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Beyonce Changes Offensive Song Lyrics After Online Backlash

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Beyonce is set to replace an offensive term used in her song Heated, prompting a backlash from some fans and a UK disability charity.

The track is included on American singer-songwriter’s highly anticipated seventh studio album Renaissance, which was released last week.

Reps for the 40-year-old confirmed that the word, which “wasn’t intentionally used in a harmful manner,” is replaced in “Heated,” which was co-written by Canadian rapper Drake and features an ableistic slur that’s used twice towards the end of the song .

In a statement to the PA news agency, a spokesman for Beyonce said: “The word that is not intentionally used in a harmful manner will be substituted in the lyrics.”

The term is sometimes used to refer to people with cerebral palsy, a condition that affects people’s muscle coordination.

Prior to Beyonce’s decision to replace the use of the offensive term, disability equality charity Scope spoke out against her use of the word, less than a month after she did the same for American singer-songwriter Lizzo.

The charity’s media manager, Warren Kirwan, said: “It is appalling that one of the world’s biggest stars has chosen to take up this deeply offensive term.

“Just weeks ago, Lizzo received a huge backlash from fans who felt hurt and let down after using the same vile language.”

He added: “Words matter because they reinforce the negative attitudes that people with disabilities face every day and that impact every aspect of the lives of people with disabilities.

“Beyonce has long been an advocate for inclusivity and equality, so we urge her to remove this offensive text.”

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Lizzo re-released her song Grrrls with a “lyrical change” and issued a statement apologizing after being criticized for her use of the same word.

The pop superstar, known for encouraging body positivity and self-love in his music, said that she “never wants to encourage derogatory language” and is “committed to being part of the change I’ve been waiting for in the world.” “.

Following the release of Renaissance, Beyonce fans, colloquially known as Beyhive, said the album was “made with the LGBT community in mind” when sharing their first thoughts on the new release.

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