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Beyoncé Accused Of Thinking She’s “Above Criticism” After Using The Same Ableist Slur That Lizzo Was Called Out For

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In June, Lizzo was praised when she swiftly changed the lyrics to her single “Grrrls” after learning that the original words were considered offensive to people with disabilities.

The track was a lead single from her fourth studio album Special, which came out last month, and it immediately sparked backlash for its opening.

“Hold my bag, bitch / Hold my bag / Do you see this shit? / I’mma spaz,” the song began. The use of the word “spaz” was criticized by listeners.

In fact, it wasn’t long before “Grrrls” was trending on TikTok as users called Lizzo out for the ableist lyric.

The term is viewed as an incredibly offensive slur against people with disabilities.

It is also used as a verb to describe the act of losing physical and emotional control, which is how Lizzo intended it in her single.

But regardless of Lizzo’s intentions, fans argued that the word’s loaded connotations should have been enough for her not to include it in the lyrics.

One person tweeted at the time: “@lizzo please re-release ‘Grrrls’ without the ableist slur. That word is not kind to disabled people. Your music is global and you have a voice folks listen to. We are trusting and asking you to release it without the slur.”

@lizzo please re-release “grrrls” without the ablist slur. That word is not kind to disabled people. Your music is global and you have a voice folks listen to. We are trusting and asking you to release it without the slur.

xo

a disabled person who just wants to enjoy music


Twitter: @BodyByBlunts

“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,” another said. “‘Spaz’ doesn’t mean freaked out or crazy. It’s an ableist slur. It’s 2022. Do better.”

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.


Twitter: @hannah_diviney

Someone else wrote: “If you’ve never been bullied and called a spazz or a spastic because of your disability you don’t get to decide whether Lizzo’s new song is offensive or not. Kindly sit the fuck down.”

Here man if you’ve never been bullied and called a spazz or a spastic because of your disability you don’t get to decide whether Lizzo’s new song is offensive or not. Kindly sit the fuck down.


Twitter: @RachelCDailey

Others claimed that they genuinely had no idea that the word was offensive and argued that Lizzo was probably just as unaware when she wrote the song.

@Shelbykinsxo I’m just now finding out that word is offensive I doubt Lizzo meant any harm


Twitter: @LexiProQueen

But the star did not attempt to justify or excuse the lyrics when she reacted to the backlash, and was nothing but respectful and apologetic to those who had taken offense.

In fact, Lizzo wasted no time in issuing a statement addressing the backlash and was proactive in rerecording “Grrrls” with a lyric change for immediate release.

“It’s been brought to my attention that there is a harmful word in my new song ‘GRRRLS.’ Let me make one thing clear: I never want to promote derogatory language,” the statement read. “As a fat black woman in America, I’ve had many hurtful words used against me so I overstand the power words can have (whether intentionally or in my case, unintentionally). I’m proud to say there’s a new version of ‘Grrrls’ with a lyric change.”


Twitter: @lizzo

“This is the result of me listening and taking action. As an influential artist dedicated to being part of the change I’ve been waiting to see in the world,” she added.

The amended version of “Grrrls” opens with: “Hold my bag, bitch / Hold my bag / Do you see this shit? / Hold me back.”

Lizzo was celebrated for the way that she handled the situation, with many thanking the singer for being receptive to the criticism and taking action without making any excuses.

Some even said that other celebrities should “take note” of Lizzo’s actions, with one writing: “Lizzo just displayed how to learn and fix your mistakes with grace. She did the right thing when being met with deserved criticism, and I hope other artists take note.”

Lizzo just displayed how to learn and fix your mistakes with grace. She did the right thing when being met with deserved criticism, and I hope other artists take note


Twitter: @okjaimee

But just weeks later, music lovers found themselves embroiled in the ableist discourse all over again when Beyoncé used the same slur in a song from her new album, Renaissance, which was released on Friday.

While the album has won high praise from critics and fans alike, Beyoncé’s inclusion of the lyrics “Spazzing on that ass / Spaz on that ass” in her song “Heated” was not well received.

In addition to the initial backlash of Beyoncé using the offensive term in the first place, there was confusion over her choice to include the slur in her new release in spite of the reaction to Lizzo less than two months earlier.

Many argued that even if Beyoncé had missed the headlines personally, it’s highly unlikely that nobody on her team, or amid the song’s 11 writers and nine producers, would have seen the backlash.

And some claimed that the decision to go ahead with the lyrics despite the response to Lizzo suggested that everyone involved believed that Beyoncé was “above criticism.”

“Did Beyoncé not learn from Lizzo first?! Lizzo just went through this and corrected it IMMEDIATELY and Beyoncé still thought she could get away with it? Bruh come on,” one person tweeted.

