Beyoncé is changing lyrics to a song on her new album Renaissance after being criticized by many in the disability community for containing a ableistic slur.
The 11th track, “Heated,” featured the word “Spaz,” an insult against people with disabilities — and the same word Lizzo received backlash for after including it on her single “Grrrls.”
“The word that is not intentionally used in a harmful manner will be substituted,” a Beyoncé representative said in a statement Monday.
On the internet, many fans pointed out that the word came from “spastic”.
“Someone who is spastic is born with a disability that makes it difficult for them to control their muscles, especially in their arms and legs.” according to the Collins dictionary. “Most people now refer to someone with this disability as cerebral palsy.”
Others noted that the term has a different meaning in the black community, commonly used in African American English or African American Vernacular English (AAVE) as “going crazy”.
“We talked about it, Spaz in AAVE is not the same word. Please continue to educate yourself in our language as we have been ‘encouraged’ to delve into ableistic terms,” one person tweeted.
Other person tweeted, “‘Spaz’ is commonly known as ‘crazy’ in AAVE. It has a completely different meaning in this context.”
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