Lizzo Grrls Controversy: Last week, Lizzo put out the single “Grrrls,” but as soon as she did, the backlash began. Even though the song was meant to empower women, a lot of fans pointed out that it used an ableist slur: “Hold my bag, bitch, hold my bag/Do you see this s***? I’ma sp*zz [sic]”.
In a TikTok video, the creator of the slur said, “So Lizzo just put out a song that has an ableist slur in it.” “Words like this are so hurtful, mean, and offensive to people with disabilities.” On Twitter, things stayed the same. One fan wrote, “There’s no reason for a song to use an ableist insult in 2022.” “Lizzo preaches inclusion and should do better because she stands up for women, plus-size people, and other people who society doesn’t treat well.”
“It doesn’t matter if Lizzo knew that the word sp*z has ableist meanings; it’s still a problem,” wrote someone else. “A lot of people will sing this song and use the word in their everyday speech.”
Lizzo issues statement announcing the release of a new version of “GRRRLS” with lyric change after previous lyric was deemed ableist:
“As an influential artist I'm dedicated to being part of the change I've been waiting to see in the world.” pic.twitter.com/ydk1Xee5fA
— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) June 13, 2022
Just a few days later, Lizzo has seen that the criticism was fair and has taken steps to make things right. On Tuesday, June 14, the pop star used social media to share the new version of the song, which has different lyrics.
“It’s been brought to my attention that my new song “GRRRLS” has a bad word in it. Let me be clear about one thing: I never want to promote hurtful language,” she wrote before talking about her own life. “As a fat black woman in America, I’ve heard many hurtful things said about me, so I know how powerful words can be, whether they’re said on purpose or not.
Lizzo then said that she had changed the song’s lyrics. “This is because I listened and did something about it,” she said. “As a well-known artist, I’m determined to be a part of the change in the world I’ve been waiting for.” On Genius, the lyrics have been changed: “Hold my bag, bitch, hold my bag / Do you see this shit? Hold me back,” the words now say in the song.
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Lizzo Grrls Early Life
Lizzo was born in Detroit, Michigan, on April 27, 1988. Her real name is Melissa Viviane Jefferson. When she was 10, she moved to Texas with her family. There, she learned how to play the flute classically from the well-known music teacher Claudia Momen. Lizzo started rapping when she was a teenager, and when she was 14, she and her friends started a band called Cornrow Clique.
She went to Alief Elsik High School and then signed up to study classical music at the University of Houston. After her father died, Lizzo spent a year living in her car while she tried to break into the music business. She moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 2011. Lizzo joined the electro soul-pop duo Lizzo & the Larva Ink in Minneapolis. She also helped form the Chalice, a three-woman rap group whose first album, “We Are the Chalice,” came out in 2012.