Did Beyoncé not learn from Lizzo first?! Lizzo just went through this and corrected it IMMEDIATELY and Beyoncé still thought she could get away with it? Bruh come on.


Twitter: @_janope_

“The disabled community does not have the energy for people to not learn their lessons,” another added. “We just had this issue with Lizzo a month ago how did Beyoncé learn nothing from that. I already have chronic fatigue I don’t have to energy to explain multiple times why words are offensive.”

The disabled community does not have the energy for people to not learn their lessons. We just had this issue with Lizzo a month ago how did Beyoncé learn nothing from that. I already have chronic fatigue I don’t have to energy to explain multiple times why words are offensive


Twitter: @fenway_horan

“Really disappointed to see the music industry remain ignorant despite education provided and requested. Learn from Lizzo, Beyoncé,” one more said. “Language is powerful.”

There’s nothing wrong with ignorance as long as you’re willing to accept you may be wrong. Education is power.

Really disappointed to see the music industry remain ignorant despite education provided and requested. Learn from Lizzo, Beyoncé.

Language is powerful.


Twitter: @DisabilityLib

And UK disability charity Scope also called Beyoncé out in a statement. Retweeting its previously issued statement about “Grrrls,” it added: “It’s all the more surprising that she’s used this word, given the enormous response to Lizzo’s song ‘Grrrls’ in June. Thankfully, Lizzo did the right thing and re-recorded the song. It’s hard to believe that could have gone unnoticed by Beyoncé’s team.”

It’s all the more surprising that she’s used this word, given the enormous response to Lizzo’s song ‘Grrrls’ in June.

Thankfully, Lizzo did the right thing and re-recorded the song. It’s hard to believe that could have gone unnoticed by Beyoncé’s team. https://t.co/8QlAaSy0jK


Twitter: @scope

“After the outcry from Lizzo using the word ‘sp@z’, I can’t believe that nobody in Beyoncé’s team was aware of how hurtful the word is to many within the disabled community. Surely one of ‘Heated’s 11 writers and 10 producers must have known?” someone else asked.

After the outcry from Lizzo using the word “sp@z”, I can’t believe that nobody in Beyoncé’s team was aware of how hurtful the word is to many within the disabled community. Surely one of ‘Heated’s 11 writers and 10 producers must have known?


Twitter: @AutisticCallum_

“Honestly fuck Beyonce,” another tweeted. “There’s absolutely NO way her and her team didn’t know sp*z is a slur considering we just did the discourse w/ Lizzo. The fact that stans are patting her on the back for ‘listening & responding swiftly’ NO! THEY KNEW! They just figured she’s above criticism.”

Honestly fuck Beyonce. There’s absolutely NO way her and her team didn’t know sp*z is a slur considering we just did the discourse w/ Lizzo. The fact that stans are patting her on the back for ‘listening & responding swiftly’ NO! THEY KNEW! They just figured she’s above criticism


Twitter: @SirLolsworthy

“It’s very hard to believe neither Beyoncé nor anyone in her team didn’t recognise the ableist slur when Lizzo very publicly made the same mistake a month ago (and graciously corrected it). Exhausting,” one more tweeted.

It’s very hard to believe neither Beyoncé nor anyone in her team didn’t recognise the ableist slur when Lizzo very publicly made the same mistake a month ago (and graciously corrected it). Exhausting. https://t.co/FYtKeiXayH


Twitter: @DrFrancesRyan

Following the backlash, Beyoncé did the same as Lizzo and promised to change the lyrics of “Heated.”

A representative for the star told Insider on Monday: “The word, not used intentionally in a harmful way, will be replaced.”

“That’s great to hear but it’s shouldn’t have taken this happening *again* so soon after the Lizzo lyric change,” one person tweeted in response to the alteration. “Maybe now we can learn from these incidents, drop words like this one & make sure there don’t need to be any more retrospective lyric changes?”

That’s great to hear but it’s shouldn’t have taken this happening *again* so soon after the Lizzo lyric change.

Maybe now we can learn from these incidents, drop words like this one & make sure there don’t need to be any more retrospective lyric changes? https://t.co/sDwmnqMlW1


Twitter: @lucyisabella_

“Appalling,” someone else wrote. “What was she even thinking? Did she learn nothing from the Lizzo episode?”



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All eyes have been on Mason Mount every time he takes to the pitch during the World Cup, playing for England in their bid to become champions.

