Lizzo drops new version of song after disability activists criticize ‘ableist slur’

‘Good as Hell’ singer Lizzo has officially changed the lyrics of a new song after fierce criticism from disability activists.

The body-positive singer dropped her new single “GRRRLS” on June 10, much to the delight of fans, but when listeners got to the third line of lyrics, they were shocked to hear a skilled slur sung by the 34-year-old. used.

Intended to celebrate the power of female friendship, the song uses the term sp–z in its opening line, which disability activists have called “disappointing” and “harmful.”

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Still, the singer has been quick to respond to activists’ calls and has now created a new version of the song that doesn’t use the slur.

The original sentence was: “Hold my bag, b—h, hold my bag / See this sh-t? I’ma sp–z.”

Now the new version will read: “Hold my bag, b—h, hold my bag / Do you see this sh-t? Hold me back”, according to the text on Genius

When the issue came out, the appearance activist and Australian writer and speaker Carly Findlay shared criticism on her social media, explaining why the slur was harmful.

“Maybe you saw that @lizzobeeating has used a slur on a handicap in her latest issue. She used a derivative of the S word, which refers to physical disabilities,” Findlay wrote in her post.

“The taint comes from a medical condition and associated movements, and it is used to joke about the movements of the condition. This is so disappointing. Lizzo claims to be inclusive, and yet… she was wrong end.”

Lizzo attends the Warner Music & CIROC BRIT Awards house party, in association with GQ, at The Chiltern Firehouse on February 18, 2020 in London, England.
Lizzo attends the Warner Music & CIROC BRIT Awards house party, in association with GQ, at The Chiltern Firehouse on February 18, 2020 in London, England. (Getty)

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Now the singer has openly responded to these comments, which have sprung up since ‘GRRLS’ disappeared, angering thousands of activists, supporters and those who identify with the disabled community on Instagram, TikTok, Facebook and Twitter.

Shared in a post on Instagramthe pop star explained why she made sure to act quickly, citing her own vulnerability to slander in her own life and career.

“It has been brought to my attention that there is a harmful word in my new song ‘GRRRLS’,” Lizzo wrote in her post. “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 (intentionally or in my case, unintentionally).”

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She continued: “I am proud to say that there is a new version of ‘GRRRLS’ with a lyrics change. This is the result of my listening and taking action. As an influential artist I am committed to being part of the change which I’ve been waiting to see in the world. XoxO, Lizzo.’

While Lizzo has been happy to comment publicly on this new version of ‘GRRRLS’. it’s not clear what will be done with the original version of the song or whether it will still be played and made available to purchase, download and stream.

Yet activists who publicly criticized the singer now praised her for her quick response.

Carly Findlay was one of the first to let her followers know about Lizzo’s news, after calling the original song “so disappointing” and demanding the singer “do better”.

Findlay has re-shared Lizzo’s Instagram post to her Instagram Stories and Facebook, but has not yet commented publicly on how she feels about the news.

Lizzo’s post itself has received thousands of likes and comments, and many fans are happy with the change.

“Showing the world that it really is that easy to just listen and make the change. I love you,” one person wrote.

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Carly Findlay in a photo taken at her birthday dinner just before she was rejected by a cab driver.
Outward activist Carly Findlay called on Lizzo to “do better” on her various social media accounts after the release of “GRRRLS.” (Twitter)
Outward activist Carly Findlay again shared a post explaining why Lizzo's song was harmful.
On her Instagram Stories, activist Carly Findlay shared another post explaining why Lizzo’s song was harmful. (Instagram / @carlyfindlay)

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Another commented: “Thank you, as a person with disabilities I appreciate you listening and making the change.”

Many fans commented that they had not realized that the word was harmful.

“Queen thangs!! I didn’t know that word was harmful either. We all learn from this!” praised another fan.

Under Findlay’s own redistribution of Lizzo’s posther followers, many of whom are supporters or identify with the disabled community, shared a deeper discussion about why Lizzo’s quick response was so satisfying.

“That’s a great response… that word is used a lot on social media, Instagram in particular, and often by people who should know better. Changing lyrics isn’t difficult,” commented one person.

“This response really matches everything else I’ve seen [Lizzo] do and say, I appreciate the consistency and honesty. Most performers just complain they didn’t mean it that way or apologize without taking action,” wrote another.

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