Beyoncé is changing the lyrics to “Heated” from her latest album, RenaissanceFollowing feedback from the disabled community.
“Words not used in a deliberately harmful way will be changed,” the singer’s rep told ET on Monday.
On the song “Heated”, Beyoncé sings, “Spazin’ that a**, Spaz on that a**”, which has been labeled as able-bodied by members of the disabled community.
according to National Institute of Neurological Disorders and StrokeSpasticity is defined as “a condition in which there is an abnormal increase in muscle tone or muscle stiffness, which may interfere with movement, speech, or may be associated with discomfort or pain. Spasticity is usually spasticity of the brain. or due to damage to the nerve pathways within the spinal cord that control muscle movement.”
It continued, “It can occur with spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, stroke, brain or head trauma, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, hereditary spastic paraplegia and metabolic diseases such as adrenoleukodystrophy, phenylketonuria and Krabbe disease.”
On Monday, author and disability advocate Hannah Devine — who has cerebral palsy — wrote a piece GuardianDrawing attention to the lyrics of the song.
“Beyoncé’s commitment to storytelling both musically and visually is unparalleled, as is her power that the world is focusing on the narratives, struggles, and finely lived experience of being a black woman — a world I can only associate with as an ally.” I can understand, and no desire to overshadow,” writes Divine.
She adds, “But this is not an excuse for her to use competent language – language that is often used and all too often ignored. Language you can be sure I will never neglect , no matter who it comes from or whatever the circumstances are.”
Divine called Beyoncé six weeks after she flagged off offensive lyrics in Lizzo’s song “GRRRLS.”
“Hold my bag, b***h / Hold my bag / Do you see this s**t? / I’m a spaz / I’m gonna take someone out / Yo, where’s my best friend? / That The only one I know I have to talk to from the deep end,” Lizzo sang in the song.
Following a tweet from Divine, Lizzo apologized and announced that a new version of the song would be released.
“It has been brought to my attention that my song ‘GRRRLS’ contains a harmful word. Let me make one thing clear: I never want to promote derogatory language. As a fat black woman in America, against me There have been hurtful words used against me, so I understand that there can be power words (whether intentionally or in my case, unintentionally.)” said the “Good as Hell” singer.
She added, “I am proud to say that there is a new version of ‘GRRRLS’ with the song Parivartan. It is the result of my listening and taking action. As an influential artiste, I want to be a part of Parivartan. Dedicated. ‘Waiting to see in the world. Xoxo, Lizzo.”
Renaissance Queen Bey’s seventh studio album.
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