LIZZO was slammed for using an ableist slur in the lyrics to her new song “Grrrls.”
The 34-year-old singer came under fire from disability activists for saying “sp**” in the track, which was released on June 10.
“Sp**” is a term derived from the word “spastic,” which is used medically to describe the spasms one can experience due to a condition like cerebral palsy.
Lizzo, real name Melissa Jefferson, sings in the first verse of Grrrls: “Hold my bag, b****, hold my bag / Do you see this s***? Ima sp**.”
It’s considered more offensive in the UK than in the US, where it more commonly refers to “freak out” or “go crazy”.
Critics urged Lizzo to either censor the “offensive” word or remove it from the song altogether.
One tweeted: “My disability, cerebral palsy, is literally classified as spastic diplegia (where spasticity refers to an infinite painful tightness in my legs). Your new song makes me quite angry + sad.
“‘Sp**’ doesn’t mean freaky or crazy. It’s an ableistic arc. It’s 2022. Make it better.”
Another added: “I’m disappointed in Lizzo for using the word ‘sp**’ in her new song ‘Grrrls’. There’s no excuse for using an ableistic slur in a song in 2022.
“As someone who champions women, plus-size people, and others who are mistreated by society, Lizzo preaches inclusivity and should do better.”
A third user wrote: “Hey @lizzo please remove the word ‘sp**’ from your new song as it is an insult and really offends the disabled community.”
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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 incorporate the word into their everyday language.
“She’s raised a lot of disabled people now, and if she doesn’t change, I’ll be so devastated.”
Lizzo – who is dating comedian Myke Wright – has yet to publicly respond to the backlash.
Grrrls is the second song she has released from her upcoming fourth album Special, which will be released on July 15th.
It’s her first album since her breakthrough Cuz I Love You in 2019.
Lizzo also came under fire in October last year for calling Chris Brown her “favourite 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 have expressed their “sorrow” at Lizzo’s continued love for him.
A video shared on social media showed the Truth Hurts singer meeting Chris backstage at a concert and showing him just how big her fan is.
Lizzo spotted her R&B colleague, 32, in the hallway and quickly asked if he would pose for a photo with her.
“Because you’re my favorite person in the whole damn world,” she explained to him and everyone else why she wanted the picture with him so badly.
The couple smiled and snuggled up for a few snaps, much to the dismay of fans after video of the interaction went online.
One angry Twitter user wrote: “I am so saddened by this whole situation. How why”
A second admitted: “It’s not like I expect much from celebrities (I don’t) but damn that stings a little.”
Lizzo’s association with Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty brands was addressed when she appeared at Rihanna’s 2020 runway show.
Chris attacked former girlfriend Rihanna in 2009 after the two got into an argument in his car.
After pleading guilty to the assault charge, he was sentenced to five years probation and over 2,000 hours of community service.
The singer was accused again of hitting a woman in Los Angeles in June 2021 and is facing battery charges.
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https://www.the-sun.com/entertainment/5548867/lizzo-slammed-ableist-slur-new-song-grrrls-lyric/ Lizzo slammed her for using insults in her new song “Grrrls,” as angry fans demanded the lyrics be removed