Beyonce to remove ‘ableist’ slur in new song after receiving backlash from fans

According to Beyoncé, she will take down the ableist word that was brought up by fans in a new song from her album Renaissance.

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After receiving criticism from listeners, Beyoncé has agreed to take out a derogatory word that she used in her new album Renaissance.

The 40-year-old superstar’s long-awaited seventh album was finally released on Friday, July 29. While the album has received praise from critics all over the world, one track upset listeners due to its use of an ableist term.

The expression, which derives from the word “spastic,” is disrespectful to the disabled community, particularly those in the UK who have cerbral palsy.

Beyoncé will now change the term because it was not “used purposely in a damaging way,” according to her spokeswoman, who spoke to Sky News. The singer’s management have been approached by The Standard for additional comment.

After receiving backlash for included the same term in her song Grrrls in June, US singer Lizzo eventually re-released the song without the offending line.

Over in the UK, the word is more frequently substituted for the phrase “freaking out.” Concerns about the insult were raised by viewers on both sides of the Atlantic.

Disability advocate Hannah Diviney tweeted: “So @Beyonce used the word ‘sp**’ in her new song ‘Heated’. Feels like a slap in the face to me, the disabled community and the progress we tried to make with Lizzo.”

“Guess I’ll just keep telling the whole industry to ‘do better’ until ableist slurs disappear from music.”

Another fan wrote: “Beyoncé using a slur generally directed at disabled people in her music is very disappointing. Especially when it’s the same slur that another big artist was called out for recently using in one of their songs.”

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