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Beyoncé forced to edit offensive lyrics

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Beyoncé has been forced to edit the lyrics to a new song after they were deemed offensive to disabled people.

The track “Heated” off her new album “Renaissance” originally featured the line “Spazzin’ on that ass, spazz on that ass.”

Responding to the backlash Beyoncé’s publicist told Sky News the term was not "used intentionally in a harmful way". 

In America the word “spastic” can be interperated to “freak out” or “go crazy”, but the term is often a derogative description of somebody with a disability, often related to people with cerebral palsy

The use of the word has been slammed by Scope who said it is “deeply offensive term” and it is “appalling” it was included in the song which was co-written by Drake.

Disability advocate Hannah Diviney criticised Beyoncé on Instagram saying: “So @Beyonce used the word ‘sp**’ in her new song ‘Heated’. Feels like a slap in the face to me, the disabled community and the progress we tried to make with Lizzo.”

The comment was in response to Lizzo using the word ‘Spaz’ in her song Special earlier this year.

Beyoncé adopted her alter ego, Sasha Fierce, to overcome stage fright.