Lizzo has heard the cry of her fans and is ready to change the lyrics of her single “GRRRLS”.
Today, Lizzo announced via social media that she will be releasing a new version of the song GRRRLS to remove an ability slur “sp*z” featured in the previous version.
“It has come to my attention that there is a harmful word in my new song ‘GRRRLS’,” she shared in a post on Twitter. “Let me make one thing clear: I never want to promote derogatory language. As a fat black woman in America, I’ve had a lot of hurtful words used against me, so I understand the power that words can have ( whether intentionally or in my case, unintentionally),” she continued, “I’m proud to say there’s a new version of GRRRLS with a lyric change. It is the result of my listening and my action. As an influential artist, I am dedicated to being part of the change I have been waiting to see in the world.
The lyrics say, “Hold my bag, b***h, hold my bag Do you see this shit? I’m a sp**z.
People were quick to address the lyrics when a Twitter user took to it and explained why the word is hurtful to the disability and mental illness community.
Hey @lizzo my disability, cerebral palsy, is literally classified as spastic diplegia (where spasticity refers to endless painful tightness in my legs) your new song makes me pretty angry + sad. “Spaz” does not mean panicked or crazy. It’s an ableist insult. It’s 2022. Do better.
— Hannah Diviney (@hannah_diviney) June 12, 2022
The musician received a barrage of criticism over the lyrics, which led her to announce the decision to change the lyrics.
Lizzo’s album Special released on July 15 and first single, “About Damn Time” is already in the top 10.