Beyoncé will change a lyric in one of the songs on Renaissance in order to remove an offensive and ableist term. On the album’s 11th track, “Heated,” which features Beyoncé and Drake among its writers, is the word “spaz,” a term that disability activists have called an ableist slur.
Beyoncé’s publicist told NPR over email that the lyric will be changed. “The word, not used intentionally in a harmful way, will be replaced,” the publicist said.
This is not the first time an artist has been criticized for using the term.
In June, Lizzo changed a lyric in one of her songs after receiving the same criticism. She posted a statement on social media explaining her reasoning for changing the lyrics and apologized to the communities she offended.