Beyoncé to remove ableist slur from ‘Renaissance’ album after backlash

Beyoncé is removing the lyrics to one of the songs on her new album, “Renaissance,” amid backlash.  The pop superstar drew criticism this weekend over the song “Heated,” co-written by Drake, which features the line: “Spazzin’ on that a**, spazz on that a**.” The word “spaz” is based on spastic diplegia, a form of cerebral palsy that causes motor impairments in the legs or arms, and has been used as a slur toward people living with that disability.

Representatives for Beyoncé confirmed that a new version of “Heated” will be available with the offensive lyrics changed. A statement read: “The word, not used intentionally in a harmful way, will be replaced.”  Beyoncé’s announcement follows Lizzo’s decision to edit the same word out of one of her new songs; Lizzo confirmed plans to change a lyric in “Grrrls,” off her latest album “Special,” following similar criticism.

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