Beyonce will replace a derogatory term used in her song Heated, which has sparked a backlash from some fans and a disability charity in the UK.
he follows features on the highly anticipated seventh studio album by the American singer-songwriter Renaissance, which was released last week.
The 40-year-old’s rep confirmed the word “must not be used intentionally harmfully,” will be replaced with Heated, co-written by Canadian rapper Drake, and includes a slur word that can be used used twice. the end of the song.
In a statement to the PA news agency, a Beyonce spokesperson said: “Words, not used with malicious intent, will be substituted in the lyrics.”
The term is sometimes used to refer to people with cerebral palsy, a condition that affects a person’s muscle coordination.
Before Beyonce decided to replace her use of the derogatory term, disability equality charity Scope spoke out against her use of the word, less than a month after it did the same. for American singer-songwriter Lizzo.
The charity’s communications director Warren Kirwan said: “It’s appalling that one of the world’s biggest stars has chosen to include this deeply derogatory term.
“Just a few weeks ago, Lizzo received backlash from fans, who felt hurt and disappointed after she used the same disgusting language.”
He added: “Words are important because they reinforce the negative attitudes that people with disabilities face on a daily basis and impact every aspect of their lives.
“Beyonce has long been an advocate for inclusion and equality, so we ask her to remove this offensive lyrics.”
Lizzo re-released her song Grrrls with a “lyric change” and issued an apologetic statement after facing criticism for her use of the same words.
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The pop superstar, who is known for promoting body positivity and self-love in her music, said she “never wants to promote offensive language(s)” and she is “dedicated to being part of the change I’ve been waiting to see in the world”.
Following Renaissance’s release, Beyonce fans, commonly known as Beyhive, said the album was “made with the LGBT community in mind” as they shared their initial thoughts on the new release.
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