I’m not the biggest Beyoncé fan, though there may or may not be a video out there of me doing a terrible karaoke rendition of “Irreplaceable.” So something pretty seismic in the Beyoncé world has to happen for me to take notice — but my interest was caught when the widely beloved pop star recently faced social media backlash.
The controversy stemmed from Beyoncé’s new song, “Heated,” which includes the following lines:
“Yadda, yadda, yah, yadda, yadda, yah, yah
Yadda, yadda, yadda, bom, bom, ka, ka
Spazzin’ on that ass, spaz on that ass
Fan me quick, girl, I need my glass”
A handful of woke Twitter activists took exception to the use of “spaz” in this song, decrying it as bigoted against disabled individuals.
So @Beyonce used the word 'spaz' in her new song Heated. Feels like a slap in the face to me, the disabled community & the progress we tried to make with Lizzo. Guess I'll just keep telling the whole industry to 'do better' until ableist slurs disappear from music 💔
— Hannah Diviney (@hannah_diviney) July 30, 2022
This outrage was quickly parroted by liberal media outlets, of course. It echoes a similar controversy that emerged a couple of months ago after pop star Lizzo used “spaz” in one of her songs.