Glitter Magazine | Beyoncé removed an ability slur from her new album

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On Monday, August 1, Beyoncé announced that she would be changing the lyrics to her song, “Heated,” to eliminate a term that may be considered disrespectful to people with disabilities.

Beyoncé just released her new album, Renaissance, end of July. As the first album since 2016, the new album has delighted fans. People took to social media to congratulate her and praise her music. However, the conversation quickly changed when the lyrics “Sp*zzin’ on the a**, sp*z on the a**” from his song, “Heated”, caught people’s attention. The term “sp*z” quickly drew criticism on Twitter for having negative connotations for people with disabilities.

Although the word “sp*z” is frequently used to mean “panic” or “crazy”, its root is considered harmful and disrespectful to people with disabilities. The term comes from the word “spastic,” which refers to spastic cerebral palsy, a condition that impairs a person’s ability to regulate their muscles. some fans Argue that “sp*z” has its own meaning in African American English, but it should be noted that in the UK and Australia it has a deeply rooted meaning the story as an insult and is very offensive.

In response to internet criticism, on August 1, Beyoncé’s publicists said NPR“the word, not intentionally used in a harmful way, will be replaced.”

However, this isn’t the first time the term “sp*z” has sparked discussion among people. In June, Lizzo also came under fire for using the term. In her song “GRRRLS”, she also used the word by mistake. Lizzo responded on her social media, offering a heartfelt apology to people who felt wronged. She wrote“I never want to promote derogatory language. As a fat black woman in America, I’ve had a lot of hurtful words used against me, so I understand the power that words can have.

Both Beyoncé and Lizzo are amazing black artists who have presented us with a myriad of excellent works. As members of minorities, they understand the importance of diversity and respect. An user wrote on her Twitter, “Beyoncé has been inclusive her entire career.” Beyoncé is one of the pioneers in the use of disabled models in fashion advertisements. She even helped the first disabled, transgender and black model, Aaron Philip, to enter the industry.

Fans took to Twitter to support Beyoncé and Lizzo’s decision to own up to their mistakes and change the lyrics.

Like a report by The Guardian suggested, although the entertainment world and industry are becoming more inclusive, ableism is still severe. Hopefully more celebrities will learn from Beyoncé and Lizzo, noticing the potential offense people with disabilities could experience and promoting inclusion.

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