Beyonce’s album “Renaissance” still has the internet buzzing … but this time not in a good way.
Just a few days after it’s release, the Grammy-Award winner is facing some backlash about her song “heated” prompting her to change a lyric.
The 11th track contained the word “spaz,” an ableist slur against people with disabilities.
Lizzo received backlash for the same word after initially including it in her single “Grrrls,” which was released in June. After fans pointed out that the word originates from “spastic,” the artist changed the lyrics.
“Someone who is spastic is born with a disability which makes it difficult for them to control their muscles, especially in their arms and legs,” according to Collins Dictionary. “Most people now refer to someone with this disability as having cerebral palsy.”
Some also noted that the term has a different meaning in the Black community, commonly used to mean “go crazy” in African American English, or African American Vernacular English (AAVE).
“We’ve been over this, Spaz in AAVE is not the same word,” one person tweeted. “Please educate yourself on our language the way we’ve been ‘encouraged’ to read up on ableist terms.”
Similarly, in response to the Lizzo discussion in June, another person tweeted: “This honestly feels like a case of misunderstood AAVE bc ‘Imma spaz out’ goes back to the 90s and I’ve never known it to be tied to a medical condition. Not to say that it’s not problematic. There’s been many times where black ppl have transformed words to mean what we want.”
A representative for Beyoncé said in a statement that “the word, not used intentionally in a harmful way, will be replaced.”
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