After 18 Years, TLC Still Doesn't Want No Scrubs

A scrub is a guy that thinks he's fly.

In January 1999, the girl group TLC dropped a hit to end all hits: “No Scrubs.” The song became an anthem against men who don’t treat women well, aka “scrubs,” who can most closely be compared to present-day “fuccbois.”

On Monday night, comedian and actor Paul F. Tompkins tweeted an inquiry into TLC’s current anti-scrubs sentiment:

A response from the official TLC Twitter account appeared mid-afternoon on Tuesday:

So, to clarify, no, these ladies still don’t want no scrubs, and there are still guys who can’t get no love from them.

A rep for TLC also emphasized that the lyrics’ definition of “scrubs,” referring to them as “busters,” still stands:

In case you need a full refresher, please enjoy below:

In the years since the song exploded onto the scene, the trio has become a duo. Lisa “Left-Eye” Lopes was killed in a car accident in 2002, leaving Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas to continue the TLC legacy together. Watkins and Thomas recently released their first music video in 14 years, titled “Way Back.”

Oh, and if you were wondering whether the group still does not endorse “chasing waterfalls,” a rep for the group clarified their current stance on that, too:

Bless you, TLC. 



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