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Beyoncé called out for using same ableist slur as Lizzo in "HEATED"

01 August 2022, 10:02 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

Beyoncé is facing backlash for using the same ableist slur as Lizzo in the lyrics for her Renaissance track "HEATED".

Last Friday (29 July) Beyoncé released her new album Renaissance, and fans were quick to spot an ableist slur in the lyrics for "HEATED", a track that was composed alongside Drake, Cadenza and many more.

Beyoncé's use of the word comes over a month after Lizzo updated the lyrics to her "Grrrls" song after receiving backlash for using the same ableist slur.

One user wrote on Twitter, "Beyoncé using a slur generally directed at disabled people in her music is very disappointing. Especially when it’s the same slur that another big artist was called out for recently using in one of their songs."

Another wrote, "Bizarre that Beyoncé chose to include an ableist slur in one of her new songs right after Lizzo learnt from her mistake and took the same slur out from her song."

Writer and disability advocate Hannah Diviney wrote in Hireup, "I’m so tired. Disabled people deserve better. I don’t want to have this conversation again."

Beyoncé is yet to respond to the criticism over "HEATED".
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