Pop singer Beyonce will remove some lyrics from the song “Heated,” which is included on her seventh studio album, Renaissance.
After the album’s July 29 release, Beyonce received backlash for offensive lyrics that used the word “spaz.” In medicine, “spasticity” refers to a disability that makes it difficult to control the muscles, especially the legs and arms.
In one of the verses in “Heated,” Beyonce uses the words “spaz” and “spazzin.” Some critics and social media users found the word offensive and accused Beyonce of being a performer.
In an essay published in The Guardian, writer Hannah Diviney criticized Beyonce’s writing.
“Beyonce’s commitment to musical and visual storytelling is unparalleled, as is her power to compel the world to call attention to the narratives, struggles, and nuanced life experiences of a black woman … But that doesn’t excuse her use of ableistic language.” Diviney wrote.
Amid the backlash, Beyonce’s team announced that she would be changing the lyrics. “The word that is not intentionally used in a harmful manner will be substituted,” the statement said.
The switch comes after Lizzo made a similar choice. On the song “Grrrls” from her 2022 album Special, Lizzo sang the lyrics, “I’m a spaz.”
After a backlash to the word, she changed the lyrics to “Hold me back.” The singer also apologized for her use of the word.
“It was brought to my attention that there was a harmful word in my new song ‘GRRRLS’. Let me get one thing straight: I never wish to encourage derogatory language,” Lizzo said in a statement at the time.
“As a fat black woman in America, many hurtful words have been used against me, so I understand the power words can have (whether intentional or, in my case, unintentional).”
Intended as a “three act project,” Renaissance is available to stream and purchase.
https://www.ibtimes.com.au/beyonce-pull-heated-song-lyrics-new-album-1836563?utm_source=Public&utm_medium=Feed&utm_campaign=Distribution Beyoncé releases ‘Heated’ lyrics from new album