Pop star Lizzo changes derogatory lyric after backlash against "ableist slur"

14 June 2022, 08:20 | Updated: 14 June 2022, 08:34

Lizzo has announced she will change the lyrics of the song
Lizzo has announced she will change the lyrics of the song. Picture: Alamy

By Asher McShane

Pop star Lizzo will release a new version of her recent song Grrrls with a "lyric change" after receiving a backlash over the use of an ableist slur.

Lizzo has faced a backlash after the song's release for using a derogatory term for the condition spastic cerebral palsy in the opening verse.

Fans said they were "shocked" at the use of the term and asked her to re-record the song with alternative words.

Lizzo said she "never want(s) to promote derogatory language" and said she was "dedicated to being part of the change I've been waiting to see in the world".

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Disability charity Scope urged her not to leave disabled people out of her message of "self-acceptance" and to change the lyrics used.

Writing on social media, she acknowledged her role "as an influential artist" and said the decision was a result of her "listening and taking action".

"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 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."

In a previous statement, Scope wrote on Twitter: "Dear @Lizzo, 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."

The singer is known for promoting body positivity and self-love in her music.

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