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Beyoncé criticised for using offensive lyric on her Renaissance album

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Beyoncé is facing criticism for using an ableist slur in some lyrics on her new album, Renaissance.

The derogatory term, often used to demean people with spastic cerebral palsy, occurs twice in the song Heated, co-written by Canadian star Drake.

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It comes just a couple of weeks after US pop star Lizzo apologised for using the same word in her song GRRRLS.

After that incident, Beyoncé’s new song “feels like a slap in the face”, says disability advocate Hannah Diviney.

“I’m tired and frustrated that we’re having this conversation again so soon after we got such a meaningful and progressive response from Lizzo,” she tells the BBC.

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Disability charity Scope are asking Beyoncé to re-record the song, omitting the insult.

“Words matter because they reinforce the negative attitudes disabled people face every day,” says media manager Warren Kirwan.

“Beyoncé has long been a champion of inclusivity and equality, so we’d urge her to remove this offensive lyric.”

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The BBC has contacted Beyoncé’s team for a response.

“It’s so annoying because it’s so catchy,” says BBC disability correspondent Nikki Fox. “But it’s a horrible word.

“It’s a word we would never, ever use in the UK – although we recognise it’s sometimes used differently in the US.”

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Fox notes that the track has 11 writers, and would have been cleared by several people at Beyoncé’s record label.

“If you think of how many people that song will go through and not one of them thought, ‘Hang on a minute’, and not one person was not aware of the hoo-hah when Lizzo used the same word. It’s very disappointing.”

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Similar comments spread across social media after Renaissance was released last Friday.

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“What was the point of Lizzo changing her lyrics if Beyoncé could just casually drop a song that has the same exact words in it?” asked epilepsy campaigner @theblackgirlwarrior on TikTok (warning – video contains expletives).

Her video also addressed Beyoncé fans who claimed the insult has different connotations in the US – where it is often used to mean “freaking out” or “going crazy” (although those terms can themselves be insensitive to people with mental health conditions).

“The s-word will forever be harmful to people in the disability community… that’s not going away,” she said in her video.

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“After the outcry from Lizzo… I can’t believe that nobody in Beyoncé’s team was aware of how hurtful the word is to many within the disabled community,” agreed autism advocate Callum Stephen on Twitter.

“Language is such a complex thing and words can validly mean different things to different people, but I don’t see why any artist would use a word in their song that causes so much upset to millions worldwide.”

Clarinet player Tara Allen recalled how the word had been used against her as a child, in a message directed towards Beyoncé’s official Twitter account.

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“As a disabled [person] who grew up being called a sp@z… to diminish my NeuroDivergent experiences, belittle me, and bully me, I am beyond words hurt you have chosen to use this word in your song,” she wrote.

“You’ve hurt the community, apologise and change.”

In June, Lizzo faced a similar outcry over her song, GRRRLS. Within days, she apologised and re-recorded the song, removing the offensive lyric.

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“Let me make one thing clear: I never want to promote derogatory language,” she wrote in a statement posted to social media.

“As a fat black woman in America, I’ve had many hurtful words used against me so I understand the power words can have (whether intentionally or in my case, unintentionally).”

Hannah Diviney acknowledged it might be harder to elicit an apology from Beyoncé, “because of how much more elevated she is, culturally-speaking.

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“But equally, that makes me more determined for a response.”

Kelis criticism

Heated is not the only song on Beyonce’s seventh studio album to attract criticism.

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Last week, R&B star Kelis accused the star of “theft” after learning her anthem Milkshake had been interpolated on a song called Energy (interpolation is when one song references another, without directly sampling it).

Kelis said she had not been informed in advance, and that her “mind is blown” by the “level of disrespect”.

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“It’s not hard. She can contact me, right?” Kelis said on Instagram. “It’s common decency.”

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However, Beyoncé would not have had to seek Kelis’s permission to reference Milkshake, as she is not a credited writer on the song and does not own the copyright.

Instead, permission would have been sought from writer/producers Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo – who duly receive a share of the royalties from Energy.

