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A title of Beyonce’s new album is controversial: the singer assures that she will modify the lyrics

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US superstar Beyonce is set to re-record a song from her latest album, ‘Renaissance’, after heavy criticism on social media for her use of a slang word considered an insult by people with disabilities.

It’s a sentence from the title “Heated”, written in collaboration with the Canadian rapper Drake, which has triggered the ire of people with motor disabilities: the “queen” Beyonce sings “Spazzin’ on that ass, spazz on that ass”.

The term “spaz” in English, derived from the adjective “spastic” (“spastic”), may be used to make fun of people with cerebral palsy and may be loosely associated with the terms “moron”, “disturbed” or even “staggered”. In the United States, the word “spaz” is rare and seems rather to describe a person deemed “out of control” or who acts in an “erratic” way.

Already a controversy around a title of Lizzo for having used “spaz”

In an attempt to put out the start of a fire on social networks, Beyonce will re-record the offending song by “replacing” the term “spaz”, a spokeswoman for the artist confirmed to AFP, assuring in an email. that “the word had not been used intentionally to hurt“.

Exactly the same story happened in June to American singer Lizzo who had to re-record her track “Grrrls” to remove the same slang term “spaz”.

For Australian activist Hannah Diviney, speaking on Twitter, Beyonce’s use of this term “feels like a slap in the face, for the disability community and for the progress made with Lizzo“. She promised to “keep telling the whole music industry to ‘do better’ until the ‘able-bodied’ slurs disappear from music”.

Accusations of plagiarism

Musical event of the summer, Beyonce released her 7th solo album last Friday. Six years after “Lemonade”, which has become a classic, fans have found their “Queen B” in full “Renaissance”, the title of this 16-track album intended for a world that is starting to party again after the pandemic.

But the queen of R’n’B had to face the leak of her album 48 hours before its official release. And that’s not all since the singer Kelis accuses him of plagiarism. The interpreter of Trick Me claims Queen B sampled a snippet of her track Milkshakeproduced by Pharrell Williams in 2003, to compose Energy. Very upset, Kelis expressed herself on her Instagram account, specifying that she had not been made aware by Beyoncé of the use of her song, nor of having been mentioned in the credits of the album.

I’m blown away by the level of disrespect and total ignorance of the three parties involved. I discovered this sample the same way as everyone else. Nothing is ever what it seems, some people in this business have no soul or integrity and they have fooled everyone. (…) I come to take back what is mine and demand repairs“, she explains, very uplifted, on several videos posted on Instagram.

For the time being, neither Queen B nor Pharrell Williams have reacted to these accusations.