An official for Beyonce has confirmed that the singer will remove an ableist slur in her music Heated that she has included on her new album Renaissance.
Beyonce has been caught under criticism for using this phrase in her songs and fans calling the singer out on Twitter. The phrase is extremely insensitive to those with disabilities.
The backlash came just after Lizzo eliminated the same reference from her song and offered an apology to her fans online in June.
What did Beyonce have to say about Heated?
In her song Heated which was written by Drake, Beyonce used an insulting time period for spastic diplegia, which is a kind of cerebral palsy.
In response to the backlash from disabled people activists, activists, and charity, Beyonce has confirmed she will remove the time interval in her songs.
A marketing consultant for the artist suggested to insider: “The word, that was not intended to be used in a negative manner is going to be changed.”
The disability equality organization Scope has described the word in the Beyonce song in the lyrics as “appalling.”
But as soon as the news broke that Beyonce might be changing the lyrics, Scope spokesperson Warren Kirwan declared: “It’s good Beyonce has responded so quickly to disabled people, but she has also is referred to as a sham for this inappropriate song.
“There’s the feeling of deja vu, considering its only two weeks since Lizzo also had to release an album that included the same offensive language.
“We hope that this is the last time we’ll ever get this kind of behavior from anyone, and especially artists with a huge global impact.”
Here we are again.— Scope (@scope) August 1, 2022
Not long after ableist language from Lizzo, Beyoncé’s new album features an ableist slur not once, but twice.
Disabled people’s experiences are not fodder for song lyrics. This must stop.https://t.co/UJXrJxdtXf
What is a Slur called an ableist?
Scope defines disabledness as discrimination in favor of people who are not disabled. The article lists examples of this, such as the absence of a ramp to help the wheelchair-bound shopper to get to follow. There is also no ramp to get into a shop and make assumptions regarding what an individual can or cannot do. This also includes not making adjustments that are low-cost at work.
A slur often called a pejorative is a term used to denigrate someone typically in reference to minorities. It can also be often used to create a disdainful or disrespectful effect.
Thus an ableist slur could be an expression that is employed to refer to the disabled. While ableist slurs are used in the language of groups of people who are positive but it is harmful within the context of the disabled group. Also, it’s seen as offensive.
Lizzo makes an apology for making use of the slur
In July, Lizzo launched her album Special. One of the tracks of the collection, called Grrrls was slammed on the internet for containing an insensitive word. Lizzo apologized and then released an updated version of the song, but without the wording in the lyrics.
The Juice singer posted an announcement via social networks in which she stated that she doesn’t have any need “to encourage the use of derogatory language.”
“As a black, fat woman in America I’ve experienced many hurtful comments made against me, so I am aware of the power words have (whether deliberately or, in my instance, unintentionally),” she said.