Fox News Commentator Calls Beyoncé ‘Vile’ For Changing Ableist Lyrics – NBCNEWS

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Less than 24 hours after Beyoncé promised to change lyrics on the Renaissance track “Heated” following complaints from disability advocates about the repeated use of the skilful term “spazz” in the lyrics, a few Fox News commentators mocked the singer for listening to experts.

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During the “Seen and Unseen” segment on Monday’s show (August 1), Brian Kilmeade asked contributor Raymond Arroyo to assess the situation during a segment in which the men expressed their anger at such beloved fictional sitcom characters as the irascible bigot Archie Bunker turned into “political avatars” in today’s culture wars.

“I’ll let the audience pick the offensive part of this lyric… I dare you,” Arroyo said as he begins the portion of the song Bey sings in: “Spazzin’ on that a–/ Spazz on that a-…/ Dimples on my hip, stretch marks on my t–s/ Drinkin’ my water, mindin’ my biz/ Monday, I’m overrated, Tuesday, on my d–k/ Flip-flop, flippy, flip-floppin’ a– .”

A spokesperson for the singer told Billboard in a statement Monday morning (Aug. 1) that “the word, not intentionally used in a harmful manner, will be replaced.” The medical condition from which the slang term is derived is “spastic‘, which refers to a ‘condition in which muscles stiffen or tighten, preventing normal fluid movement’. In addition to a backlash on social media, disability advocate and writer Hannah Diviney penned an op-ed: the guard on Monday (Aug. 1), in which she said her “heart sank” when she heard the Renaissance lyrical.

“It’s not often that I don’t know what to say, left speechless by ignorance, sadness and a simmering anger that comes from bone-deep exhaustion. But that’s how I feel now,” Diviney said, pointing out that it’s only been six weeks since she called Lizzo because she’d used the same word on her. Special song “Grrls”; Lizzo was quick to respond to the controversy and removed the lyrics from the song.

Arroyo didn’t see the point, however, noting that Bey “uses the n-word, sordid terms for male/female genitals, breasts, and a–, but ‘spazz’ is the offensive term in that text,” before noting that ” some” in the disability community disagree with the use of the word that has been labeled as competent by advocates. “I don’t think she went far enough with the cleanup and the text revision,” Arroyo said as Kilmeade grinned.

Kilmeade then noted that some people get milder with age, but he said: [Beyoncé] a parent… we haven’t seen her in a while, barely dressed, dancing around and now she’s coming back, meaner than ever. Release X-rated lyrics. And what about the dimples in the community,” he added. “Are they offended by being used in her songs?”

“Or the ones with stretch marks, apparently,” Arroyo said, wondering why Drake — one of the 8 writers credited on the song — would write such lines. “Why you would sing them like a renowned woman to whom young people look, I don’t quite understand.” A spokesperson for Beyoncé had not returned Billboard‘s request for comment at the time of going to press.

While denouncing the “coarse” language in the two women’s songs, Arroyo also wondered why “trash talk is acceptable and yet we find this little word that offends people only if you really look for it and that’s the one we get out of it.” ,” he concluded as the chyron read on screen: “Singers ignore real filth, but fix their ‘ableism.’”

Watch the clip below (Beyoncé talk starts around 3:00 a.m.).

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