When Lizzo released “GRRRLS,” the second single from her upcoming album “Special,” on Friday, she probably didn’t anticipate negative feedback from devoted fans that one of its lyrics was an abelist slur. But after seeing that criticism, the “About Damn Time” hitmaker said in a statement Monday that she didn’t intend to harm anyone, and announced that she’s re-releasing the song with a new lyric.
“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. 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). 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,” Lizzo said in a message posted to her social media accounts.