It appears that the basis of Kelis’s disagreement lies with them. She has previously accused the duo, professionally known as the Neptunes, of “lying and tricking” her into a bad deal, which gave them the rights to her music instead of splitting the royalties three ways.

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In an Instagram video about Beyoncé’s song, she confirmed that they were the source of her frustration.

“Publishing was stolen, people were swindled out of rights. It happens all the time, especially back then. So it’s not about me being mad about Beyoncé.

“Pharrell knows better,” she added. “This is a direct hit at me [and] he does this stuff all the time. The reason I’m annoyed is because I know it was on purpose.”

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Neither Pharrell Williams nor Chad Hugo could be reached for comment.

SOURCE: BBC

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Pete Davidson in Trauma Therapy Due to Kanye West’s Harassment – Report

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Pete Davidson has reportedly been seeking the help of a trauma therapist in order to deal with the harassment he’s been getting from Kanye West.

On Monday (Aug. 8), People published a report stating that a source close to Pete Davidson says the comedic actor has been in trauma therapy since April “in large part” due to threats and harassing social media posts aimed at him by Kanye West.

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“The attention and negativity coming from Kanye and his antics is a trigger for [Pete], and he’s had to seek out help,” the source tells People.

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Pete Davidson and Ye’s ex-wife Kim Kardashian recently parted ways after dating for nine months. During that time, Pete has publicly been the subject of Kanye West’s ire numerous time.

“[Pete] has no regrets for dating Kim and wants it to be made very clear that she’s been nothing but supportive of him throughout their relationship,” the source continues. “Moving forward he just wants to focus on his career.”

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Pete Davidson and Kim Kardashian started dating shortly after she split with Kanye West, which almost immediately got a reaction from Ye. Back in January, Kanye dissed Pete on The Game track “Eazy.” After further taunts from Ye, Pete took a break from Instagram. Ye and Game would later drop a video for “Eazy,” which appears to show Kanye kidnapping and burying Pete. Pete finally clapped back by bragging to Kanye about bagging his exKanye would later be suspended from Instagram for 24 hours due in part to his bullying of Pete.

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 Most recently, Kanye posted a faux New York Times headline on Instagram that read “Skete Davidson Dead at Age 28,” in the wake of news that Pete and Kim had split. He has since deleted the post.

Pete has had a much-publicized battle with mental health. In May, Pete left his long-time gig at Saturday Night Live.

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Kim Kardashian Is Demanding Kanye West Delete ‘Skete Davidson Dead’ Post

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Kim Kardashian is reportedly upset over Kanye West‘s faux Pete Davidson death announcement on Instagram and is demanding he remove the post.

On Monday (Aug. 8), DailyMail reported that sources close to the socialite tell them Kim is livid over Ye’s most recent antic.

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“Kim won’t stand for this. She is demanding that Kanye take the post down, but he won’t,” the source told the publication. “She has been vigorously defending Pete. She’ll never get back together with Kanye over the way he’s treated the people she loves and respects. She has tried incredibly hard to have a good co-parenting situation for the children.”

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“[Kim] won’t stand for this type of behavior from him,” the source added. However, according to DM, Ye won’t take the post down.

As of press time, the post remains on Instagram. XXL has reached out to Kim Kardashian’s team for comment.

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Kanye West was trending on Twitter this morning after he posted a faux New York Times article with the headline “Skete Davidson Dead at Age 28” on Instagram.

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Ye also took a swipe at Kid Cudi adding,  “Kid Cudi meant to play funeral but fearful of bottle throwers,” a reference to Cudder recently walking off stage at Rolling Loud Miami after items were thrown at him.

, Kim Kardashian Is Demanding Kanye West Delete ‘Skete Davidson Dead’ Post, Frederick Nuetei

Kanye West’s jabs come in the wake of news that his ex-wife Kim Kardashian has split with Pete Davidson after nine months, and reports that Ye’s frequent collaborator Mike Dean was removed from Cudi’s upcoming Moon Man’s Landing festival.

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In the midst of all this, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian are still going through divorce proceedings. Kanye West’s fifth divorce attorney recently stepped down citing their irretrievably broken attorney-client relationship.

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