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Lizzo Changed an Ableist Lyric in Her New Song “Grrrls” After Backlash

Lizzo at the Met Gala in 2022
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If there’s one thing Lizzo is going to do, it’s give the world a bop. However, her latest song “Grrrls” did not deliver. In fact, the track did quite the opposite, sparking a backlash over a lyric that many people in the disabled community say is ableist.

Released on June 10, the song used the term “sp*z,” which is short for spastic. In the first verse of the track, Lizzo sang: “Do you see this sh*t? I’m a sp*z.” Disabled critics on the internet then pointed out that the term is offensive:

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After being called out, Lizzo then released a statement on June 13 where she took accountability for her mistake and explained she would change the lyric:

“It’s been brought to my attention that there is a harmful word in my new song “GRRRLS”. Let me make one thing clear: I never want to promote derogatory language,” the “Juice” singer wrote on Twitter. “As a fat black woman in America, I’ve had many hateful words used against me so I understand the power words can have (whether intentionally or in my case unintentionally). I’m proud to say there’s a new version of GRRRLS with a lyric change.”

Lizzo’s new version of “Grrrls” is out now on music streaming platforms. It replaces the old lyric with “hold me back.”

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