Queen Bey received harsh criticism only days after music fans delved into the Grammy Award-winning artist’s latest album, “Renaissance,” which houses the track “Heated.” The song is being chastised for using the disparaging term “spaz,” which is a derived from “spastic,” which describes the medical condition spastic cerebral palsy.
In a statement to CNN, the singer’s representatives assured that “the word, not used intentionally in a harmful way, will be replaced.” However, details about the exact time of change were not disclosed.
Bey’s criticism follows that of fellow musician Lizzo, who was heaviily chastised months ago for using the same term in her recent single, “Grrls.” The ‘Truth Hurts’ rapper took to social media to explain her lack of awareness in using the term and subsequently released an updated version of the track without the derogatory term.
“It’s been brought to my attention that there is a harmful word in my new song ‘GRRRLS.’ Let me make one thing clear: I never want to promote derogatory language,” Lizzo wrote on IG. “As a fat black woman in America, I’ve had many hateful words used against me so I understand the power words can have (whether intentionally or in my case unintentionally). I’m proud to say there’s a new version of GRRRLS with a lyric change.”
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