It’s not always easy to be a queen of song. Barely three days after the eventful release of his seventh solo album, called “Renaissance”, the controversies are linked for the American star. As of Saturday, the singer Kelis accused the RnB singer of having used an extract from her song “Milkshake”, released in 2003, without her authorization and without even having mentioned it in the credits of the album.
This Monday, it is a new title of “Queen B” which poses a problem: Heated. In this one, “Spazzin’ on that ass, spazz on that ass,” Beyoncé sang, in one of the original verses. However, in English, the word “spazz” in reference to “spastic” is used to make fun of people with disabilities.
It was “like a slap”
Spasms make it difficult to control muscles, especially the arms and legs, explains our colleagues from the American specialized magazine, Variety. They were also able to quote a press release from the singer’s teams which announced that these words would be deleted. “The word, unintentionally used in a harmful way, will be replaced,” reads the statement from Beyoncé’s team. It is not known, however, when the title will be re-recorded and modified.
When fans heard Beyoncé’s track on Friday, it was “like a slap in the face,” disability advocate Hannah Diviney told the BBC. “I’m tired and frustrated that we’re having this conversation again so soon after receiving such a meaningful and progressive response from Lizzo,” Diviney continued.
Indeed, Beyoncé’s choice to delete the lyrics follows the same decision by Lizzo a few days ago. The rapper used the same term in her song “Grrrls” from her latest album, “Special.” “Let’s be clear on one thing: I don’t want to promote derogatory language,” Lizzo wrote on social media while announcing the upcoming lyric change.
The controversy over Beyoncé’s song doesn’t seem to be stopping Renaissance’s meteoric rise up the charts. It should even be at the top of all the rankings of the entire planet. In the United Kingdom, the BBC notices that it already has more listens than the five other albums put together that follow it.