You won’t break Beyonce’s soul, but she just shattered the souls and hearts of many.
The Queen Bee has the internet abuzz and not for good reason.
The songstress released her seventh-studio album, “Renaissance,” on July 29.
Renaissance Is Out & Already Getting Backlash
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While millions were over the moon happy about the album’s release and had it on non-stop, there are many who are very upset over one song and its lyrics in particular.
Beyonce’s song “Heated” indeed has a lot of fans and even a charity heated.
The lyrics include an ableist slur, “spaz”, which is something Lizzo came under fire for using a few weeks ago.
Lizzo & Beyonce Called Out For Using Ableist Slur
An “ableist slur” is defined as “treating people unfairly because they have a disability,” according to the Cambridge Dictionary.
Beyonce sings, “S**zin on that a**, s**z on that a**.”
“S**z” is an iteration of the term “spastic,” and means to “freak out” or “go crazy” in the US. The term has been used to describe people with disabilities, especially cerebral palsy.
Bey’s team issued a statement explaining they would be taking action to change the lyrics.
“The word, not used intentionally in a harmful manner, will be replaced in the lyrics,” the statement read.
Beyonce Will Replace The Lyrics, But No Apology Was Issued
However, this simply didn’t suffice with fans or Scope, a charity whose mission is “Equality for disabled people.”
Scope’s Media Manager, Warren Kirwan, released a statement which read, “It’s appalling that one of the world’s biggest stars has chosen to include this deeply offensive term.”
Kirwan’s statement continued, “Just weeks ago, Lizzo received a huge backlash from fans who felt hurt and let down after she used the same abhorrent language. Thankfully she did the right thing and re-recorded the song. It’s hard to believe that could have gone unnoticed by Beyoncé’s team.”
Fans & A Charity Go Off On Beyonce
Many on Twitter agreed that it was wrong for the term to be used and Beyonce’s lack of apology.
“It’s very hard to believe neither Beyoncé nor anyone in her team didn’t recognize the ableist slur when Lizzo very publicly made the same mistake a month ago (and graciously corrected it). Exhausting,” one person tweeted.
Another tweeted, “It is kind of disheartening to see people on Twitter saying Beyoncé and Lizzo shouldn’t have removed the slur from their songs because they don’t think it’s a slur when disabled people have to fight tooth and nail for the most basic of human decency and respect tbh.”
Scope tweeted, “Here we are again. Not long after ableist language from Lizzo, Beyonce’s new album features an ableist slur not once, but twice. Disabled people’s experiences are not fodder for song lyrics. This has to stop.”
Beyonce has not issued anything on her social media in response to the public outcry.
The Blast previously reported on Lizzo’s use of the same ableist slur in her song “Grrrls.”
Last month, Lizzo issued an apology in which she said, “It’s been brought to my attention that there is a harmful word in my new song ‘GRRRLS.’ Let me make one thing clear: I never want to promote derogatory language. As a fat black woman in America, I’ve had many hurtful words used against me so I overstand the power words can have (whether intentionally or in my case, unintentionally).”
Lizzo went ahead and changed the lyrics to omit the use of “s**z.”
“I’m proud to say there’s a new version of GRRRLS with a lyric change. This is the result of m e listening and taking action,” her statement continued. “As an influential artist I’m dedicated to being part of the change I’ve been waiting to see in the world. Xoxo, Lizzo.”