Beyoncé to Change ‘Renaissance’ Lyric After Backlash

Beyoncé has promised to change the words of one of her new songs after getting feedback from members of the disability community that the lyrics were insensitive.

In a statement that was made public on Monday, a representative for the artist who won the Grammy for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance confirmed that she will alter the lyrics to “Heated,” a song that is featured on her seventh studio album titled “Renaissance” and contains an ableist slang term for “spastic.”

The statement from Beyoncé’s team, which Variety was able to get, went as follows: “The word, which was not used purposefully in a detrimental way, will be replaced.”

A little over a month after Lizzo had issued an apology for using the same word in her song “GRRRLS,” which she had then modified, the Beyoncé response began to emerge.

Disability advocate Hannah Diviney, who wrote an essay for the Guardian about Lizzo and Beyoncé’s back-to-back violations, tweeted, “So @Beyonce used the word—z’ in her new song Heated.” Diviney also wrote a column about the back-to-back infractions. It feels like someone is slapping me, the disabled community, and the progress that we tried to accomplish with Lizzo in the face. I guess I’ll simply have to keep encouraging everyone in the business to “do better” until ableist slurs are completely eradicated from the music industry.

Frances Ryan, the author of “Crippled,” tweeted: “It’s really hard to imagine neither Beyoncé nor anybody in her staff didn’t see the ableist slur when Lizzo very publicly made the same error a month ago (and gratefully remedied it).” “Exhausting.”

Lizzo demonstrated that she was “committed to becoming part of the change” by changing the lyrics of “GRRRLS” from “I’m a s—z” to “Hold me back” after Diviney and other people called her out in June.

“As a large black woman in America, I’ve had many terrible remarks used against me so I [get] the power words can have (whether intentionally or, in my case, accidentally),” Lizzo stated at the time. “I’ve had many painful words used against me so I [understand] the power words can have.”

“I was able to respond because I listened to what others had to say.”

After weeks of buildup, Beyoncé finally unveiled her highly anticipated album “Renaissance,” which was met with universal acclaim and a social media frenzy.

The singer released a trippy visualizer for the album’s opening single, “Break My Soul,” on Sunday, continuing the frenzy that has been going on among the Beyhive since Saturday. Beyoncé can be seen striking a pose on a massive neon billboard while wearing a black cowboy hat with wings and a bodysuit that matches her outfit in the moving image.

After the album was made available for streaming online fewer than two days before its official release, Queen Bey released a message in which she thanked her devoted fans for their patience as well as their “love and protection.”

Beyoncé stated in an open letter to her fans, “The album was leaked, and you all actually waited until the proper release time so you can all enjoy it together.”

“I’ve never seen anything like it … I want to thank you for pointing out anyone who was trying to get into the club before it officially opened. It is quite important to me. I want to express my gratitude for your unflinching support.

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