Spice Girls Reportedly Dropping Weird, Racist Lyric For Reunion Tour
It's the one lyric that had us saying "Zigazig-HUH?" but it looks like the Spice Girls may be changing their tune.
According to rumours around the Spice Girl's reunion tour, Mel B, Mel C, Emma and Geri have decided to forego one of their more questionable lyrics.
Despite it being part of their massive hit "Spice Up Your Life", the Victoria-less Spices could be retiring the lyric "yellow man in Timbuktu".
The line is problematic because of its obvious and overt racism, and reports seem to believe the lyric could be tweaked to "happy people in Timbuktu".
"The original lyric was meant to be a bit of fun and never intended to be offensive," a source reportedly told The Sun adding, "Some of the girls feel uncomfortable getting up on stage and performing that lyric, especially when they have such a diverse and multicultural fanbase."
"They pride themselves on standing for inclusivity, so they don’t want to run the risk of offending anybody," the source said.
That (much needed) lyric change hasn't been the only shift for Sporty, Scary, Baby and Ginger -- apparently they've moved on from their catchphrase of Girl Power also.
Chatting to The Sun last month Emma "Baby" Bunton told Dan Wootton, "It's people power. We're about equality and bringing everyone together."
The Spice Girls will be playing six massive shows in June next year across the UK at the following locations:
June 1 – Manchester Etihad Stadium
June 3 – Coventry Ricoh Stadium
June 6 – Sunderland Stadium Of Light
June 8 – Edinburgh BT Murrayfield Stadium
June 10 – Bristol Ashton Gate Stadium
June 15 – London Wembley Stadium