Lizzo has been asked by her fans to remove an offensive lyric in her new song ‘Grrrls’.
The song was released on Friday 10 June, and almost immediately received criticism
from disability advocates.
Lizzo uses a derogatory term for a form of cerebral palsy known as spastic diplegia in
the first verse.
“It’s absolutely shocking, It really made me flinch,” says talent agent Abbie Hills, who
has cerebral palsy.
“Why you would choose that word when there’s so many other options? It’s just
On social media, other fans have said there is “no excuse” for using the “derogatory
and harmful” slur.
Another said on Tik Tok “Please remove the s-word from your song.”
Another fan also sent Lizzo a long message on Twitter about the word and cerebral
palsy: “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.”
Lizzo is not the first singer to be criticized for using the word.
Rapper Bhad Barbie was similarly criticized for using the slur as the title of a 2019