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Beyoncé to remove derogatory word for form of cerebral palsy from song ‘Heated’ in new album ‘Renaissance’

Beyoncé is removing an offensive disabled term from a new song on her record “Renaissance,” just weeks after rapper Lizzo also changed lyrics to remove the same word.

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“The word, not used in an intentionally harmful way, will be replaced,” a Beyoncé spokeswoman wrote in a statement to The Associated Press on Monday.

The song “Heated,” co-written with Canadian rapper Drake among others, uses the word “spaz,” which is considered a derogatory reference to the medical term spastic diplegia, a form of cerebral palsy.

Lizzo also removed the word from one of her songs, “Grrrls,” in June after disability advocates complained about the lyrics. Lizzo said in a statement that she never meant to promote derogatory language.

Disability advocate Hannah Diviney, who pointed to Lizzo’s lyrics as driving change, tweeted that hearing the word used again by Beyoncé “felt like a slap in the face to me, the disability community and the progress we tried to make with Lizzo.”

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