Disability charity urges Beyoncé to remove offensive term from new song

Beyoncé has faced backlash for the use of an offensive term in one of her brand new songs.

And since its release, a UK disability charity is urging her to remove the word from the track, Heated, altogether.

The song features on the American singer-songwriter's highly anticipated seventh studio album, Renaissance, which was released last week.

It is her solo release in six years following the critically acclaimed Lemonade in 2016, and was first announced in an incredible shoot with Vogue in June.

The legendary popstar, 40, has since received criticism online about Heated, co-written by Canadian rapper Drake, due to its use of an ableist slur, which can be heard twice towards the end of the song.

The term is sometimes used to refer to individuals with cerebral palsy, a condition which affects muscle movement and co-ordination.

Scope, a disability equality charity, has since spoken out against Beyoncé's use of the word – less than a month after doing the same in response to a track by fellow popstar Lizzo.

Warren Kirwan, the charity's media manager, released a statement urging Beyoncé to re-record the song.

"It's appalling that one of the world's biggest stars has chosen to include this deeply offensive term," he said.

"Just weeks ago, Lizzo received a huge backlash from fans who felt hurt and let down after she used the same abhorrent language.

"Thankfully she did the right thing and re-recorded the song. It's hard to believe that could have gone unnoticed by Beyoncé's team.

"Words matter because they reinforce the negative attitudes disabled people face every day, and which impact on every aspect of disabled people's lives.

"Beyonce has long been a champion of inclusivity and equality, so we'd urge her to remove this offensive lyric."

Representatives for Beyonce have been contacted for comment.

In July, Lizzo re-released her song Grrrls with a "lyric change" following similar backlash.

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She also issued a statement apologising after facing criticism for her use of the same word.

The popstar, 34, who is known for promoting body positivity and self-love in her music, said she "never want(s) to promote derogatory language".

She added she was "dedicated to being part of the change I've been waiting to see in the world".

Following the release of Renaissance, Beyoncé fans have commended her album and her new disco and house-inspired sound, saying the highly anticipated album was "made with the LGBT community in mind".


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