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Diane Warren Is Sorry for the Beyoncé Shade

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Diane Warren made the mistake of disturbing the BeyHive on Twitter on August 1, which is a lot like disturbing a regular bee hive, but instead of physical stings you get a swarm of verbal abuse. 

“How can there be 24 writers on a song,” Warren tweeted, along with an eye-roll emoji, apparently in response to the double-digit songwriting credits on many of the tracks on Beyoncé’s Renaissance. Warren is the songwriter behind iconic hits such as “Don’t Want to Miss a Thing,” so she knows a thing or two about the craft. That doesn’t mean she knows everything, however, which Queen Bey’s legions of fans were more than happy to point out. 

Less than seven hours after the original tweet, Warren tweeted again, walking back her original comment. “Ok, I meant no disrespect to [Beyoncé], who I’ve worked with and admire. I’m sorry for the misunderstanding.” According to Vulture, Warren wrote Beyoncé’s “I Was Here” in 2011. She also told Rolling Stone that “every collaborator who worked on this record should be celebrated.” However, the artist’s tepid, I’m-sorry-you-feel-that-way apology may have been too little too late for the Hive. 

Warren had already spent a lot of time in the comments section defending her original position. Responding to one person who asked why she didn’t understand how samples work, Warren replied, “Cos I don’t use them.” And when singer-songwriter The-Dream took the time to give the older artist some historical perspective—Black artists, he wrote, started using samples because they couldn’t “afford certain things starting out” and turned them into an art form—Warren responded coldly, “No need to be mean about it.”

Maybe it’s time for Diane Warren to listen and learn—as Beyoncé herself just did by removing an ableist slur from one of her songs. 

Originally Appeared on Glamour