Beyoncé song 'censorship' row as track changed over ableist slur: 'What if this was about race or gender?'

Beyoncé has removed an ableist slur from the lyrics of a new song after criticism from disability charities


The singer, 40, uses the term "spaz" on her new song 'Heated'.

The term demeans people with spastic cerebral palsy and is used by some to describe losing self-control.

Warren Kirwan, from disability charity Scope, appeared on GB News to discuss the decision to change the song on Breakfast with Isabel and Mark.

Isabel Webster explained: "Lots of our viewers and listeners this morning are quite exercised by this.

"Their view is that music is artistic, we should be free to express ourselves and when you start to censor things to affect people's offence, then it doesn't become expressive and we're not living in a free society."

Beyoncé recently released her new album, Renaissance
Beyoncé recently released her new album, Renaissance
Warren Kirwan appeared on GB News to discuss the song
Warren Kirwan appeared on GB News to discuss the song

She asked: "Do you see that there is an argument there to be had?"

Mr Kirwan responded: "I see where they're coming from and I see why they've made that argument.

"I would question if this was a similar word about race or gender would we be having this debate?

"I suspect they probably wouldn't, and the same goes for the writers of that song."

Fans and disability charities spoke out against the offensive line after Renaissance, her first album in six years, was released on Friday.

Beyoncé's representatives told The Times: “The word, not used intentionally in a harmful way, will be replaced. The road to success is always under construction.”

The song has nine credited writers including Beyoncé and Drake, but it is not clear which of them wrote the lyrics.

The singer, who has been married to rapper and businessman Jay-Z since 2008, made history last year when she became the most decorated female artist at the Grammy Awards.

She won four awards out of nine nominations, making it 28 over her career, which surpasses the 27 of bluegrass-country singer Alison Krauss.

Beyonce and Jay-Z had daughter Blue Ivy in January 2012, and in June 2017 she gave birth to twins Rumi and Sir.