Lizzo is well-known for her great music career, but she is also praised for her personality and body positivity. The music sensation recently made headlines, but for all the wrong reasons. She is facing a hoard of criticism from fans for using the word sp*z in the lyrics of her new song Grrrls.
Fans are begging her to ‘remove’ it from streaming services. The singer, who is 34, was blasted by disability activists on Twitter for including the “ableist” slur in her latest track, which was released on Friday. Short for the derogatory term “spastic,” it is considered to be offensive in the UK, while its US definition is to “lose physical or emotional control.”
Lizzo prominently uses a derogatory term for cerebral palsy, also known as spastic diplegia, in the first verse. In her opening verse, the Grammy winner sings: “Hold my bag, bitch, hold my bag / Do you see this sh*t? Ima sp*z.” Upset fans soon demanded that she pulls the song while criticizing her ‘not being inclusive’ despite all she has done for plus size people.
A person tweeted while voicing their frustrations, “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. Sp*z’ doesn’t mean freaked out or crazy. It’s an ableist slur. It’s 2022. Do better” Another added, “I’m disappointed in Lizzo for using the word ‘s*z’ in her new song ‘Grrrls”. There’s no excuse for using an ableist insult in a song in 2022.
This feeling of disappointment is a common theme amongst Lizzo’s critics. The Grammy-winning singer is a passionate advocate for the plus-size, queer and black communities.
Lizzo’s biggest songs, including Good As Hell and About Damn Time, typically celebrate body positivity and good mental health. By using an outdated insult, targeted at another marginalized group, many feel she has let herself down. You can check out her latest song as well as some fan reactions below.
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