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Beyoncé to re-record offensive Renaissance lyric

Update : 02 Aug 2022, 09:53

American singer-songwriter Beyoncé will rerecord a new track after facing criticism from disability campaigners for her song 'Heated' of her latest album 'Renaissance'. 

The derogatory term which is used to demean people with spastic cerebral palsy occurs twice in the song 'Heated', co-written by Canadian rapper Drake.

The term is sometimes used to refer to individuals with cerebral palsy, a condition which affects sufferers’ muscle co-ordination.

The 40 year old faced a backlash for the inclusion of an ableist slur used twice towards the end of the song 'Heated'.

This comes just weeks after singer Lizzo apologised for using the same word on her song Grrrls - and had her track re-recorded.

When fans heard Beyoncé’s song on Friday, it felt “like a slap in the face,” according to disability advocate Hannah Diviney. “I’m tired and frustrated that we’re having this conversation again so soon after we got such a meaningful and progressive response from Lizzo,” she said. Scope, a disability charity, also requested that Beyoncé re-record the song without the slur.

 

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