Celebrity Singer Beyonce Asked to Remove Lyric Citing Monica Lewinsky’s Affair with Clinton

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Former White House intern Monica Lewinsky has proposed that celebrity singer Beyonce should remove a lyric referencing her affair with then-President Bill Clinton from the 2013 track Partition. This suggestion comes after celebrity singer Beyonce vowed to replace an ableist slur in her new song Heated after disability advocates and social media users slammed her. “Uhmm, while we’re at it… #Partition,” she wrote. Heated was released over eight years ago.

The proposed slur was from the track, “Renaissance,” her seventh studio album, and was dubbed “ableist” due to the singer’s use of the word “spaz,” with the artist singing: “Spazzin’ on that ass, spaz on that ass.” The lyric induced largescale outrage online, and Beyoncé’s team confirmed that it will remove the .

In the United States, the word can mean ‘freak out’ or ‘go crazy,’ but it is widely assumed that it derives from the word ‘spastic.’ The term is frequently used in a derogatory manner to describe people with disabilities, particularly those with cerebral palsy.

After the celebrity singer’s announcement, without no apology, fans believe there is no excuse for ignorance when it comes to using the word, especially after Lizzo apologized for using the same word on her song Grrrls only a few weeks ago and had the song re-recorded. Lizzo changed a line in her new album Special’s song “Grrls” after fans called her out for using the same word in June.

However, the reaction to the television personality’s tweet was mixed. Some chastised her for equating a sex scandal with being disabled. One said it was over a decade, referring to the time when Lewinsky had an affair with Clinton between 1995 and 1997. Lewinsky was a 22-year-old unpaid White House intern and the affair had led to his impeachment.

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