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10 Inappropriate Lyrics That Were So Bad, They Immediately Got Changed After Being Released

“Let me make one thing clear: I never want to promote derogatory language."

Recently, Lizzo faced backlash for using an ableist slur in her new song "GRRRLS." In response, the singer posted a statement and promptly rereleased the song with changed lyrics.

Lizzo in a shiny bustier

While many artists have gone on to denounce their own problematic lyrics, here are 10 artists, including Lizzo, who have actually taken action to change them:

1. Lizzo: "GRRRLS"

Original lyric: Hold my bag, do you see this shit? I'mma spaz; changed lyric: Hold my bag, do you see this shit? Hold me back
Lizzo in a sleeveless dress

2. Taylor Swift: "Picture to Burn"

After "So go and tell your friends that I'm obsessive and crazy, that's fine," part of original lyric "I'll tell mine you're gay" changed to "you won't mind if I say"
Taylor Swift at the VMAs red carpet

3. Paramore: "Misery Business"

"Whore" changed to a dash" in the original lyric "Once a whore, you're nothing more"
Paramore lead singer Hayley Williams performing with a "Pure Pleasure" T-shirt

4. Black Eyed Peas: "Let's Get It Started"

Original lyric "Let's get retarded" changed to "Let's get it started"
Members of the Black Eyed Peas

5. Lana Del Rey: "Ultraviolence"

Original lyric, "He hit me and it felt like a kiss," skipped in live performances
Lana Del Rey performing

6. Drake Feat. J. Cole: "Jodeci Freestyle"

Original lyric, "I'm artistic, you niggas is autistic, retarded" removed from song
Drake in a turtleneck and suit, J Cole kneeling with hands clasped

7. Future Feat. Lil Wayne: "Karate Chop (Remix)"

In the original lyric, "Beat the pussy up like Emmett Till" is changed to "Beat the pussy up like —"
Future wearing multiple chains and sunglasses, and Lil Wayne wearing sunglasses and holding a microphone

8. Orville Peck: "Born This Way (The Country Road Version)"

Original lyric "No matter Black, white or beige, chola, or Orient made" changed to "No matter Black, white or beige, Asian or Latinx made"
Orville singing into a microphone and playing a guitar in the SiriusXM studios

9. Dire Straits: "Money for Nothing"

In the original lyric, "See the little faggot with the earring and the makeup?" and "That little faggot got his own jet airplane, that little faggot, he's a millionaire," "little faggot" changed to "little queenie" and "little boy"
Members of Dire Straits

10. And lastly: Michael Jackson: "They Don't Care About Us"

Original lyric "Jew me" changed to "Do me," and "Kick me, kike me" changed to "Kick me, — me"
Michael Jackson performing onstage