Beyoncé is set to remove an offensive album lyric from her new album ‘Renaissance’.
Despite the applause generated over the new album, a faction of her fans have backlashed her for using an ableist term in one of the tracks.
Heated, the 11th track on the album featured the lyrics, “Spazzin’ on that a*s, spazz on that as*.”
Glamsquad noted that Spazz is a slang coined from the word “spastic” used colloquially in the United States with a similar meaning to “freak out” or “go crazy” however, is used medically to describe the spasms one might experience from a condition like cerebral palsy. It is often used in a derogative manner to describe those with disabilities, especially cerebral palsy
Following the backlash, Beyoncé’s publicist told Sky News that the lyric is now set to be replaced and that it was not “used intentionally in a harmful way.”
Beyoncé will be the second artiste to make this decision this year after the famous rapper, Lizzo, was also called out in June for using the same word in her song, Grrrls.
Following criticism of her single, Lizzo responded in a statement posted to her social media pages. She said,
“Let me make one thing clear: I never want to promote derogatory language. As a fat black woman in America, I’ve had many hurtful words used against me so I overstand [sic] the power words can have (whether intentionally or in my case, unintentionally).”
Renaissance which was released on Friday, 29th July is Beyoncé’s seventh solo studio album.