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Lizzo Addresses "Harmful Words" Used in New Single "Grrrls"

Lizzo Addresses "Harmful Words" Used in New Single "Grrrls"

On Monday, June 14, Lizzo addressed the controversy surrounding the lyrics in her latest track, "Grrrls."

The original song dropped on June 10, and, since then, Lizzo has been facing backlash over an offensive term towards those with disabilities. The song contained the word "sp-z," which is a derogatory derivation of the medical term, “spastic.” The original lyrics in the song were: "Hold my bag/ Do you see this s---?/ I'm a sp-z/ I'm about to knock somebody out/ Yo, where my best friend?/ She the only one I know to talk me off the deep end."

Lizzo recently apologized in a Twitter post about the distasteful lyrics in her song.

She wrote,

“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..."

Following her apology, the "Juice" singer released a new version of her song with changed lyrics. Fans were happy to see the pop star take immediate accountability for her actions.

She continued in her post,

“As an influential artist I’m dedicated to being part of the change I’ve been waiting to see in the world.”

This song will join her Top 10 Billboard hit song, "About Damn Time," on an album called "Special" that releases on July 15.

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