Beyoncé to change Renaissance lyric containing ableist slur

Beyoncé to change Renaissance lyric containing ableist slur

August 1, 2022
via theguardian.com
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Artist / Beyoncé
Album / RENAISSANCE
Label / Columbia Records , Parkwood
Source / theguardian.com
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August 1, 2022
Not again😭
August 1, 2022
Yeah I will say this... even as a kid, I always felt uncomfortable when teens older than me called people "spaz"... so I think the feelings are valid.

I just think it's bizarre how it gets to this point... & no one in these circles, no PR team, no producer said anything or gave a new suggestion. Happens a lot now
August 1, 2022
againPP i literally never heard this slur before the lizzo shit
August 1, 2022
I wonder how many records from Black artists will run into this problem :(. If you had told me five years ago that social media could be influential enough to change artists' lyrics, I would've said no way.
August 1, 2022
This is foolish. Changing an original artistic statement for this is not something that should have to be done.
August 2, 2022
First of all the lyric isn't even mentioned in this article...I generally aim to be considerate of things like this but we can't learn without the words being used. It's hard to see how a publication could be too afraid to use the word they are writing about.

Also, we're talking about art here. Personally, I listen to abrasive and offensive music for pleasure as I'm sure many here can relate to. If you don't like it then simply don't listen to it.
August 2, 2022
People are so out of touch, plus that word is also a staple in a lot of other black art and hip-hop from what I've seen, which makes it a whole lot worse. It clearly isn't used in an insulting manner in 99 percent of applications too
August 2, 2022
I can understand that the word probably isn't used in a harmful way. However, I think it would be nicer to hear what people who unfortunately have spasms frequently think. But I found the line pretty corny to be honest. Like, there are better metaphors to imply you are having sex.
August 2, 2022
@cnelso33 "Spazzin' on that ass, spaz on that ass" is the artistic statement this dude is scared of getting ruined btw
August 2, 2022
^This is true though LMFAOOOO
August 2, 2022
Your daily reminder that artistic freedom includes being able to edit yourself and your work when you want. It's not censorship or "society being too sensitive" if the artist decides to change something that they feel detracts from their work
August 2, 2022
That's a nice gesture I guess. That's not really a slur in America, at least not where I'm from? So I could see someone of her stature and influence going "Oh, my bad, I had no idea", and changing it to one of the 20,000 other options she has at her disposal.
August 2, 2022
ugh
August 2, 2022
This world is getting softer by the day.
August 2, 2022
I refuse to believe Beyoncé was pushed to do anything, like there was barely any pushback to the song. Also it's Beyoncé, she's not getting 'cancelled" or whatever. This seems like something she genuinely wanted to change, or at the very least she's doing it to seem nice, she wasn't backed into this
August 2, 2022
people say the world is getting softer like it's a bad thing!
August 2, 2022
What a stupid thing! The holy inquisition now wanting to put their hands on the lyrics of the songs. I wish artists would stop giving importance to this type of people who are only looking for something to complain about.
August 2, 2022
@beensbeens doesn’t matter what it is. People shouldn’t have to change art because of how others perceive it. That is what art is about and I hope you’d feel the same way as someone who voices their opinion about said art on this website.
August 2, 2022
im totally fine with offensive music but i dont think beyonce is trying to make offensive music lmao. its not even considered a slur in america really so i dont think the word's UK implication was part of her artistic statement. its not comparable to like, hypothetically, kendrick being forced to remove the fslur from Auntie Diaries. thats something id be against
August 2, 2022
The world isn't getting softer, Americans are LMFAO
August 3, 2022
@cnelso33 Fans: hey Beyonce can you take out this ableist slur we don't like it
Beyonce: ok sure
cnelso33: NOOOO HOW DARE THEY FORCE HER TO CHANGE HER ART THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE
August 3, 2022
this discourse is so dumb. let the artist do whatever she wants, if she felt pressured to take it off in favor of her public image, that's fine. if there was another artist that didn't feel like taking the word out, that's fine as well.

now, if the word is offensive or not, it's not my place to say. but as a person living with adhd, I don't feel offended when I listen to the kendrick song with an adhd lyric, because I understand it's just a silly bar on a song. to each their own.
August 3, 2022
@beensbeens ugh
August 3, 2022
Why is people being so mad about other people being responsible with their language lol
August 3, 2022
this is a staple in the way that black people talk. we don’t mean it to harm the nd community
August 3, 2022
how is spaz a slur
August 3, 2022
Wait, it was 'spaz'? I thought she was saying "Bouncin' on that ass, bounce on that ass"
August 3, 2022
why is there even discussion about this 😭
August 4, 2022
how is there 29 replies wtf
August 4, 2022
ok but the song slaps tho
August 4, 2022
ok but sia made a whole movie
August 4, 2022
absolutely losing it at the implication that changing a line about having sex to something a little less tasteless means the death of art as a whole
August 5, 2022
@grimeslice It wasn't tasteless at all, it wasnt intended in bad faith and nor has that word really ever been used in music as a slur
August 5, 2022
The worst thing is people being offended on others behalf. Like I remember someone from Germany calling out someone for cultural appropriation of a subculture from my country when I wasnt irked off by it in the slightest
August 5, 2022
I swear people who say “this generation is getting soft” are the softest people
August 5, 2022
okay it is not that big of a deal
its not like the world will implode because beyonce removed a relatively offensive term from renaissance and its not like there was much pushback from the beginning, beyonce and her team decided to remove the song from the album. if she felt her usage of the term would affect her public image and wanted to remove it, more power to her.
i do agree with what @UnbalancedForce said on nobody giving an alternative though, like how does it get here at all?
August 5, 2022
also, its not like "spazzin on that ass" is all of a so good of a lyric that it has to be protected at ALL COSTS
5d ago
as someone with adhd, i used to be bullied in school for my "spazzing", and yet i didn't even know "spaz" was slur until the lizzo incident a few weeks ago. personally i don't see it as much of a big deal but i can't speak for other ppl... at least i'm glad beyonce's doing something about it instead of just completely ignoring it
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