Lizzo Changes 'Grrrls' Single After Criticism To Ableist Lyrics

June 14, 2022

By: Mary Moore

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Three-time Grammy Award-winning singer Lizzo is releasing a new version of her “Grrrls” single after receiving backlash over ableism lyrics. The original single just dropped on Friday and it’s got fans talking. 

Fans were not so happy with Lizzo’s line in her song. "Hold my bag, bitch, hold my bag / Do you see this s—? I'm a sp-z."

Lizzo wasted no time responding to what many were calling an ableist slur when she used the lyric "sp-z" since it’s associated with people with disabilities. Many suffer from some form of impaired movement with exaggerated reflexes, floppiness or spasticity of the limbs and trunk, unusual posture, involuntary movements, unsteady walking, or some combination of these, according to the Mayo Clinic.

The “Truth Hurts” songstress took to social media to announce the song's changes and to let fans know that she was listening. 

"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," Lizzo wrote in an Instagram post.

"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."

“This is the result of me listening and taking action. As an influential artist, I’m dedicated to being a part of the change I’ve been waiting to see in the world.. Xoxo, Lizzo.”

After seeing Lizzo acknowledge the issue, fans thanked her for stepping up and making things right by them.

@DrSamiSchalk wrote, “When I say love on @lizzo today I mean it. Go comment on & like her shit because a bunch of people outside of the #disability community are mocking her for changing a word in her song; insisting it’s PC/cancel culture. Go love on our socially responsible queen. #Grrrls #Lizzo .” 


@haredottir wrote, “ Lizzo made a mistake, took feedback from good faith education arguments, apologized, and changed her song.”

And it's really wild to see people still trying to drag her for it, without acknowledging the effort made to do better.

But will continue to give passes to others

The full album for “Special” will be released on July 15.

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