The seventh studio album by Beyoncé, “Renaissance,” was released on July 29 to great praise, although one of the songs, “Heated,” had a line that offended many fans on social media. The word “spaz” is used in the song at the line, “Spazzin’ on that ass, spazz on that ass,” by Beyonce.
Spasticity is a term used in medicine to describe a condition that makes it difficult for patients to control their muscles, particularly in their arms and legs. The lyric will be changed, the singer’s camp told AccurateGist.
Beyoncé to Remove Offensive ‘Renaissance’ Lyric After Ableist Backlash
The word, which was not used maliciously, will be changed, according to a statement from Beyoncé’s team.
The song’s lyric drew criticism for being ableist and offensive on social media, and it even served as the inspiration for an essay by Hannah Diviney that was published in The Guardian. Diviney said of Beyoncé, “Her commitment to storytelling musically and visually is unparalleled, as is her power to have the world paying attention to the narratives, struggles, and nuanced lived experience of being a Black woman… However, that doesn’t justify her ableist words.
Following Lizzo’s decision to do the same, Beyoncé has decided to take the ableist phrase out of the song. The phrase was utilized by Lizzo in her song “Grrrls” off of her most recent album, “Special.” “Hold my bag, bitch, hold my bag/ Do you see this shit?” Lizzo crooned in the song’s original version. I’m an idiot. Lizzo may be heard singing, “Hold my bag, bitch, Hold my bag/ Do you see this shit? ” in the song’s new rendition. Keep me in check.
Lizzo stated as much on social media when she announced the lyric modification, “Let’s make one thing clear: I never want to promote disparaging language. The performer continued by saying she was “proud” of herself for “listening and taking action.”
The outcry over the obscene phrase is by no means the only problem Beyoncé has encountered since the release of “Renaissance.” Two days before the album’s scheduled release, it leaked online, and artist Kelis blasted Beyoncé for stealing her 2003 song “Milkshake” without her permission.
It’s stealing, not a collaboration, according to Kelis. It is unclear that Beyoncé’s team was contractually compelled to notify Kelis of the sample as the singer is not listed as a credited songwriter on “Milkshake.”
Renaissance is currently available for streaming and for purchase.