Award-winning artist Beyoncé recently experienced internet controversy following the release of her new album Renaissance.
As a result, in order to honor disability activists, the mother of three had to delete the ableist slur she used twice at the conclusion of the song titled Heated.
Co-written by rapper Drake, ‘Heated’ applied a demeaning term for spastic diplegia.
Spastic diplegia is a type of cerebral palsy (CP) that is a chronic neuromuscular disorder characterized by hypertonia and spasticity in the muscles of the lower extremities of the human body, most often those of the legs, hips, and pelvis.
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“The word, not used intentionally in a harmful manner, will be replaced in the lyrics,” stated Beyonce’s publicist on Monday, June 1.
According to BBC news, Beyoncé now sings “blast” instead of the controversial “s-word.”
Aside from that, the artist made a reference to the hit song Milkshake without its owners’ permission and had to remove it as well.
The Milkshake hook “la la la” was first used in the background of Beyoncé’s song Energy.
Kelis, the owner, called the move “disrespectful” and said her mind was “blown.”
“It’s not hard. She can contact me, right? “It’s common decency,” said Kelly on Instagram.
The adjustments hit streaming platforms including Spotify, Tidal, and Apple late Tuesday night, barely five days after the release of Renaissance.
Tidal later replaced Energy with a version that just had Beyoncé singing “la la la,” with the rest of the music staying silent.
This comes only weeks after American pop star Lizzo apologized publicly for using the same derogatory slur in her song GRRRLS.
The singer, like Beyoncé, had to rewrite the lyrics, with identical claims of not realizing the phrases were objectionable.
Beyoncé released her solo album in six years, Renaissance, on July 29.
She changed her bio on social media accounts to read “act I RENAISSANCE, 7.29,” confirming the rumors.
The 40-year-old earlier took down her profile photos from all of her social media platforms, including Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube, fueling speculation that she will soon release an album.
Spotify, YouTube, Apple Music, and other music sites confirmed the news with a photo of the singer’s bio. “The countdown has officially begun,” Spotify wrote in a tweet. “Beyoncé will be back on July 29th for #RENAISSANCE.”