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Beyoncé To Remove 'Ableist Slur' From ‘Renaissance’

2 August 2022 | 12:25 pm | Dan Cribb

“The word, not used intentionally in a harmful way, will be replaced."

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Beyoncé will reportedly update her new album Renaissance following backlash over the inclusion of an offensive term on one of its tracks.

Following the album’s release, listeners noted that the singer used the same derogatory term on the record that Lizzo was called out for in June.

The lyric in question is on the single Heated, which was a co-write with Drake: “Sp*zzin’ on that ass / Sp*z on that ass.

As reported by The Guardian, a representative for Beyoncé has confirmed the offensive term will be removed from the song.

“The word, not used intentionally in a harmful way, will be replaced,” they said.

Lizzo removed the offensive word from her single GRRLS following a range of criticism on social media

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The artist, who has become well-known for self-acceptance and love against all odds, used the offensive phrase in the song's first verse: “Hold my bag, bitch, hold my bag / Do you see this shit? I’ma sp*zz.”

“It has been brought to my attention that there is a harmful word in my new song GRRRLS," Lizzo stated in a statement.

"Let me make one thing clear: I never want to promote derogatory language. 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).

"This is the result of me listening and taking action. As an influential artist I’m dedicated to being part of the change I’ve been waiting to see in the world."

The lyric was replaced with "hold me back".