Beyoncé recently released her seventh studio album after six years. While most of the fans liked the songs, there were few who questioned Renaissance lyrics. And the Grammy winner will change a line in a song featured on Renaissance. Beyonce’s latest album is her first solo studio album since 2016. Meanwhile, the backlash was fueled over lyrics called ableist by a disability advocate.
Beyonce sings in the Renaissance song Heated, ’Spazzin’ on that a** spazz on that a**,’ which has been labelled as ableist by members of the disabled community. For many in the medical field, ‘spastic’ refers to a disability that makes it difficult for people to control their muscles, especially in their arms and legs. However, the representatives of Beyonce recently shared that the lyrics will be changed saying, “The word, not used intentionally in a harmful way, will be replaced.”
Previously, writer and disability advocate Hannah Diviney, who has cerebral palsy, wrote an article for The Guardian, calling attention to the lyrics. Diviney wrote, “Beyoncé’s commitment to storytelling musically and visually is unparalleled, as is her power to have the world paying attention to the narratives, struggles and nuanced lived experience of being a black woman, a world I can only ever understand as an ally and have no desire to overshadow.”
The advocate continues, “But that doesn’t excuse her use of ableist language, language that gets used and ignored all too often. The language you can be sure I will never ignore, no matter who it comes from or what the circumstances are.” However, Beyonce is not the only one who faced backlash to use ‘spazz’ in the lyrics. A few weeks back, Lizzo also included the same word in her latest song ‘GRRRLS.’ After getting backlash on social media, the singer also had to change the lyrics.
Despite the controversy, Beyoncé’s albums continue to be success stories. Moreover, Beyoncé’s Renaissance album became Spotify’s most-streamed album in a single day by a female artist in 2022 so far, despite being leaked online a few days prior to release. A few of the tracks from her album leaked online just two days before its release. Songs titled ‘Alien Superstar,’ ‘Church Girl’ and ‘Cuff It,’ all from Beyoncé’s previously teased tracklist, began to make their rounds on social media, leaving loyal fans angry.