Lizzo has removed an offensive term for disabled people from her song ‘Grrrls’ following a public backlash.
Released last Friday, the track had a derogatory term for those with a form of cerebral palsy called spastic diplegia, which could be heard within the first 12 seconds.
“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).
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“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.”
Fans had criticised the Detroit singer over the weekend, including writer and disability advocate Hannah Diviney, who said the term was “an ableist slur” and said Lizzo’s song had made her feel “angry + sad” (sic) as a result.
Since Lizzo announced the decision late yesterday, however, fans have since praised her move as an example of a big artist taking feedback onboard and making change.
“I fuckin wish other big artists were like this but instead they take all the hate and pretend they can’t do anything about it,” wrote one person in response to Lizzo’s Instagram.
“Showing the world it really is that easy to simply listen & make the change,” wrote another.