Lizzo was under fire after Twitter (being Twitter) decided a word she used in her new “GRRRLS” single was offensive. Subsequently, the Grammy Award winner placated her critics and released a new version of the song, this time without the word “spaz.”
The internet was divided on Lizzo’s swift removal of the word and flooded The Shade Room’s comment section with their opinions. The Game was one of them. The Los Angeles-bred rapper, who’s always been supportive of Lizzo, was confused by the internet’s attempt to “cancel” the 34-year-old singer.
“Spaz is like wildin out,” he wrote. “I’m lost.” Gangsta Boo also spoke her peace, writing, “This is really aggravating! The internet gave WAY TOOOOOOOOOOOO MANY people voices to cry.”
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Lizzo started to get inundated with tweets over the weekend regarding the Beastie Boys-sampling song. As one person wrote, “I’m disappointed @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.”
So on Monday (June 13), Lizzo addressed the backlash in a Twitter post that read, “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 a part of the change I’ve been waiting to see in the world. Xoxo, Lizzo.”
Check out the updated version below.