Beyoncé is set to re-record one of the songs from her new album, after facing criticism from disability rights activists.
A song titled “Hitted”, released on Friday, contained a term that has long been used to demean people with spastic cerebral palsy.
Beyoncé’s business office told the BBC that the term – which could have a different connotation in the US – “was not used intentionally to cause psychological harm”. The bureau added that “the expression can be replaced in the song”, but without specifying a date for that.
This comes two weeks after the famous American pop singer Lizzo apologized for using the same expression in her song “Girls”. Within days, Lizzo apologized, and reissued the song after she deleted the offensive expression.
In a statement on social media, Lizzo said: “Let me say something clearly: I never wanted to promote offensive language… As a fat black woman living in America, I’ve heard many hurtful words, so I understand the cruelty that words can contain (whether they intentionally or unintentionally, as in my case).
And as soon as Beyoncé’s fans heard her song, as soon as it was released on Friday, they felt like a “slap in the face” – according to BBC disability rights advocate Hanna Deviney, who added: “I’m tired and frustrated because we’re going through the same thing and it’s only been two weeks. Apologies to Lizzo.”
Disability charity Scope has asked Beyoncé to re-record the song after the offending phrase was removed. “Words are important because they reinforce the negative attitudes that people with disabilities suffer every day,” said Warren Kirwan, the foundation’s media director.
Kirwan added, “Beyoncé has always been seen as a champion of inclusivity and equality, and we urge her to remove that offensive phrase.”
Others in Beyoncé’s fans came to her defence, saying that the expression in question could have a different meaning in the United States – often used to mean “go crazy” or “go crazy” (though these same words can be offensive to people with disabilities). mental disorders).
Despite the controversy surrounding it, observers expect Beyoncé’s seventh album to top the list of the most successful albums around the world this week. In the UK, the album is ahead of the rest of the top five albums combined. The album’s title track, “Break My Soul,” is also expected to top the listening charts.
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