Beyonce is one of the world's top-selling music artists, having sold more than 120 million records as a solo artist by 2010. The singer and songwriter released her seventh studio album, Renaissance, on June 15th, which was praised by fans. Now, Beyonce is being chastised for using an ableist slur in a song from her new album.
Beyonce was chastised for using an ableist slur in her Renaissance song, Heated, just months after Lizzo was chastised for using the term in her song GRRRLS. In this fresh controversy, Beyonce sings in her song, Spazzin on that ass, spaz on that ass.
Whiskey till Im tipsy, glitter on my kitty (Ooh)Cool it down, down, my prettyBad, bad bitchy make the bad bitch glitchyFine, fine, fine, fine, fineSpazzin on that ass, girl, I need my glassFan me off, watch my wrist go clickDimples on my hip, stretch marks on my titsFan me quick, girl, I need my glassFan me off, my wrist goes clickD
The term spastic derives from the word spastic. It is often used arbitraryly to refer to people with disabilities, particularly those with cerebral palsy. After Lizzo's own controversy, disability advocate Hannah Diviney told the BBC that the song feels like a slap in the face.
Im so irritated and enraged that we had to repeat this conversation so soon after receiving such a positive and progressive response from Lizzo.
Lizzo improvised the songs' lyrics and issued a statement on social media. She was very sorry for accidentally offending anyone.
I never want to encourage slanderous language. As a fat black woman in America, Ive had many nasty words used against me, so I understand the power words can have (whether intentionally or, in my case, unintentionally).
Beyonce has received not the only criticism for her Heated lyrics. Kelis also chastises her for interpolating her song Milkshake into Energy. Kelis claims she was never asked for permission and calls the act a theft.