Lizzo uses Ableist Slur in new song Grrrls

“There’s no excuse to use an abusive insult in a song in 2022.”

If you’re a Lizzo fan, or if you just enjoy listening to the radio, chances are you’ve heard her new single ‘Grrrls’.

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The song features the lyrics “Do you see this shit / I’mma spaz”, the last word of which is largely seen as an insulting slur by the disabled community.

Hey @lizzo my disability Cerebral Palsy is literally classified as spastic diplegia (where spasticity refers to unending painful tightness in my legs) your new song is making me pretty angry + sad. “Spaz” doesn’t mean panicked or crazy. It’s an insulting slur. It’s 2022. Do it better.


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As NME notes, disability advocates have criticized the inclusion of the slur, and in some cases called for its removal.

I’m disappointed in @lizzo for using the word “sp@z” in her new song “Grrrls”. There’s no excuse for using an insulting insult in a song in 2022. As someone who stands up for women, plus-size people and others who mistreat society, Lizzo preaches inclusivity and should do better.


Twitter: @AutisticCallum_

I would like to add that this is not a hate tweet; it is a call to a talented individual in a position of power who knows how to use his platform for good to approach ability with greater sensitivity and apologize for their mistake. I’m not here to denounce Lizzo, but to bring about change.


Twitter: @AutisticCallum_

I hope Lizzo somehow sees the tweets that I and many others have written and does the opposite of what Sia did. By that I mean acknowledge the mistake, apologize and change the number. You can’t raise girls by mocking disabled people (many of whom are girls).


Twitter: @AutisticCallum_

Everybody makes mistakes. What matters is how we deal with it and how we grow out of it. I can only speak for myself, but I would love it if Lizzo would apologize and use her platform to raise awareness about the issues people with disabilities face, and then release a brilliant and *inclusive* album to bring.


Twitter: @AutisticCallum_

Oh @lizzo A VERY influential figure, who uses the word sp@z in her new song. An insulting and derogatory term. As someone who has written about using language for people with disabilities, especially slang/swear words that have been used in schools, this is a huge step back. Please delete it.


Twitter: @AutisticCallum_

Lizzo has yet to respond to the criticism, but we’ll let you know when she does.

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