Being able means treating people unfairly because they have a disability, according to Cambridge Dictionary.
Lizzo released the song “Grrrls” on Friday from her upcoming “Special” album. In one of the lines the word “spasm” was used, which comes from the term “spastic”, defined as “about or suggesting a form of” muscle weakness (spastic paralysis) typical of cerebral palsy, caused by damage to the brain or spinal cord that includes reflex resistance to passive limb movement and difficulty in initiating and controlling muscle movement. “
Lexico, part of Dictionary.com and Oxford, also notes that the word is dated and offensive to someone with cerebral palsy.
Following the release of the song, this was quickly pointed out by some fans on Lizzo.
“Hey @lizzo my disability Cerebral Palsy is literally classified as Spastic Diplegia (where spasticity refers to endless painful tightness in my legs) your new song makes me angry + quite sad,” one user wrote.
I will cry 😭 Thank you very much for listening to us Lizzo and for understanding that this has always meant gentleness and being open to learning honestly means the world ❤️. You are a real ally https://t.co/RbQCbAwpR6
– Hannah Diviney (@hannah_diviney) June 13, 2022
“There is no excuse for using an offensive song in 2022. As someone who stands up for women, big people and others who are badly treated by society, Lizzo preaches participation and should do better.” said another.
I am disappointed @lizzo for using the word “sp @ z” in her new song “Grrrls”. There is no excuse for using an offensive song in 2022. As someone who stands up for women, big people and others who are badly treated by society, Lizzo preaches participation and should do better.
– Callum Stephen (He / Him) (@AutisticCallum_) June 11, 2022
While the fans expressed their frustration, some urged that they did not want Lizzo to be canceled, but rather to have the word formed and removed.
“I’ve seen some comments on the Internet talking about ‘Cancelling Lizzo’ and it’s not what we want – we want to educate her and change the word,” said one fan.
Hello @lizzo please remove the word “spaz” from your new song because it is offensive and really offensive to the disabled community
From a disappointed fan 😔💔
– Shelby 🖤 (@Shelbykinsxo) June 10, 2022
By Monday, it seemed that fans’ efforts to persuade Lizzo to change the song were successful.
The artist, who went to school at Alief ISD, announced on her social media pages that she released a new version of “Grrrls” with a change of lyrics.
I realized that there is a harmful word in my new song “GRRRRLS”. “Let me make one thing clear: I never want to promote derogatory language,” she said. “As a fat black woman in America, I’ve used a lot of harmful words against myself, so I go beyond the power of words (either intentionally or in my case, unintentionally).
“I’m proud to say that there is a new version of GRRRLS with a change of lyrics. This is the result I hear and take action. As an influential artist, I’m committed to being part of the change I expected to see in the world,” he said.
The change was not lost on fans, with one of the same people pointing out the use of the word, adding praise for Lizzo on Twitter who listened to her.
“Thank you so much for listening to us Lizzo and for understanding that this meant only mildness and openness to learning,” said the fan.
The incident also seemed to be a learning moment not only for Lizzo but also for the audience, as people commented that they did not know the word was harmful.
“We all learn from this!” commented an Instagram user.
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