*Sigh,* people are coming for Lizzo again. Earlier this week, YouTuber Layah Heilpern tweeted a bunch of nonsense about Lizzo’s body, after viewing a clip of the singer’s performance honoring Tina Turner.
Specifically, she asked, “How is Lizzo still THIS fat when she’s constantly moving this much on stage?! I wonder what she must be eating.” Ugh. Barf. Other people then decided to chime in on an issue they know nothing about and debate whether or not being fat was a part of Lizzo’s ‘brand.’ How can your body be your brand??”
Lizzo saw these comments, because even though some people seem to think differently, Twitter is a publicsocial media platform. The singer responded by stating, “Y’all really need to touch grass… I’m not trying to BE fat. I’m not trying to BE smaller. I’m literally just trying to live and be healthy. This is what my body looks like even when I’m eating super clean and working out! Y’all speak on shit y’all know NOTHING ABOUT and I’m starting to get heated.” While her statement was perfect, it’s annoying she still has to comment on this kind of awful behavior at all.
Lizzo went on to state, “ALSO: to the people who haven’t had an original thought or fresh air in years… BEING FAT ISN’T MY ‘BRAND.’ BEING FAT MY BODY LOOKS [LIKE]. THAT’S IT. THAT’S ALL. My ‘brand’ is FEEL GOOD MUSIC. My ‘brand’ is CHAMPIONING ALL PEOPLE. My ‘brand’ is BLACK GIRL LIBERATION.” Once again, an incredible statement by Lizzo that we wish she didn’t have to make.
Recent hateful comments about her body have also made Lizzo speak up about her hesitancy to continue in the music industry. The singer stated, “Y’all don’t know how close I be to giving up on everyone and quitting and enjoying my money and my man on a FUCKING FARM…” While we’d be devastated to see her go, we can’t blame her for wanting a more quiet life away from people who feel that they have the right to comment on another person’s body.
Thankfully, many fans have come to Lizzo’s defense. With one fan tweeting, “It’s ridiculous that Lizzo has to login everyday and see think pieces about her body. She’s performing a sold out tour, serving face, on a tv show every other night. Instead of talking about her success, people are constantly trying to steal her light.”
Another fan summed up this issue perfectly, stating, “I wish y’all would just be honest and say what really bothers y’all about Lizzo. She makes you feel bad because you’ve lived your whole life attaching yourself worth to thinness and to see her live bold and talented in a big Black body bothers you.”
While we hope Lizzo doesn’t quit music, we also fully support the icon in whatever decision will lead her to the happiest life. After all the joy she’s created for us, she deserves to feel the same joy in return!
Top photo: Screen grab from Lizzo – Tina Turner Tribute & Like a Girl – Phoenix, AZ 5/24 from Garrett Harer on YouTube