Singer Lizzo is slammed by fans for using a controversial slur on song ‘Grrrls’ – but forgiven after rehash.
Singer/rap star Lizzo has removed an offensive term for disabled people from her latest song after public criticism, saying she “never wanted to promote derogatory language”.
In the opening verse, the star – who has become well-known for her lyrics championing self acceptance – used a derogatory term for ‘spastic diplegia’, a form of cerebral palsy.
The song was immediately slammed by fans and disability advocates, with tweets.
The star tweeted, “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 the derogatory language. As a fat black woman in America, I’ve had many hurtful words used against me so I overstand 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 part of the change I’ve been waiting to see in the world. Xoxo, Lizzo.“
Among those who had criticised the original song was disability charity Scope, which wrote on Twitter: “Your songs spread the message of self-acceptance.
“Please don’t leave disabled people out by using slurs in your lyrics.
“Self-love should be for everyone. We know you can do better.”
Twitter user Hannah Diviney, who has cerebral palsy, was also among those disappointed with the original lyrics.
On the site she said the use of “an ableist slur” made her feel “pretty angry and sad”, adding: “It’s 2022. Do better.”
But after news that the song had been revised, she wrote: “I’m going to cry.
“Thank you so much for hearing us, Lizzo, and for understanding that this was only ever meant gently, and for being open to learning.
It honestly means the world. You’re a real true ally.”