Big Time Rush is in big trouble – at least on Twitter – because users are outraged by the title of an old song, which some are calling ableist…now invoking Beyonce and Lizzo.
Here’s the deal… the former 2010s boy band recently reunited to release some new music – and one of their fan-favorite vault songs they can’t wait to release is called “PARALYZED “, which has been leaked before, but never officially included on an album.
Now they say they’re going to do it for real…and have teased their fans with when and under what circumstances they’ll do it.
On Saturday, they tweeted… “We’re so happy to see that everyone across the world can now enjoy all of our music. But the real question. How badly do you want us to release PARALYZED?” They encouraged their followers to embrace the “PARALYZED” trend before posting it…but so far, that’s not the case. The track is only on Sound Cloud (unofficially).
If you listen to it and read the lyrics…it’s a pretty simple, seemingly innocuous song about a girl who stunned and froze the boys, AKA paralyzed, because of her attractiveness. Essentially, they’re hit…but they’re playing the crippled angle.
They even stutter some of the words they sing, and that’s where things get problematic.
Some argue that the song in general is a problem and offensive to crippled people – and it’s here that Bey and Liz get tricked…with accusations of racism flying.
Jump in the “Lizzo and Beyoncé” trending right now, and you’ll see all the talk going on. Basically, some say those who have stood up against female artists using the word “s***” in their songs and demanded they take it down should be doing the same for BTR.
The argument boils down to… some members of the ableist community and/or their allies are actually just racist – because they gave a big stink when 2 black women innocently used the term – which was popular and regularly used before the 2010s, frankly – but when a bunch of passing white/white dudes are more on the nose…there seems to be crickets in terms of outrage.
Not everybody buy this though – because, yeah, it’s very accusatory and makes a lot of conclusions based on…nothing but perceived reactions on Twitter, which is kinda silly.
The point… some see a double standard between Lizzo/Beyonce and Big Time Rush – and are apparently angry that there isn’t more pressure for BTR to change or cancel their song altogether. Whether or not this double standard is actually real depends on the viewer.
Just another day on the bird app. 🙄