LIZZO has come under fire for using an ableist slur in the lyrics of their new song Grrrls.
The 34-year-old singer has been criticized by disability activists for saying “sp**” on the track, which was released on June 10th.
“Sp**” is a term derived from the word “spastic”, which is used in medicine to describe the spasms that can occur with a condition such as cerebral palsy.
Lizzo, real name Melissa Jefferson, sings in the first verse of the Grrrls, “Hold my bag, bitch, hold my bag / You see that shit? Ima sh**.”
In the UK it is considered more offensive than in the US, where it more often refers to “go crazy” or “lose your mind”.
Critics demanded that Lizzo either censor the “offensive” word or remove it from the song entirely.
One tweeted: “My disability Cerebral Palsy is literally classified as spastic diplegia (where spasticity means endless painful tension in my legs) your new song makes me very angry + sad.
“’Sp**’ doesn’t mean ‘crazy’ or ‘crazy’. This is an abyssal insult. Outside is 2022. Do better.”
Another added: “I’m disappointed that Lizzo used the word ‘sp**’ in her new song ‘Grrrls’. In 2022, there is no excuse for using an ableist slur in a song.
“As someone who advocates for women, plus size people, and others who are mistreated by society, Lizzo preaches inclusiveness and must push for more.”
A third user wrote: “Hey @lizzo please remove the word ‘sp**’ from your new song because it’s offensive and really offensive to people with disabilities.”
Another fan wrote: “It doesn’t matter if Lizzo knew the ableist connotations of the word sp**, it’s still problematic. So many people will sing this song and integrate this word into their everyday language.
“Many people with disabilities have already raised her, and if she doesn’t change, I will be devastated.”
Lizzo, who is dating comedian Mike Wright, has yet to publicly address the backlash.
Grrrls is the second song she has released from her forthcoming fourth album Special, which will be released on July 15th.
This will be her first album since 2019’s breakthrough Cuz I Love You.
Lizzo also came under fire last October for calling Chris Brown her “favorite person in the world” – 12 years after he attacked Rihanna.
In 2009, Chris pleaded guilty to assaulting his then-girlfriend, which is one of the reasons fans express their “sadness” over Lizzo’s continued love for him.
The video, which was circulated on social media, captured the Truth Hurts singer meeting Chris backstage at a concert and showing him how big of a fan she is.
Lizzo saw her friend, the 32-year-old R&B artist, in the hallway and quickly asked if he would pose for a photo with her.
“Because you are my favorite person in the whole fucking world,” she explained to him and everyone around why she so badly wanted to take a picture with him.
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The couple ended up smiling and taking several pictures together, much to the dismay of fans after a video of the interaction went viral.
One frustrated Twitter user wrote: “I am so saddened by this whole situation. Like…why?
The second confessed, “It’s not that I expect a lot from celebrities (because I don’t), but damn, it stings a little.”
Lizzo’s association with Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty brands was raised when she walked in Rihanna’s 2020 fashion show.
Chris attacked ex-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009 after they got into a fight in his car.
After pleading guilty in the assault case, he was sentenced to five years’ probation and more than 2,000 hours of community service.
The singer was again accused of beating a woman in Los Angeles in June 2021 and facing battery charges.
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