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If you're a Lizzo fan, or if you just like listening to the radio, there's a good chance you've heard her new single "Grrrls."
The song was released June 9, and it's the latest single from her forthcoming album, Special, which sees release July 15.
The song features the lyric "Do you see this shit / I'mma spaz," the last word of which is largely seen by the disabled community as an ableist slur.
Hey @lizzo my disability Cerebral Palsy is literally classified as Spastic Diplegia (where spasticity refers to unending painful tightness in my legs) your new song makes me pretty angry + sad. ‘Spaz’ doesn’t mean freaked out or crazy. It’s an ableist slur. It’s 2022. Do better.
As NME points out, disability advocates have criticized the inclusion of the slur and, in some cases, have called for its removal.
I’m disappointed in @lizzo for using the word “sp@z” in her new song “Grrrls”. There’s no excuse for using an ableist insult in a song in 2022. As someone who champions women, plus size people and others whom society treats poorly, Lizzo preaches inclusivity and should do better.
I’d like to add that this is not a hate tweet; it’s a call for a talented person in a position of power who knows how to use their platform for good to approach ableism with greater sensitivity and apologise for their mistake. I’m not here to cancel Lizzo, but to inspire change.
I hope that somehow Lizzo sees the tweets I and many others have written and does the complete opposite to what Sia did. By that, I mean owning the mistake, apologising and amending the song. You can’t raise girls up by mocking disabled people (many of whom are girls).
Everybody makes mistakes. What is important is how we handle them and grow from them. I can only speak for myself, but I’d love it if Lizzo apologised and use her platform to raise awareness of the issues disabled people face, then release a brilliant and *inclusive* album. ❤️
Oh @lizzoA VERY influential figure, using the word sp@z in her new song. An offensive and derogatory term. As someone who’s written about the use of disability language, especially slang/slur words which have been used in schools, this is a huge step back.Please, remove it.