Lizzo removes derogatory term against the disabled from new song ‘Grrrls’ after facing backlash

Days after being called out for her derogatory lyrics about people with disabilities in her new song “Grrrls,” pop star Lizzo issued a written apology to her fans and removed the offensive term from the song. She unveiled the new track on Friday and it’s part of the musician’s upcoming album “Special.”

Shortly after the song’s release, fans and disability advocates slammed the singer with tweets and TikToks explaining the history and offensive nature of the term which has been shared and liked hundreds of thousands of times. .

Lizzo, known for her lyrics about self-acceptance and self-love, had used a pejorative term for spastic diplegia which is a form of cerebral palsy.

On Monday, Lizzo wrote, “It has come 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. 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.)”

The singer added that she was proud to release a new version of the song.

“This is the result of my listening and my doing,” she wrote. “As an influential artist, I’m dedicated to being part of the change I’ve been waiting to see in the world.”

On Monday, the previous version of “Grrrls” was replaced on streaming services and digital stores with the new lyrics “Hold Me Down.” The song did not have a music video. Lizzo’s new album “Special” is due out in July.

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