Lizzo replaces offensive word in new song

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Lizzo has been forced to omit a word from her latest track after she was criticised for using a term deemed offensive towards disabled people.

The singer released a new song from her forthcoming album Special last Friday, June 10, titled, Grrrls, which includes the word ‘spaz’ - a derogatory description for people with cerebral palsy.

After the release fans took to social media expressing their disappointment Lizzo has chosen to include the word on the track.

Following the backlash Lizzo issued a public apology earlier the week as she released an updated version with the offensive term taken out of the lyrics.

“It has 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,” she wrote. “As a fat black woman in America, I have had many hurtful words used against me so I understand the power words can have (whether intentionally, or in my case, unintentionally.)”

Discussing the new version of the song Lizzo added:“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.”

The song is not yet available for physical release and previous versions on streaming services have replaced the word with the new lyric “hold me back”.

Special will be released in July.