After decades of promoting the filthiest, most violent, misogynistic, depraved values and behaviors imaginable, rap music finally appears to be turning a long-awaited corner:
Singer songwriter Lizzo has rereleased her new single "Grrrls" with a lyric change after it sparked heated discussions online about ableist language.
The song, which is set to appear on her upcoming album Special, received praise and excitement from many fans upon its release last Friday. Others, especially those within the disability community, expressed concern about her use of the word "spaz," which many consider an ableist slur.
Ahh, yes, "spaz." That most offensive of "ableist slurs," the sort of thing that will bring a live Grammy performance to a screeching halt.
In truth, "spaz" isn't offensive—it's just lame and outdated, the sort of thing middle schoolers said in the late 1990s and which is only uttered now mostly by people who have the sensibilities of 1990s middle schoolers. Indeed, it is so firmly dated to Gen X culture that they actually named a character "Spaz" in the watermark 1979 camp comedy "Meatballs."
We're not going to stream Lizzo's "Grrls" video here because it's just too unpleasant, but for reference, here are some of the lyrics that she has decided are not too offensive to excise:
That's my girl, we CEO's
And dancin' like a C-E-ho
We about to throw them bows
Let's [expletive] it up ...
I'ma go Lorena Bobbitt on him so he never [expletive] again, no-oh, oh
Now you can't [expletive] again, bro
Thank goodness she cut out the 40-year-old slang term though!
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