Beyoncé to replace 'ableist' slur in new album track following backlash

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Beyoncé will replace an "ableist" slur in her new album track Heated after receiving backlash over its use.

The pop superstar released her seventh studio album Renaissance on Friday, and over the weekend, she came under fire from disability charities and campaigners for using the word "s**z", a derogatory term for a form of cerebral palsy known as spastic diplegia, on Heated.

In the outro of the song, she sings, "S**zzin' on that a*s, s**z on that a*s, Fan me quick, girl, I need my glass."

After the criticism levelled up on Monday, Beyoncé's reps confirmed to multiple outlets that she would be replacing the lyrics.

"The word, not used intentionally in a harmful way, will be replaced," they said. "The road to success is always under construction."

The controversy comes several weeks after Lizzo received backlash for using the same offensive word in Grrrls, off her new album Special. The swiftly-reworked version of Grrrls now includes the lyrics "hold me back" instead of the original word.

"Let me make one thing clear: I never want to promote derogatory language," Lizzo wrote in a statement posted on Twitter. "As a fat black woman in America, I've had many hurtful words used against me so I overstand (sic) the power words can have (whether intentionally or in my case, unintentionally).

"As an influential artist, I'm dedicated to being part of the change I've been waiting to see in the world."

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