Beyoncé Addresses Lyric Backlash
Queen Bey has listened to the backlash against the use of an "ableist slur" on her latest album, "Renaissance." The offensive word derived from the term spastic diplegia, a medical condition in which muscles stiffen or tighten making it difficult to control physical movement, will be removed according to the pop superstar, with a spokesman telling Billboard the word was not used intentionally in a harmful way. The incident comes just six weeks after Lizzo replaced the same word in her song "Grrrls." "Renaissance" is currently the most streamed album in a single day in 2022 by a female artist.
Hollywood Men Join Abortion Demands
Last week, 400 women in Hollywood including Ava Duvernay, Shonda Rhimes, and Issa Rae signed a letter demanding major production companies from Netflix to Disney outline specific protocols to protect pregnant employees working in anti-abortion states. Now, nearly 600 male showrunners and creatives, including Jordan Peele, Donald Glover, and Aaron Sorkin, are echoing the demands. The letters come in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade, the landmark case that provided national abortion protections, and as numerous states reinstate earlier abortion plans or add newer, more restrictive regulations against the procedure.
After activist, advocate, and actor Nichelle Nichols passed away over the weekend, tributes have been pouring in to commemorate and mourn the Star Trek legend. Zoe Saldaña, who took up the mantle of Nichols' Trek character, Lt. Nyota Uhura in the latest rebooted films, took to Instagram on Monday to memorialize the trailblazer. "I knew I had big shoes to fill when I was chosen to play Uhura, and Nichelle made me feel safe, told me to play her with all the confidence in the world. My hope is that we continue to keep her memory alive by celebrating her amazing body of work, and by spreading the message of peace and equality amongst all people," she said. Meanwhile, Whoopi Goldberg, another Star Trek alum, gave a moving tribute to the late Nichols on The View. She was “a trailblazer, a heroine, and an extraordinary woman, someone who inspired millions and millions of people but inspired me because I explained when I went to get my gig at Star Trek Nichelle was the first Black person I’d ever seen who made it to the future," Goldberg said.