LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 27: In this handout photo provided by A.M.P.A.S., Beyoncé performs during the ABC telecast of the 94th Oscars® on Sunday, March 27, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mason Poole/A.M.P.A.S. via Getty Images)
- Beyonce will change a lyric on her song Heated from her new album Renaissance.
- It is the same word Lizzo had to change recently in one of her songs.
- A rep for Beyonce said the word was not used intentionally in a harmful way.
- The word ‘spaz’ has been used to refer in a derogatory way to people with disabilities, particularly those with cerebral palsy.
- The word also has another meaning ‘go crazy’ or ‘fight’
- Were you aware the word was offensive?
- Beyoncé’s new song “Heated” contains what some believe is an obscene phrase. The song is on the artist’s new album, Renaissance.
- Social media users have protested the song’s ableist outro. “Sp***in’ on that ass, sp** on that ass,” read the lyrics.
- The term, derived from “spastic,” is more insulting in the UK than in the US, where it means “freaking out.”
- Lizzo used the same ableist slur in June. She re-edited the song after internet criticism and said she “never wants to encourage discriminatory words.”
- Do you think Beyoncé should edit the word out?