Beyoncé to change lyric on ‘Renaissance’ after being accused of ableism

Carlijn Jacobs

Beyoncé will remove a lyric from one of her songs on Renaissance after it was criticized for being “ableist.”

In the song “Heated,” the lyrics contain a word considered derogatory in the disability community. A rep for the singer confirms to People that the word will be changed.

“The word, not used intentionally in a harmful way, will be replaced,” the rep’s statement says.

The decision to change the lyric comes after Lizzo similarly came under fire for using the same word in her song “GRRRLS.” She released a new version of the song with a lyric change.

Meanwhile, Beyoncé’s Renaissance is already breaking records. Spotify announced that on Friday, the album became the platform’s most-streamed album in a single day by a female artist in 2022 so far.

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