me make one thing clear: I never want to promote derogatory language.” She went on to add, “As a fat Black woman in America, I’ve had many hurtful words used against me so I overstand the power words can have (whether intentionally or in my case, unintentionally).”
“I’m proud to say there’s a new version of GRRRLS with a lyric change. This is the result of me listening and taking action. As an influential artist I’m dedicated to being part of the change I’ve been waiting to see in the world.”