Lizzo has released a new version of her single “Grrrls” after receiving backlash from disability advocates for including the word “spaz” in the opening lines of the song.
The original version of the track sparked heated debate among fans, who were disappointed by the singer’s decision to include the pejorative term. In the medical field, “spasmodic” refers to a disability that makes it difficult to control muscles, especially the arms and legs.
A Twitter user tweeted: “Hey @lizzo my Cerebral Palsy disability is literally classified as Spastic Diplegia (where spasticity refers to endless painful tightness in my legs) your new song makes me quite angry + sad. ‘Spaz’ doesn’t mean freaked out or crazy. That’s an ableist slur. It’s 2022. Do better.
Lizzo responded on Instagram, posting the lyric replacement announcement and explaining her decision to release a new version of the song. “Let’s be clear on one thing: I never want to promote derogatory language,” she wrote, before going on to explain how “proud” she was that she had taken the steps to “listen and act.”
In the original track, Lizzo sings, “Hold my bag, bitch, hold my bag/ You see that shit? I am a spaz. The new version now has Lizzo singing, “Hold my bag, bitch, Hold my bag / You see that shit? Hold me down.” Listen to the updated track below.
At the time of publication, the track has only been updated on Lizzo’s YouTube. The release of “Grrrls” follows the buzz of Lizzo’s “About Damn Time” favored by TikTok, and serves as the second single from the pop singer’s upcoming studio album “Special.” The new project is set to arrive on July 15 via Nice Life Recording Company/Atlantic Records.