Beyoncé criticizes the use of an offensive word on her album “Renaissance”

ROBYN BECK / AFP (FILES) In this file photo taken on July 9, 2019 US singer/songwriter Beyonce arrives for the world premiere of Disney’s “The Lion King” at the Dolby theater in Hollywood. – Beyonce, the paradigm-shifting music royal whose artistry has long established her as one of entertainment’s seminal stars, on Friday released her long-awaited album “Renaissance,” a house-tinged dance record set for in its summer needle drop. Six years after she shook up the culture with her powerful visual album “Lemonade,” Beyonce’s seventh solo studio effort is a pulse-pounding, sweaty collection of club tracks aimed at liberating a world used to boredom. (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP)


Beyoncé, here in 2019, has just released her album “Renaissance”.

MUSIC – Beyoncé is panned by critics. Despite a triumphant return on Friday July 30 with his album Renaissanceone of the titles of his album written with the rapper Drake was criticized for containing the term “spaz” (“cretin”, in French), extremely offensive for people with disabilities.

This word, used in the song Warmed up, means spastic diplegia, a type of infantile cerebral palsy, which is also used to describe someone who is crazy in English. These lyrics “like a slap in the face”disabled activist Hannan Diviney reacted to the BBC, which also publishes a column on The Guardian.

“I’m tired and disappointed that we’re still having this conversation, after getting a meaningful and progressive response from Lizzo”, he continued on the BBC. A reference to the American singer Lizzo, whose song GRRRLS criticized for the same reasons.

“Hi Lizzo, my disability, cerebral palsy, is literally categorized as spastic diplegia (where spasticity means permanent painful tension in my legs). Spaz’ does not mean ‘scared’ or ‘crazy’. It’s an insult. Here we are in 2022. We have to do better”, wrote on Twitter Hannah Diviney, directly challenging the star. Later changed the lyrics, while making sure that he had ” never want to promote offensive language.”

Fans are calling for the vilified term to be removed

The English presenter Nikki Fox, herself disabled, also expressed her anger at the BBC after the release of Beyoncé’s title: “If you think about how many people worked on this song, and none of them were like, ‘Wait a minute. No one knew all the fuss and turmoil around Lizzo when she used the same word… So disappointing. »

On Twitter, there are also a lot of fan posts, as you can see in the tweets below.

“Beyoncé and Drake please remove the word ‘Spaz’ from your song ‘Heated’. People with disabilities are hurt and you need to know that. It is not your word to use. Please show some respect and change it. Thank you. »

“That’s why Beyoncé used the word ‘spaz’ in her new song Heated. It’s like a slap in the face to me, the disability community, and the progress we’re trying to make with Lizzo. Guess I’ll keep telling the whole industry to ‘do better’ until the ability to slurs is removed from music.”

“Hey Beyoncé using the word ‘spaz’ or ‘spazzin’ in Heated is not cool! Ask Lizzo! It’s like a slap in the face to the disabled community. »

“After Lizzo screamed with the word ‘sp@z’, I can’t believe no one on Beyoncé’s team knows how hurtful the word is to the majority of the disability community. . Who is one of the 11 writers and 10 producers of Heated? »

And those voices have been heard. After publication in the tribune of Guardian and the many reactions on social media, a spokesperson for Beyoncé announced that the lyrics will be changed. ” The word, which is not intended to be used in a harmful way, will be replaced “, assures a press release sent this Monday, August 1 to the American media different.

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