Beyoncé removes an offensive term for disabled people from a new song on her album Renaissance, just weeks after rapper Lizzo also changed the lyrics to remove the same word.
“The word that is not intentionally used in a harmful manner will be substituted,” a spokeswoman for Beyoncé wrote in a statement to The Associated Press Monday.
The song “Heated,” which was co-written with Canadian rapper Drake, uses the word “spaz,” which is considered a derogatory allusion to the medical term spastic diplegia, a form of cerebral palsy.
Lizzo also removed the word from one of her songs, “Grrrls,” in June after disability advocates complained about the lyrics. Lizzo said in a statement she never intended to encourage the derogatory language.
Hannah Diviney, the disability advocate who pointed to Lizzo’s writings that led to the change, wrote on Twitter that I, the disability community, felt like a slap in the face to hear the word Beyoncé used again & the progress we’ve tried to make with Lizzo.”
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