By | August 2, 2022

Beyonce is changing her Renaissance lyrics that contain an ableist Slur

Beyonce is announced that she’ll remove an offensive phrase for people with disabilities from her lyrics for her forthcoming record, Renaissance, following its being branded “ableist” and “offensive” by disability groups and activists.

In the song “Heated,” co-written by Canadian rapper Drake, Beyonce employed a sexist term to describe spastic diplegia, which is a type caused by cerebral palsy. A representative of the artist informed Insider that the lyrics would be modified. “The word, not used intentionally in a harmful way, will be replaced,” the statement stated.

In June, US artist Lizzo has been accused of making use of the same phrase in her song Grrrls from her upcoming album Special. After a swift backlash Lizzo apologized and changed the lyric, explaining that she was never averse to “promote derogatory language” and added: “As a fat Black woman in America I’ve had numerous hurtful words hurled at me and therefore I know the power words have (whether deliberately or, as in my situation, inadvertently. )”

In the UK the word used is considered offensive. It was in 2003 that it was ranked 2nd in an BBC study of the offensive terms in the UK in relation to those who have an impairment. In the US however, it is as a more frequent use.

Australian author and advocate for disabled people Hannah Diviney was among the first to speak out against Lizzo out, and her tweet becoming viral. In The Guardian this morning, Diviney regretted seeing the same scenario happening repeatedly so quickly. “I thought we’d changed the music industry and started a global conversation about why ableist language – intentional or not – has no place in music,” wrote Diviney. “But I guess I was wrong.”

Beyonce’s devotion to musical and visual storytelling didn’t “excuse her use of ableist language – language that gets used and ignored all too often” she wrote Diviney. “Language you can be sure I will never ignore, no matter who it comes from or what the circumstances are.”

It was UK disability organization Sense first tweeted about Beyonce’s Heated the song that the song is “disappointing that another artist is using an offensive term in their song so soon after it was pointed out how hurtful the word is” and demanded “more education to improve awareness of disability”.

Then they thanked her for her decision to alter the lyrics. “Beyonce has a long history of advocating for inclusion, and we’re pleased that she’s listened to the feedback and has agreed to change the lyrics that some disabled people find offensive. We recognize that the term was not deliberately intended to cause harm, however, words do have power and could reinforce the negative perceptions marginalized groups have to face.

“We want to thank Beyonce for listening and look forward to getting on with enjoying the record.”

… we’ve got an opportunity to request a favor. Millions of readers are turning to Guardian for honest and independent daily news, and readers across 180 countries across the globe currently support us financially.We believe that everyone should have access to information that is rooted in truth and science, and analysis that is based on the authority and integrity. We made the decision to make our content available to everyone regardless of their location or the amount they are able to spend. This allows more people to be more educated and inspired to take actions.

In these turbulent times, an honest world-wide news outlet such as the Guardian is vital. There are no shareholders nor a billionaire owners, so that our reporting is not influenced by any political or commercial influence and makes us stand out. In a time when it’s never been so vital, our independence enables us to investigate without fear the truth, and expose the power brokers.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.