Beyonce to Remove Ableist Lyrics From Renaissance Album
Beyonce to Remove Ableist Lyrics From Renaissance Album: Despite the applause, Beyoncé’s new album, Renaissance, garnered over the weekend, a faction of her fanbase has called the singer out over ableist lyrics featured in one of her tracks.
The offending track is titled Heated, and is the 11th track on the album, which features the lyrics, “Spazzin’ on that a*s, spazz on that as*.”
Spazz is a slang coined from the word “spastic” which refers to a disability that makes it difficult for people to control their muscles especially in the limbs.
Following the backlash that ensued on social media, Beyoncé’s team confirmed via a statement to Variety that the lyric will be changed.
“The word, not used intentionally in a harmful way, will be replaced,” her team said.
Beyoncé will be the second artiste to make this decision this year as popular rapper, Lizzo, was also called out in June for using the same word in her song, Grrrls.
Released on Friday, Renaissance is Beyoncé’s seventh solo studio album. With the buzz it has garnered over the weekend, the 16-tracked project is expected to top several charts by the end of the week.
- “I’m That Girl”
- “Alien Superstar”
- “Cuff It”
- “Break My Soul”
- “Church Girl”
- “Plastic Off the Sofa”
- “Virgo’s Groove”
- “All Up in Your Mind”
- “America Has a Problem”
- “Summer Renaissance”
“I hope you find joy in this music,” she told fans in the letter. “I hope it inspires you to release the wiggle. Ha! And to feel as unique, strong, and sexy as you are.”