Lizzo is sorry.
The 34-year-old Grammy-winning singer took to social media to release an apology after her fans pointed out that she had used a derogatory word in her new track titled “Grrrls.”
On Monday (June 13), Lizzo shared an apology to her social media accounts, stating:
“It’s been brought to my attention that there is a harmful word in my new song ‘Grrrls.’
Let me make one thing clear: I never want to promote derogatory language.”
The song “Grrrls” begins with Lizzo singing over a sample of the Beastie Boys’ “Girls” where the word “spaz” is mentioned. Fans have pointed out that “spaz” is an ableist slur that is offensive to the disabled community.
Lizzo went on to say:
“As a fat black woman in America, I’ve had many hurtful words used against me so I overstand the power words can have (whether intentionally or in my case, unintentionally).”
And she announced that there is now a new version of “Grrrls” – this time with a change in lyrics:
“I’m proud to say there’s a new version of ‘Grrrls’ with a lyric change.
This is the result of me listening and taking action. As an influential artist I’m dedicated to being part of the change I’ve been waiting to see in the world.