Beyoncé is criticised for using an offensive lyric on her Renaissance album

Beyoncé is to re-record one of the songs on her new album, Renaissance, after facing criticism from disability campaigners.

The song, Heated, from the album which was released on the 29th July, contained a derogatory term that has often been used to demean people with spastic cerebral palsy.

Beyoncé’s publicist said the word, which can have different connotations in the US, was “not used intentionally in a harmful way”.

It “will be replaced in the lyrics”, they added, without giving a timescale.

The backlash came just a couple of weeks after US pop star Lizzo apologised for using the same word in her song GRRRLS.

Disability charity Scope had asked Beyoncé to re-record the song, omitting the insult. It welcomed the change of heart.

“It’s good Beyoncé has acted so swiftly after disabled people yet again called out this thoughtless lyric,” Scope’s media manager Warren Kirwan said.

“There’s a feeling of deja vu as it’s just a few weeks since Lizzo also had to re-release a song after featuring the same offensive language.

“We hope this is the last time we see this kind of thing from anyone, let alone musicians with massive global influence.”

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