change things. Beyoncé confirmed that she is changing a lyric in her song “Heated,” with Monica Lewinsky suggesting another change to an older track.
The vocal activist and public speaker took to Twitter on Monday, where she shared a link to an article about Beyoncé’s decision to replace a song she deemed offensive on her new album.
Lewinsky commented, “Uhmm, while we’re at it… #split.”
Lewinsky’s comment is in reference to Beyoncé’s 2014 single “Partition”, in which she refers to Lewinsky by name in relation to her infamous relationship with Bill Clinton in the mid-90s.
“Now my mascara is on, red lipstick is smudged / Oh he’s so horny, he wanna f**k / He’s popped all my buttons, and he tore my blouse / She’s wearing Monica Lewinsky on my gown.”
Back in 2014, Lewinsky spoke for the first time in years in an op-ed for Vanity Fair About how she managed to overcome the abuse and public embarrassment inflicted on her after the Clinton scandal. In the article, she addressed the “split” and suggested a change to the song: “Thanks, Beyoncé, but if we’re verbose, I guess you meant ‘Bill Clinton’ on my gown,’ Monica Lewinsky. ‘ No. .'”
On Monday, a Twitter user asked Lewinsky if she would ever actually reach out to Beyoncé or her reps about the song.
“No, I haven’t. I mentioned it in the first Vanity Fair article I wrote in 2014… which was the first public talk I did in 10 years. But you make an interesting/fair point…” Lewinsky replied.
As far as Beyoncé’s change to “Heated” is concerned, it comes in the wake of the disabled community’s reaction to the use of the word “Spaz”.
In 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.
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 that I can only associate with a colleague.” I can understand the form, 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.”
“Words not used in a deliberately harmful manner will be changed,” a Beyoncé representative told ET on Monday.
Divine called Beyoncé six weeks after she flagged off offensive lyrics in Lizzo’s song “GRRRLS.”
Following a tweet from Divine, Lizzo apologized and announced that a new version of the song would be released.
Renaissance, released last week, Beyoncé’s seventh studio album.
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