Cardi B Weighs In After Being Dragged Into ‘GRRRLS’ Controversy: If I Was Lizzo I Would Of Said SMD
Cardi B has weighed in on the controversy surrounding Lizzo—and she did not hold back.
The response reportedly came after Cardi B‘s name was dragged into the situation involving Lizzo’s use of the word “spaz” on her new song “GRRRLS.” Social media users accused Cardi B of being able to get away with saying things that other artists (i.e. Lizzo) cannot simply because of her appearance.
In response, Cardi B said,
“Ya will do mental gymnastics to include me in anything that people are getting dragged for …People have called me out for plenty of s*** .Yall do it every week SOMETHINGS I apologize for & some things I will tell y’all TO SUCK D**** & personally If I was Lizzo I would of said SMD.”
Lizzo received criticism for using the word “spaz” in her new song “GRRRLS.” As a verb, the word means to lose physical or emotional control. However, as an adjective, it is short for spastic, which is,
“relating to or denoting a form of muscular weakness ( spastic paralysis ) typical of cerebral palsy, caused by damage to the brain or spinal cord and involving reflex resistance to passive movement of the limbs and difficulty in initiating and controlling muscular movement.”
The Grammy-Award-winning artist was called out via Twitter by a user who said,
“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 makes me pretty angry + sad. ‘Spaz’ doesn’t mean freaked out or crazy. It’s an ableist slur. It’s 2022. Do better.”
Lizzo addressed the “harmful word” across her social media platforms, saying she has since changed the lyric to the song. The move comes as a result of being an “influential artist” who listens and takes action. She said,
“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. Xoxo, Lizzo.”
Cardi B and Lizzo previously collaborated on the track “Rumors,” which was released in 2021.
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