Beyonce is SLAMMED by disability charity Scope for including ableist slur TWICE

LIZZO – GRRRLS 2022

Lizzo’s newest hit GRRRLS was met with controversy when it was released in June. After the viral success of About Damn Time, the artist could do no wrong in the eyes of Gen Z, until her new song hit Spotify.

Many took issue with her use of the word ‘s**z’ in the first verse of the new song

Lizzo addressed the controversy on Twitter after she changed the lyrics.

KANYE WEST – FAMOUS, 2016

Kanye West’s Famous – from his Life of Pablo album – sees him rap about former rival Taylor Swift. 

The rapper says in the opening line: ‘I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex,’ he then went on to ‘I made that b***h famous’.

The lyrics sparked outrage and a discussion about misogyny in rap, it also caused an online row between the two artists over permission to use the lyric.

TAYLOR SWIFT – PICTURE TO BURN, 2006

Picture to Burn was released on Taylor’s Taylor Switch album, and written by her and Liz Rose and in the angsty breakup anthem, teenage Swift airs a list of grievances against an ex-boyfriend.

‘The guy I wrote this song about, I didn’t really ever “officially” date,’ Swift said of the song later.  ‘It really bothered me that he was so cocky and that’s where that song came from. 

‘I found myself just sitting there with my guitar going, “I hate his stupid truck that he doesn’t let me drive. He’s such a redneck! Oh my Gosh!” That actually became the chorus to the song, so that’s one of the most honest songs I’ve ever written.’

The song was released on the album in 2006, however, fans believe the lyrics were re-edited in 2008 to take out the fact Swift had used ‘gay’ as an insult. 

The line was also taken out of Swift’s video from 2008, replaced by the new version.

BLACK EYED PEAS – LET’S GET IT STARTED, 2003 

Before the Black Eyed Peas found fame, they released a song titled ‘Let’s Get R******d’ in 2003. 

The song was re-recorded so a less explicit version could be used in advertisements for the NBA Playoff in 2004. 

Ironically, the more appropriate version of the song was met with more commercial success, peaking at number 20 on Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks, and was later released as its own single. 

The band never addressed the title and the lyric change publicly. 

The slur comes from the the 1960s term ‘mental retardation’, which was originally introduced as a medical term to describe people with intellectual disabilities, it was since turned into an insult that was particularly prevalent in the 90s and noughties.

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