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Pop star Beyonce has found herself on the end of a cancelation campaign by selectively offended word police who have taken offence at her use of the term ‘spaz’ and ‘spazzy’ on one song of her new album.
The song “Heated” on her new album “Renaissance” was targeted by complainers who claim one lyric contains the “ableist slur.”
The full lyric is “Yada, yada, yah, yada, yada, yah-yah – Yada, yada, bom-bom, kah-kah – Spazzing on that a**, spaz on that a**.”
It’s hardly Shakespeare, but it is offensive to the permanently offended.
The word is now generally used to mean ‘freaking out’, but it originates from the word “spastic” which stems from muscle spasm. The term was widely used in the past to describe the medical condition spastic diplegia, a form of cerebral palsy.
Soon after the backlash, it was announced that the words will be edited out:
“The word, not used intentionally in a harmful way, will be replaced,” a statement read.
Many have pointed out that this is perhaps the least offensive thing on the album, which contains vulgar words and slurs in practically every song, as well as violent and sexual imagery.
Some tried to argue that only certain people can use certain words:
Look at the lyrics for this song (if you can be bothered), the first one on the album, and decide whether you’d rather a 10 year old kid hear that or the term ‘spaz’:
And lets not even start a debate about her husband’s lyrics.
Here’s a good solution, don’t listen to it if you don’t like it. It’s worked well for us.
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