Beyoncé Confirms She Will Remove a Lyric From Her New Album “Renaissance” Following Backlash That It’s “Ableist” and “Deeply Offensive”

Beyoncé’s seventh studio album, “Renaissance,” dropped on July 29 to rave reviews. It is her first solo record since 2016’s “Lemonade.”

Beyonce accepts the award for Best R&B Performance at the 63rd Grammy Award outside Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, on March 14, 2021. Credit: Getty Images
Beyonce accepts the award for Best R&B Performance at the 63rd Grammy Award outside Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, on March 14, 2021. Credit: Getty Images

Beyoncé will change the lyrics in her new song, “Heated,” after receiving criticism for the use of the word “sp*z,” which is considered an ableist slur by many in the disabled community. A representative for the singer told Insider, that the lyric was not used “intentionally in a harmful way,” and it “will be replaced.”

The backlash to Beyoncé’s song comes just weeks after Lizzo similarly issued an apology for using the same word in the original lyrics to her song “Grrrls,” off the latter’s new album, “Special.”

Amid the backlash Queen Bey received, several individuals pointed out what they deemed to be an inherent form of industry discrimination at play, calling attention to the fact that many white artists have not faced the same condemnation for similar offenses

Beyoncé’s seventh studio album, “Renaissance,”dropped on July 29 to rave reviews. It is her first solo record since 2016’s “Lemonade.”