Ahead of the tournament kicking off, the Chelsea player – who has been dubbed one of the most eligible men in Britain – teamed up with fashion It girl Emilia Boateng in December’s issue of TatlerFind out all about his love life here…

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“Football is my priority,” he affirmed when asked about his relationship status. He does, however, occasionally go on dates. “Sometimes when I come up to London,” the footballer notes, confirming he’s not trawling through dating apps such as Tinder or Hinge.

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The 23-year-old is now single, having previously dated model Chloe Wealleans-Watts after they got together in 2017. It’s not known when the former couple parted ways.

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Mason, who is worth a reported £20 million, went on to comment on England’s chances of winning following the Lionesses amazing win at the Euros.

“We want to win. And with the group we have, we can definitely do that,” he added. “I feel like we’re on the right path. We want to make the nation proud.”

The footballer is set to play for England at the World Cup

Asked about what he thought of the Lionesses bringing football home before the boys did, Mason said: “Over the moon,” explaining that he and fellow England player Phil Foden were watching the Euro 2022 final from a suite in Wembley Stadium.

“I was very lucky to be able to see what they did,” he added. “It was amazing being a spectator. It was unbelievable. I was absolutely buzzing.”

The pair featured in the December issue of Tatler

The sports star has represented England since he was 15, joining the senior side in 2019 when he was 20. He became part of the Euros team last year – with the team reaching the final at Wembley. “We were so close,” he remarked. “That’s what makes it so hard.”

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Melanie Griffith shares rare ‘thankful’ photo with famous mom Tippi Hedren

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Melanie Griffith had reason to be thankful over the extended holiday weekend, as she got to spend Thanksgiving with her family.

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Chief among them was her mom, legendary actress Tippi Hedren, and even posted a photo of the two relaxing together over the weekend.

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While the two reclined on an animal-print laden bed, it was clear that they shared a close bond, and Melanie even wrote: “Thankful that my Mom is still here with us.”

The 92-year-old icon garnered a strong reaction from fans and celebrities alike, many of whom still touted Tippi as being a beautiful figure.

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Even ex-husband Antonio Banderas left a comment which read: “Love for both of you ladies,” while many left scores of heart emojis and Olivia Harrison wrote: “What a blessing.”

A fan said: “So beautiful Melanie! You are so lucky to still have her. Happy Holidays, Beautiful!” while another added: “Thankful for you still having her. You are so blessed.”

Melanie expressed her gratitude for still having her mother in her life

The actress is a mom herself to three children, eldest son Alexander Bauer with ex-husband Steven Bauer, Dakota Johnson with Don Johnson, and Stella Banderas with Antonio.

In fact, she got the opportunity to reunite with Don over the holiday weekend as they got together with several other members of the extended family.

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Some of their kids from their previous marriages were present as well, while Melanie even posed alongside Don’s now wife Kelly Phleger as the two have maintained a strong familial relationship.

The entire group were even seen engrossed in board games in one photograph, showcasing that a good time was had by all in the blended family gathering.

The actress reunited with her ex-husband Don and their extended family over the holiday weekend

“A bunch of family moments. Grateful for each one of them. Laughter, memories, and love,” the Oscar-nominated actress captioned her set of images, receiving a warm response from her followers.

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Leave it to David Muir to get an early head start on his holiday prep the week after Thanksgiving itself.

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The World News Tonight anchor shared a rare personal photograph of himself while out shopping to decorate his home in time for Christmas.

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He held aloft a pair of big bushy wreaths while at a Christmas tree farm, also dressed smartly in a brown jacket with a white tee and jeans, a much more casual look than what we’re used to seeing him in.

David was getting into the holiday mood early, as he even captioned his photograph with: “Alright, let’s bring some cheer.”

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Many fans could quite easily relate as one commented: “Who’s starting to decorate their Home with Christmas decorations yet ? I am.”

Another added: “You succeeded! Very merry and bright!” while a third wrote: “Xmas Cheer when you are not working so many hours!!!”

David got an early start to his holiday home prep

The decorations are likely to brighten up the journalist’s expansive upstate New York estate near the water, which he shares with his beloved pet dog Axel and often hosts family and friends at.

While David is already looking forward to Christmas and some more holiday fun, he clearly had a relaxing and spirited start to the season.

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In honor of Thanksgiving the previous Thursday, the ABC News anchor posted a beautiful photo of his older sister, Rebecca – and they look so alike!

Taking to his Instagram Stories, David shared a snapshot of his sibling setting the table for dinner. Rebecca looked beautiful in a black top as she arranged a bouquet of flowers for the centerpiece.

The ABC News anchor spent Thanksgiving with his family

“Happy Thanksgiving. My sister. Some flowers and a bunch of turkeys,” David captioned the photo. He also shared a snapshot of Axel, which he captioned: “I got some turkey too because I’m a good boy.”

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