Today, Lizzo announced via social media that she’s going to release a new version of the GRRRLS song to remove “SP*Z,” a fabled slur featured in the previous version.
“It has been brought to my attention that my new song ‘GRRRLS’ contains a harmful word,” she shared in a Twitter post. “Let me make one thing clear: I never want to promote abusive language. As a fat black woman in America, there have been many hurtful words used against me, so I can understand the power words (whether intentionally or, in my case, unintentionally,)” she continued. “I’m proud to say there’s a new version of GRRRLS with a song change. It’s the result of my listening and taking action. As an influential artist, I’m dedicated to being a part of the change I see in the world.” I am waiting
Lyrics of the song are: “Hold my bag, b***h, hold my bag Do you see it s**t? I’m a sp**z.”
People were quick to address the song as one Twitter user addressed and explained why the term is harmful to the disability and mental illness community.
Oho @lizzo My disability cerebral palsy is literally classified as spastic diplegia (where spastic refers to endless painful stiffness in my legs) Your new song makes me very angry + sad. ‘Spaz’ does not mean crazy or insane. This is a capable abuse. This is 2022. do better
— Hannah Diviney (@hannah_diviney) 12 June 2022
The composer received a deluge of criticism from the lyrics, prompting him to announce his decision to change the lyrics.
Lizzo’s album Specific drops July 15, and the first single, “About Demon Time” is already a Top 10 hit.