Beyoncé is planning to change a Renaissance lyric that contains an ableist slur.

 Beyoncé is planning to change a Renaissance lyric that contains an ableist slur.

Beyoncé Beyoncé is planning to change a Renaissance lyric that contains an ableist slur.

Beyoncé has confirmed that she will remove an offensive term for disabled people from the lyrics of her new album, Renaissance, after disability charities and activists labeled it "ableist" and "offensive."

Beyoncé used a derogatory term for spastic diplegia, a type of cerebral palsy, in her song Heated, which she co-wrote with Canadian rapper Drake. The lyric will be changed, according to a representative for the musician. "The word, which was not used maliciously," the statement said, "will be replaced."

Lizzo, a US musician, was also called out in June for using the same term in her song Grrrls from her new album Special. Following a backlash, Lizzo apologized and replaced the lyric, saying she never intended to "promote derogatory language" and adding, "As a fat Black woman in America, I have had many hurtful words used against me, so I understand the power words can have (whether intentionally, or in my case, unintentionally.)"

The term in question is widely considered offensive in the United Kingdom. It came in second place in a BBC poll of the most offensive terms in the UK relating to anyone with a disability in 2003. However, it is still more commonly used in the United States.

Hannah Diviney, an Australian writer and disability advocate, was among the first to criticize Lizzo, and her tweet quickly went viral. Diviney lamented seeing the same situation play out again so soon in a piece published in the Guardian on Monday. "I thought we'd changed the music industry and kicked off a global conversation about why ableist language, intentional or not, has no place in music," Diviney wrote. "But I guess I was mistaken." Diviney wrote that Beyoncé's commitment to musical and visual storytelling did not "explain her use of ableist language - language that gets used and ignored all too often." "Language is something I will never ignore, no matter who says it or what the circumstances are." The UK disability charity Sense initially tweeted about Beyoncé's Heated, saying it was "disappointing that another artist is using an offensive term in their song so soon after it was pointed out how hurtful the word is," and calling for "more education to improve disability awareness."

They praised her later for agreeing to change the lyric. "Beyoncé has a history of advocating for inclusivity, and we're pleased that she listened to feedback and agreed to re-record the lyric that many disabled people find offensive." We acknowledge that the word was not used maliciously, but words have power and can reinforce negative attitudes that marginalized groups face.

"We'd like to thank Beyoncé for listening and look forward to enjoying the record."

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