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Experts say using ‘spaz’ in lyrics is objectionable – Billboard

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Editor’s Note: The following story contains multiple uses of the word “spaz,” which may be offensive to some readers.

Both Beyoncé and Lizzo have recently been called out for using the fabled word “spaz” on album tracks. And, to their credit, both women reacted quickly to the response, with Lizzo swiftly removing the offensive word in early June. Specific The song “Grrls” after it was called out by disability advocate and writer Hannah Devinee, which also took Bey to task for using the same words over and over in late July. Renaissance Track “Hot.”

In both cases, the explicit intent was to refer to someone who appears to be out of control/not able to control their actions, employing it as a colloquialism that has long been used as a playground. used as. However, this is not how people with disabilities see it, so Board Reached out to a writer who saw the damaging deployment of the word in his writing and a college professor who specializes in disability culture and identity issues, to understand why Bey and Lizzo’s lyrics hit such a harsh note. .

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Jessica Ping states, “The word ‘spaz’ is a direct derivative of ‘spastic,’ which is used to describe a medical condition … and when people use that term it is always in relation to these medical conditions.” even if the intention is not offensive.” —Wild, a disabled producer and advocate who recently written Explainer story “Ablist Language to Avoid and Acceptable Alternatives – Spaz Edition.”

Although the origin of the term is in reference to a medical condition (short for “spastic”), Ping-Wild points out that the way in which it has been used in casual conversation (and lyrics) over time, is a derogatory term meaning The purpose is not to describe anyone. Control over their body/emotions. “It is used to refer to how people hold themselves or behave or how they cannot control their movements or movements,” she says. “If you call someone ‘Spaz,’ it is known that it is associated with their ability or functionality or ‘normalcy’ in the setting.”

Advocates were quick to call out Lizzo and Bey for the inclusion of the offensive word, but this is the first time it has been used in recent hip-hop or pop songs. G Perico and Ramble released a song called “Spaz” in 2021, while Lil Baby included a track by the same name on their 2018 release harder than everAs did Lil Durk (at 2018’s.) STTS III) and Lecria, who in his 2012 . included the song church clothes mixtape

Key Glock dropped “Spazin’ Out” in 2019 and Kid Cudi added the song “Cuddy Spazin'” to their 2008 album. a child named kudi album on a song produced by the Neptunes; Other acts that used the word in the song include Method Man (“Spazola”), T.I. (“Spazzing Out”), Lady Leshur (“Spazing”), Fredo Santana (“Spazing Out”), Grandmaster Flash and the Furious 5. Are included. (“Spaz Out 2”), sidewalk singer Stephen Malkmus’s band The Jicks (“Spaz”), Waka Flocka Flame (“Spaz Out”), Yo Gotti (“Spaz Out (Intro)”), Riff Raff (with Travis Barker) with) ) (“Spaz Out”) as well as several artists who have used the term as a stage name (Spazzy D, Lil Spaz, Spaz and Spazkid).

“When I first read about it I attributed it to cruelty more or less to the power of the word and to ignorance about the stigma,” says University of California San Diego communications professor David Serlin. Not having an excuse to use a potentially offensive word, Cerlin wonders if the stars with Bey or Lizzo’s reach didn’t have anyone on their team who could watch their lyrics for any potential issues like this. is, to further compound his inclusion of “ignorance about his own power.” “Unlike someone like Eminem, who deliberately uses language to stigmatize and hurt people,” he says of the rapper. She has often used homophobic and anti-feminist lyrics in her music, noting that it is possible that neither woman was aware of the word’s history and its contemporary significance.

“You would expect these incredibly strong, black feminist figures to be aware of the complexity of language – something we all wish had happened because of their social power and their influence in the market – but even… That smart, sensible, sophisticated women are even more empowered because they can still use the slang they are importing into their music with a history they were not aware of,” he says.

In contrast to words like “queer,” “dyke” or “creep”—which Serlin notes have historically been reclaimed by marginalized LGBTQ and disability communities and are now in more general colloquialism—in an emphatic way They haven’t retrieved “Spaz”. Any sweeping fashion to date.

Ping-Wild says that when someone with an adequate platform like Lizzo uses it in a casual way, it can make others feel like they don’t need to be careful with their language. “But the more disappointing thing is that Beyoncé is using it two months later… the same situation months later is a slap in the face to a lot of people in the community,” she says.

a few days later RenaissanceAfter the release of Beyoncé, a spokesperson for Beyoncé released a statement on Monday (August 1), saying that “this term, which is not used in a deliberately harmful manner, will be changed.”

In her article, Ping-Wild, an American who lives in London, includes a Dictionary.com definition that reads “to move in a strange or clumsy way” or, in the use of the verb, “to move in a strange or clumsy way”. (usually followed by) out)… to be furious more than the situation warrants (usually followed by) out..twitch” as a means of showing how the term has been deployed in a derogatory manner over the years. She also points out that in the UK the term “hits more aggressively”.

“I grew up using the word on the playground and not much has changed over the past 30 years, but since I’ve learned it’s a capable word, I’ve tried to remove it from my language,” Says 25 – Born with a very rare genetic condition called Child’s syndrome, which resulted in the amputation of her left leg and a small arm. “The difference between the US and the UK is that it is treated on the same level of inappropriate here as the ‘R-word’,” she says. “While it is used more casually in the US, it is not far from the derogatory connotation, even if the intent is not to offend.”



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