Beyonce is SLAMMED by disability charity Scope for including ableist slur TWICE


‘There’s NO excuse for this, Beyonce!’ Singer is SLAMMED by fans and disability charity for including ableist slur in new song – weeks after Lizzo apologised for using the same word

  • Beyonce, 40, a global role model – has the lyrics: Sp**zin’ on that ass, s**z on that ass’ in the song in which she collaborated with Drake 
  • The word can mean to ‘freak out’ or ‘go crazy” in the US but it’s very widely known that it comes from the word ‘spastic’
  • The term is often used in a derogative manner to describe those with disabilities, especially cerebral palsy
  • This comes just weeks after Lizzo apologised for using the same word on her track Grrrls – and had her track re-recorded 

Beyonce has been called out by disability equality charity Scope for using an ableist slur on her new song Heated. 

This comes just weeks after Lizzo apologised for using the same word on her song Grrrls – and had her track re-recorded. 

Beyonce, 40, a global role model – has the lyrics: Sp**zin’ on that ass, s**z on that ass’ in the song in which she collaborated with Drake. 

Not good enough: Beyonce has been SLAMMED by disability equality charity Scope for including an ableist slur TWICE in new song Heated – weeks after Lizzo apologised for using same the word

The word can mean to ‘freak out’ or ‘go crazy’ in the US but it’s very widely known  that it comes from the word ‘spastic’.

The term is often used in a derogative manner to describe those with disabilities, especially cerebral palsy.

Warren Kirwan, Media Manager at disability equality charity Scope, said: ‘It’s appalling that one of the world’s biggest stars has chosen to include this deeply offensive term.

Lizzo changed the offensive lyric, saying: 'Let me make one thing clear: I never want to promote derogatory language. As a fat Black woman in America, I've had many hurtful words used against me so I understand the power words can have (whether intentionally or in my case, unintentionally,)'

Lizzo changed the offensive lyric, saying: ‘Let me make one thing clear: I never want to promote derogatory language. As a fat Black woman in America, I’ve had many hurtful words used against me so I understand the power words can have (whether intentionally or in my case, unintentionally,)’

‘Just weeks ago, Lizzo received a huge backlash from fans who felt hurt and let down after she used the same abhorrent language.

‘Thankfully she did the right thing and re-recorded the song. It’s hard to believe that could have gone unnoticed by Beyoncé’s team.

‘Words matter because they reinforce the negative attitudes disabled people face every day, and which impact on every aspect of disabled people’s lives.

‘Beyoncé has long been a champion of inclusivity and equality, so we’d urge her to remove this offensive lyric.’

Moreover, Twitter was awash with comments from those who couldn’t believe that Beyonce, nor any members of her team would have not noticed that the word was an offensive one – especially after Lizzo’s very public apology.

They wrote: ‘Bizarre that Beyoncé chose to include an ableist slur in one of her new songs right after Lizzo learnt from her mistake and took the same slur out from her song.’

‘So so disappointed that Beyoncé has used an ableist slur in Heated It’s the same one Lizzo used (& corrected very gracefully)… this was high profile enough that the same mistake shouldn’t have happened again So sick of non-disabled artists not recognising harm in their words.’ 

‘It’s very hard to believe neither Beyoncé nor anyone in her team didn’t recognise the ableist slur when Lizzo very publicly made the same mistake a month ago (and graciously corrected it). Exhausting.’

MailOnline has contacted a spokesperson for Beyonce for comment.  

Something to say: Twitter was awash with comments from those who couldn't believe that Beyonce, nor her team would have not noticed that the word was an offensive one - especially after Lizzo's very public apology

Something to say: Twitter was awash with comments from those who couldn’t believe that Beyonce, nor her team would have not noticed that the word was an offensive one – especially after Lizzo’s very public apology

American pop singer Lizzo, 34, – changed the word ‘s**z’ in the line ‘Do you see this s***? I’m a hold back’.’

She addressed the controversy on Twitter after she changed the lyrics. ‘It’s been brought to my attention that there is a harmful word in my new song ‘GRRRLS,’ she said.

‘Let me make one thing clear: I never want to promote derogatory language. As a fat Black woman in America, I’ve had many hurtful words used against me so I understand the power words can have (whether intentionally or in my case, unintentionally,)’ she added.

‘I’m proud to say there’s a new version of GRRRLS with a lyric change. 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,’ she concluded.

Make it right! Scope, said: 'It's appalling that one of the world's biggest stars has chosen to include this deeply offensive term'

Make it right! Scope, said: ‘It’s appalling that one of the world’s biggest stars has chosen to include this deeply offensive term’

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