A controversial lyric from Lizzo’s new “GRRRLS” single has faced a ton of backlash from fans on social media over the past few days. The Grammy-winning singer listened to those offended by her use of “spaz” and changed the lyrics, but Cardi B wouldn’t have walked back her word so easily.
The Bronx bombshell — who has collaborated with Lizzo in the past — took to Twitter on Wednesday (June 15) after her name was dragged into the debate and admitted that she wouldn’t have caved to the public pressure.
“Ya will do mental gymnastics to include me in anything that people are getting dragged for,” she wrote. “People have called me out for plenty of shit .Yall do it every week SOMETHINGS I apologize for & some things I will tell y’all TO SUCK DICK & personally If I was Lizzo I would of said SMD!”
Ya will do mental gymnastics to include me in anything that people are getting dragged for …People have called me out for plenty of shit .Yall do it every week SOMETHINGS I apologize for & some things I will tell y’all TO SUCK DICK & personally If I was Lizzo I would of said SMD https://t.co/UrYnQaSYMf
— Cardi B (@iamcardib) June 15, 2022
Lizzo and Cardi B teamed up for “Rumors” in August 2021. The record peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and has since been certified gold.
When Lizzo broke down in tears after receiving racist and fat-shaming abuse on social media last year, Bardi was among those who voiced their support.
“Whether you skinny, big, plastic, they going to always try to put their insecurities on you,” she tweeted. “Remember these are nerds looking at the popular table. [‘Rumors’] is top 10 on all platforms. Body shaming and callin her mammy is mean & racist as fuck.”
As for “GRRRLS,” Lizzo originally sings, “Hold my bag, bitch, hold my bag/Do you see this shit? I’m a spaz.” The new version has been updated to: “Hold my bag, bitch, Hold my bag/Do you see this shit? Hold me back.”
“Let me make one thing clear: I never want to promote derogatory language,” Lizzo wrote on Twitter in response to the controversy. “As a fat black woman in America, I’ve had many hurtful words used against me so I overstand the power words can have … As an influential artist I’m dedicated to being part of the change I’ve been waiting to see in the world.”
Listen to the updated version of “GRRRLs” below.