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Musician Lizzo took to Instagram yesterday to apologize for any offense caused, after fans called her out for using an ableist slur in her new song, Grrrls.
“I’m disappointed that @lizzo used the word ‘[email protected]’ in his new song ‘Grrrls’,” one person said. wrote on Twitter. “There is no excuse for using an ableist slur in a song in 2022. As someone who stands up for women, tall people and others who are treated poorly by society, Lizzo preaches inclusivity and should do better.”
“Really disappointed to see @lizzo use the sp*z ability slur in one of her songs. Even though she didn’t know the meaning, there are 9 other writers and a record label. They knew,” added another person. said on social media, adding: “It shows how ableism and day-to-day discrimination against people with disabilities is not even considered.”
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As the conversation continued, some people pointed out that Lizzo probably meant no harm and made an honest mistake, with someone. saying“If Lizzo finds out about our disappointment, I bet she’ll be upset that we’re upset, apologize, change the song and then do something awesome for the disability community. Lizzo is a class act. This n It’s not a hate campaign, it’s a small talk about mutual love and respect.”
And that’s exactly what she did, share a heartfelt message with her fans to prove she listens to what they have to say. “Let me make one thing clear: I never want to promote derogatory language,” she wrote in an Instagram post. “As a fat black woman in America, I’ve had a lot of hurtful words used against me, so I understand [sic] the power that words can have (whether intentionally or in my case, unintentionally.)”
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She continued: “I am proud to say that there is a new version of ‘Grrls’ with a change of lyrics. It is the result of my listening and my doing. As an influential artist, I dedicate myself to be part of the change I’ve been waiting to see in the world.”
Her apology was well received by fans, who flocked to the comments section to congratulate her on rectifying the mistake. “Showing the world that it really is so easy to listen and make the change. Love you,” one follower said in response to her post, with another comment: “Thank you, as a person with a disability, I so appreciate you listening and making the change.”
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