Many celebrities have come to Lizzo‘s defense after she broke down in tears while responding to “fatphobic” and “racist” comments during a recent Instagram Live. For those who missed it, the singer just released her brand new single, “Rumors,” on August 13, 2021, but while discussing the track (which features Cardi B) during a livestream, she opened up about all the hate she has received since she dropped the song.
“Sometimes I’m like, the world just don’t love me back. It’s like it doesn’t matter how much positive energy you put into the world, you’re still going to have people who have something, something mean to say about you,” she said, crying. “And for the most part, it doesn’t hurt my feelings, I don’t care. I just think when I’m working this hard, my tolerance gets lower, my patience is lower. I’m more sensitive, and it gets to me.”
The “Good As Hell” songstress continued, “People say s**t about me that doesn’t even make sense. It’s fatphobic, it’s racist, and it’s hurtful. What I won’t accept is y’all doing this to Black women over and over and over again, especially us big Black girls. When we don’t fit into the box that you want to put us in, you just unleash hatred onto us. It’s not cool. If you don’t like my music, cool. If you don’t like ‘Rumors’ the song, cool, but a lot of people don’t like me because of the way I look.”
Many Celebrities Came To Her Defense
It turns out, a lot of people have Lizzo’s back, including her celebrity friends. Cardi B quickly took to Twitter to show her support, writing, “When you stand up for yourself they claim you’re problematic and sensitive. When you don’t, they tear you apart until you crying like this. Whether you skinny, big, plastic, they going to always try to put their insecurities on you. Remember these are nerds looking at the popular table.”
“‘Rumors’ is doing great. Stop trying to say the song is flopping to dismiss a woman emotions on bullying or acting like they need sympathy. The song is top 10 on all platforms. Body shaming and callin’ her ‘mammy’ is mean and racist as f**k,” the rapper added.
Plus, Missy Elliott sent Lizzo a letter, which the 33-year-old shared a pic of to her Stories. It read, “Once every few decades, someone breaks the mold. And you are one of those people. Continue to shine and be blessed through you next journey.”
Actress Jameela Jamil also spoke out about the situation online, and she slammed the people who were making jokes about the situation.
“Lizzo makes a song about people spending energy trying to bring women down. Twitter erupts in abuse about her talent and mostly her appearance, and then she cries on IG live while addressing how damaging this culture is, and she gets made fun of for crying. This is so f**ked up,” she said. “This app has spawned, encouraged and celebrated the most depraved, dehumanized and depressing side of human beings. It’s not FUNNY that you’re hurting some innocent cheerful musician’s mental health. It’s not going to take back the pain of whatever your school bullies did to you. When you pile onto and Enjoy the pain of a Black woman who literally only tries to uplift other people, while NOT spending your time piling onto and going after actual abusers and predators… it doesn’t make you cool. It highlights what a useless, irrelevant, vicious pig you are.”
This Isn’t The First Time Lizzo Has Responded To Haters
It turns out, this isn’t the first time the musician has responded to internet trolls. Just a few weeks ago, in fact, she addressed a rumor that she once “stage-dived at a concert and killed someone.”
“I’ve seen a lot of annoying things about me on the internet, but the thing that bothers me the most is this rumor that I stage-dived at a concert and killed somebody,” she explained in a TikTok video. “”I’ve never stage-dived in my life, and b***h, killed somebody? Y’all really gonna put that on my motherf**king name? Like, I know I’m big, but bitch I’m not that f**king big.”
In another old TikTok video, she admitted that the comments from online haters were getting to her.
“I came home and I took my clothes off to take a shower and I just started having all of these really negative thoughts about myself. Like, you know, ‘What’s wrong with me? Maybe everything, [and] all the mean things people say about me are true.’ And, you know, ‘Why am I so disgusting?’ And [I was] hating my body,” Lizzo admitted. “Normally, I would have some positive thing to say to get me out of this, but I don’t, and that’s ok too. I think these are normal [thoughts and feelings] and they happen to everybody, they happen to the best of us. Tomorrow will be a better day. I can only hope that [the way I feel} changes for the better. I know I’m beautiful, I just don’t feel it. But, I know I’m gonna get through it.”
And finally, while gracing the cover of Vogue Magazine last year, she spoke out about how body standards need to change, and how more people like her need to be portrayed in the media.
“Now, you look at the hashtag ‘body positive,’ and you see smaller-framed girls, curvier girls. Lotta white girls,” the star told the outlet. “And I feel no ways about that, because inclusivity is what my message is always about. I’m glad that this conversation is being included in the mainstream narrative. What I don’t like is how the people that this term was created for are not benefiting from it. Girls with back fat, girls with bellies that hang, girls with thighs that aren’t separated, that overlap. Girls with stretch marks. You know, girls who are in the 18-plus club. They need to be benefiting from…the mainstream effect of body positivity now. But with everything that goes mainstream, it gets changed. It gets — you know, it gets made acceptable.”
She added, “I think it’s lazy for me to just say I’m body positive at this point. It’s easy. I would like to be body-normative. I want to normalize my body. And not just be like, ‘Ooh, look at this cool movement. Being fat is body positive.’ No, being fat is normal. I think now, I owe it to the people who started this to not just stop here. We have to make people uncomfortable again, so that we can continue to change. Change is always uncomfortable, right?” You go, girl!