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Beyoncé Confirmed That She’ll Replace An Ableist Slur On Her New Album “Renaissance” After Lizzo Did So Last Month

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“Disabled people deserve better.”

Beyoncé dropped her seventh solo album Renaissance last Friday. It was a big deal.

One of the album’s songs, “Heated,” includes the lyric “Spazzin’ on that ass, spaz on that ass” — and “spaz” is a word that is largely seen by the disabled community as an ableist slur.

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Beyoncé has faced some criticism as a result — including an op-ed in the Guardian from disability advocate Hannah Diviney, who says “my heart sank” when she heard the word used on the album.


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“I’m so tired,” Hannah wrote in her essay. “Disabled people deserve better. I don’t want to have this conversation again.”

Now, in a statement to Insider, Beyoncé’s representatives have confirmed that the album lyric will be changed.


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“The word, not used intentionally in a harmful way, will be replaced,” the statement said.


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This isn’t the first time a pop star has made a similar move. Last month, Lizzo announced she was removing the same word from her single “Grrrls” after receiving backlash upon its release.


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“Let me make one thing clear: I never want to promote derogatory language,” she wrote in a statement at the time. “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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Lizzo’s decision came after facing significant criticism from disability advocates — including Hannah, who said that hearing the word in “Grrrls” made her “pretty angry [and] sad.”

Hey @lizzo my disability Cerebral Palsy is literally classified as Spastic Diplegia (where spasticity refers to unending painful tightness in my legs) your new song makes me pretty angry + sad. ‘Spaz’ doesn’t mean freaked out or crazy. It’s an ableist slur. It’s 2022. Do better.


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You can read Hannah’s op-ed for the Guardian here.

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42 Products That’ll Come In Handy Whether You Travel Once A Year Or Once A Week

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Anne Cate is a woman-owned small business based in Cleveland, Ohio that handmakes minimalist keepsakes with a skyline from more than 100 cities and colleges around the world! 

The kit includes a hair tie, ChapStick, two floss pics, a sewing kit, bandages, emery board, two safety pins, two earring backs, a makeup wipe, two bobby pins, two mints, a deodorant wipe, a Shout wipe, a tampon, hand sanitizer, and Tylenol.

Promising review: “I got one for myself and one for my daughter. I love how compact this emergency kit is. It fits in any purse. I would suggest and recommend for anyone. I’m sure it will lighten a purse for many by condensing it into this one small emergency kit.” —Eileen M.

Get it from Anne Cate for $25 (available in 100+ skylines).

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The Cannes Film Festival Is Practically The New Met Gala, So I’m Curious What You Think Of These 40 Viral Looks

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The 40 Most Viral Cannes Looks

There have been a number of *viral* looks out of the Cannes Film Festival this year.

There was this Irina Shayk see-through *moment.*

And everyone seems to have an opinion about this *interesting* Maya Hawke look.

Sooo, because Cannes fashion is a pretty big deal lately, I’m curious if you like these looks or think they’re just kind of fugly.

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31 Outdoor Home Items So Gorgeous, You’ll Wanna Move To Your Backyard

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This set includes six 28″ Burlywood hardwood handles, six 8″ hardwood mallets with caps for added protection, two 18″ hardwood ending stakes, six 2.8″ weather-resistant molded balls, nine steel wickets with vinyl coating, and a nice bag to carry it all in.

Promising review:This croquet set is artfully made and really such a steal for the money you will pay! The sticks and mallets are all made out of durable hard wood and the mallets have a rubber sleeve that goes on each end to help protect the mallet from damage overtime. The balls are on the heavier side, as they should be. They are resistant to weather, so no need to pick them up if you didn’t finish your game, same with the wickets. All of this comes in a nice carrying case that can actually handle the weight of the set itself! The colors are vibrant so there will be no question which ball is yours and genuinely I do not feel like they will fade or lose their quality. I would absolutely buy this again!” —Dido

Get it from Amazon for $39.55+ (available in two colors).

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