A song from Beyoncé’s recently released album has caused an uproar among disability campaigners.
The song, Heated, contained a term that is often used to belittle people with spastic cerebral palsy.
Although the American singer’s publicist confirmed that the word “will be replaced in the lyrics”, he told the BBC the word, which can have different connotations in the United States, was “not used intentionally in a harmful way”.
The publicist didn’t give a time as to when the song will be re-recorded.
Just recently, fellow American singer Lizzo was forced to apologise for using the same word in one of her songs.
Only a few days after her song GRRRLS was released, the singer apologised for using the lyric and confirmed that she is going to re-record the entire song to replace the word.
“Let me make one thing clear: I never want to promote derogatory language. As a fat black woman in America, I’ve had many hurtful words used against me so I understand the power words can have (whether intentionally or in my case, unintentionally).”
The BBC reports that despite the controversy, Beyoncé’s seventh studio album, Renaissance, is expected to top the charts around the world this week. In the UK, it is currently outselling the rest of the top five combined. The lead single, Break My Soul, is also expected to top the charts.
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