Lizzo was the topic of conversation in a recently-released Kanye West interview, and her response was more than sufficient.
Following a social media tirade and a handful of spats, Kanye ‘Ye’ West, found himself yet again in hot water after mentioning Lizzo in a sit-down interview with Tucker Carlson of Fox News. During a segment of the interview, the “Good Life” rapper had a few things to say about Lizzo’s body size, and society’s acceptance of it.
“When Lizzo loses 10 pounds and announces it, the bots … on Instagram, they attack her losing weight, because the media wants to put out a perception that being overweight is the new goal when it’s actually unhealthy,” he said, adding, “It’s demonic,” said West.
Lizzo caught wind of the rapper’s comments and retorted, stating that people had a habit of randomly attacking her, unprovoked. She seemed to address the situation during her concert at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto over the weekend.
“I feel like everybody in America got my motherf–king name in their motherf–king mouth for no motherf–king reason,” said the “Truth Hurts” singer.
In true Lizzo fashion, she added a bit of humor to her remarks by asking her audience if it was possible to settle down in the North American country.
“I’m minding my fat, Black, beautiful business!” she said, before playfully asking, “Can I stay here? Who can I marry for that dual citizenship?”
In spite of the Detroit native’s undeniable talent, successful career and work ethic, she has received a lot of backlash throughout her career. Before West’s recent comments on her weight, Jillian Michaels, a body fitness professional made remarks about Lizzo in 2020 that fueled online outrage and conversation. In a strongly-worded comment, Michaels also alluded to the idea that it was wrong for people to praise Lizzo’s body.
“Why are we celebrating her [Lizzo’s] body? Why does it matter?” Michaels said. “Why aren’t we celebrating her music? ‘Cause it isn’t going to be awesome if she gets diabetes. I’m just being honest. Like, I love her music. Like, my kid loves her music. But there’s never a moment where I’m like, ‘And I’m so glad she’s overweight!’ Like, why do I even care? Why is it my job to care about her weight?”
Responding Is A Good Thing
Lizzo’s response during her show in Toronto may have been humorous, but it was appropriate. There comes a time in every person’s life when it becomes necessary to respond in some way, manner or fashion to incessant bullying and nagging.
While some sayings go “silence is an answer,” and “silence is the best answer to a fool,” an over-saturation of silence can become misunderstood for cowardice. The great Mahatma Gandhi said: “silence becomes cowardice when occasion demands speaking out the whole truth and acting accordingly.”
So, good for you, Lizzo, for not being a punching bag, but rather, standing up for yourself, while getting to the bag.