Beyoncé is removing an offensive term for people with disabilities from a new song on her ‘Renaissance’ record, just weeks after rapper Lizzo also changed the lyrics to remove the same word.
“The word, which is not intentionally used in a harmful manner, will be replaced,” a spokeswoman for Beyoncé wrote in a statement to The Associated Press on Monday.
The song “Heated,” which was co-written with Canadian rapper Drake among several others, uses the word “spaz,” which is considered a pejorative reference to the medical term spastic diplegia, a form of cerebral palsy.
Lizzo also removed the word from one of her songs, “Grrrls,” in June after disability advocates complained about the lyrics. Lizzo said in a statement that she never intended to promote derogatory language.
Disability advocate Hannah Diviney, who highlighted Lizzo’s words that led to the change, wrote on Twitter that hearing the word Beyoncé use again “felt like a slap in the face to me, the disability community. and the progress we’ve been trying to make with Lizzo.”