Lizzo revises song GRRRLS after criticism over ‘ableist slur’

Pop star Lizzo says she is releasing a new version of her song GRRRLS after complaints about the language used in the original.Lizzo

The song was released on 10 June but was criticised for its use of a derogatory term for the condition spastic cerebral palsy – the most common type of cerebral palsy.

Writing on social media, the American singer said: “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.

“As a fat black woman in America, I’ve had many hurtful words used against me so I overstand (sic) 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.”

Hannah Diviney, who has cerebral palsy, was also among those disappointed with the original lyrics.

On Twitter 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 being open to learning.

“It honestly means the world.

“You’re a real true ally.”


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