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Lizzo changes the lyrics to “ableist slur” after outrage at the cancellation

After being yanked on social media by disability advocates on Monday, Lizzo has responded to her use of “ableistic” text.

Her statement comes after social media users nearly canceled her for the lyrics: “You see that shit? I’m a sp-z.”

“I was made aware that there are some [sic] is a harmful word in my song ‘GRRRLS’, the “Truth Hurts” singer wrote on Twitter.

“Let me get one thing straight: I never want to encourage derogatory language. As a fat black woman in America, many hurtful words have been used against me to help me understand the power words can have (whether intentional or, in my case, unintentional).

“I am proud to say that there is a new version of Girls with a change of lyrics. This is the result of my listening and action,” she continued. “As an influential artist, I’m committed to being part of the challenge I’ve been waiting for in the world.”

“Sp-z” is a common American slang term for the term “spastic,” which in Britain means something far more obnoxious, as Lizzo most likely learned the hard way.

In the US, “sp-z” is often used as slang to indicate “go crazy” or “freak out.”

In the UK, however, the word is seen as a highly offensive epithet aimed at disparaging people with cerebral palsy – a congenital disorder of movement, muscle tone or posture caused by abnormal brain development during pregnancy.

Earlier in the day, fans had mistook it for “About Damn Time,” the curvaceous singer opted for different lyrics.

“Lizzo’s use of derogatory slurs is totally irresponsible as it comes from someone with Tourette’s Syndrome. To improve this matter, she needs to do the music video and then eat a cheese sandwich.” said a Twitter user. “It’s the only way she’ll win my personal forgiveness.”

“Hey @lizzo, 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 and sad. ‘Sp-z’ doesn’t mean freaky or crazy.” another Blaster had written. “It’s an ableist insult. It’s 2022. Make it better.”

"GRRRLS" will appear on the singer's upcoming album "Special" will be released on July 15th.
“GRRRLS” will appear on the singer’s forthcoming album Special, out July 15.
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