Lizzo is fed up with the high expectations people have of celebrities in terms of appearance, and she won’t let anyone tell her how to feel about herself.
The “Rumors” singer, who was sporting a bikini on Friday (January 6), hit back at the incessant abuse she receives regarding her appearance in an Instagram post.
Lizzo drew attention to how contradictory the comments are while also reminding detractors that her goal is to create art, not to conform to anyone’s body image ideals.
She began “The discourse around bodies is officially tired. The discourse around bodies is tired!”. “I have seen comments go from, ‘Oh my gosh, I liked you when you were thick! Why’d you lose weight? To, ‘Oh my gosh, why’d you get a BBL? I liked your body before.’ To, ‘Oh my gosh, you’re so big. Ew. You need to lose weight – but for your health!’ To, ‘Oh my gosh, you’re so little. You need to get ass or titties or something!’ To, ‘Oh my gosh, why did she get this work done? It’s just too much work!’
“Are we okay? Do you see the delusion?” Lizzo continued. “Do we realize that artists are not here to fit into your beauty standards? Artists are here to make art! And this body is art! And I’ma do whatever I want with this body. I wish that comments costed y’all money so we could see how much time we are fucking wasting on the wrong thing. Can we leave that shit back there please?”
Not just Lizzo’s followers on social media have expressed their opinions about her figure. Even Kanye West chimed in with his two cents when discussing remarks made on social media in a Fox News interview from October.
Kanye said “When Lizzo loses 10 pounds and announces it, the bots… on Instagram, they attack her for losing weight, because the media wants to put out a perception that being overweight is the new goal, ‘When it’s actually unhealthy.”
Lizzo responded to him on stage during a concert that followed. In front of a crowd in Toronto, Lizzo remarked “I feel like everybody in America got my muthafuckin’ name in their muthafuckin’ mouth for no muthafuckin’ reason.”
“I’m minding my fat Black beautiful business,” and then asked the audience, “Can I stay here? Who can I marry for that dual citizenship?”
Aries Spears, a comedian, also said unsolicited things about Lizzo, likening her to the “shit emoji.” Fans of the artist promptly defended her, dragging Spears’ remarks for days.