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Beyoncé, here in 2019, released her album “Renaissance.”
Music – Beyoncé is under fire from critics. Despite his triumphant return on Friday 30 July with his album New birthone of the titles of his album he wrote with rapper Drake has been criticized for containing the term “spaz” (“cretine”, in French), very offensive to people with disabilities.
This is the word used in the song hot, stands for spastic hemiplegia, a form of infantile cerebral palsy, and is also used to describe someone as stupid in English. those words ‘Like a slap in the face’responded to BBC activist for people with disabilities Hanan Devine, who also published a column in Watchman.
“I am tired and frustrated that we are still having this conversation, after receiving a meaningful and progressive response from Lizzo”Connect on the BBC. A reference to the American singer Lizzo who sang it GRRRLS It was criticized for the same reasons.
hi lizzo my disability cerebral palsy is literally classified as spastic hemiplegia (spasticity stands for une… https://t.co/srFT5uRVPh
– Hannah Divine (@hannah_diviney)
“Hi Lizzo, my disability, cerebral palsy, is literally classified as spastic hemiplegia (where spasticity refers to a constant painful tension in my leg). Spaz doesn’t mean ‘weird’ or ‘crazy’. It’s an insult. We’re in 2022. We have to. what is the best “Hannah Diviney wrote on Twitter, directly challenging the star. The latter modified the lyrics, making sure that they ” She never wanted to promote pejorative language.”
Fans are calling for the malicious term to be removed
English presenter Nikki Fox, who herself is a disabled person, also expressed her anger at the BBC after the release of Beyoncé’s headline: “When you think about how many people have worked on this song, and none of them were like, ‘Wait a minute. No one was aware of all the hustle and bustle around Lizzo when I used the same word… It’s very disappointing.'”
On Twitter, fan posts are plentiful too, as you can see in the tweets below.
BeyonceBeyonce and Drake Please remove the word “Spaz” from your song “Heated”. It hurts for people who have… https://t.co/NWZZGL2O4B
Beyoncé and Drake Please remove the word ‘Spaz’ from your song ‘Heated’. It hurts people with disabilities and you should know that. It’s not your word to use. Please show some respect and change it. Thanks. »
POTUS So Beyoncé used the word “spaz” in her new song “Heated”. Sounds like a slap in the face, c… https://t.co/REP4NiiOxz
– Botto (@ev1l_gamer)
“So Beyoncé used the word ‘spaz’ in her new song Heated. It’s like a slap in the face, for the disability community, and for the progress we’re trying to make with Lizzo. I think I’m going to keep telling the entire industry to ‘do better’ until the slanders of ability are gone from the music.”
Hey Beyonce, using the word “spaz” or “spazzin” in #Heated is not cool! Ask Lizzo! This sounds like a slap in the… https://t.co/vkmm8WUuJE
– Alicia Jarvis (He/She/Ele) 🇨🇦🇺🇦🌻 (@A11yAlicia)
“Hey Beyoncé, using the word ‘spaz’ or ‘spazin’ in Heated isn’t cool! Ask Lizzo! It’s like a slap in the face for the disability community.”
After protesting from Lizzo using the word “sp@z”, I can’t believe no one on Beyoncé’s team knew how… https://t.co/HzH3TNH0RN
– Callum Stephen (He/He) (@AutisticCallum_)
After Lizzo yelled at ‘sp@z’, I can’t believe no one on Beyoncé’s team knew how much damage that word was causing to so many in the disability community. Surely one of Heated’s 11 writers and 10 producers knew? » So far, the RnB star has not responded to the criticism.
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