After folks on social media literally got into a verbal showdown on Monday about Lizzo wearing a thong with her cheeks out at a recent LA Lakers game, the Grammy nominee is speaking out.
Like her outfit, she didn’t hold back with her response.
“Never ever let somebody stop you or shame you from being yourself,” she said in a video she posted on Instagram, adding, “This is who I’ve always been. Now everyone’s lookin’ at it, and your criticism can just remain your criticism. Your criticism has no effect on me.”
She continued, “I’m the happiest I’ve ever been … I’m surrounded by love, and I just wanna spread that love — and also spread these cheeks. And if you really, really don’t like my ass, you can kiss it.”
Halfway in she got emotional, speaking of times when she was homeless, sleeping in her car and lost hope after her father died. But even in all that, she’s come a long way and won’t let anyone take away her joy just because she twerked to her own song during the game. That, and she won’t be ashamed because of her size.
“Nothing really breaks my joy. I’m a really solid, grounded person, and I know that I’m shocking because you’ve never seen in a long time a body like mine doing whatever it wants to do and dressing the way that it dresses and moving the way that it moves,” Lizzo said in the stream that lasted nearly nine minutes.
“But I don’t ever want to censor myself because I’m suddenly famous, and I don’t want to censor myself because everyone’s looking at me now. I’m not going to quiet myself,” she said. “I’m not going to shrink myself because somebody thinks that I’m not sexy to them.”
Se concluded with “I’m blessed, and I want you to know that you’re blessed.”
Earlier that afternoon, Lizzo posted on Twitter that her inspiration for that night was Rihanna’s Swarovski-crystal-encrusted nude fishnet gown (and her twerk backstage.) You know the one she wore to the 2014 CFDA Fashion Awards.
Whether you like Lizzo or not, you really have to ask yourself why are you so pressed about whether her a** is out, when you have no issue when Beyonce, Nicki Minaj or Megan Thee Stallion do the exact same thing by showing their skin.
Just saying. Let this woman and all her thickness live.
Hatin' Much? Azealia Banks Is Dead Wrong For Calling Lizzo A 'Fat Millennial Mammy'
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She stay wasting the WiFi at Denny’s with these rants. Imagine being this miserable. https://t.co/iQeNjYJvm4— George M Johnson (@IamGMJohnson) September 3, 2019
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Guys, Azealia banks called Beyonce a coon and thief like, 5 minutes ago. Don’t let her jealousy be the face of your fake woke dislike of Lizzo. Just say you don’t think the music slaps and keep it moving.— Rae Sanni (@raesanni) September 3, 2019
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Azealia Banks started off her rant by calling Lizzo “worst of black woman crop” and folks are getting on here to say she has some points ? pic.twitter.com/etbX1IF9N9— i stack draw 4s in uno (@PushaStee) September 3, 2019
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Anyway back on subject. If Lizzo wasn’t fat this wouldn’t even be a conversation. The fact that people like to remove that from the discussion is really dishonest. Like Azealia is fatphobic as fuck and so is abt 99% of the world. Ppl who try to say “it’s not cuz she fat” are lyin— capricorn bby 💞 (@thefathippy_) September 3, 2019
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Azealia Banks really could have kept what she said because it just stank. Lizzo isn't actin like a fool, she's being the EXACT same girl she's BEEN for **YEARS**.— birthday girl ✨ (@melaninbarbie) September 3, 2019
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Azealia would be further in life if she would stop hating on the next bitch.— why are there yt folks on my live? (@fakebougiechick) September 3, 2019
It’s not colorism that’s holding her back, it’s not Lizzo being a big girl that’s holding her back. It’s her mouth, that bussy boy soap, and her fucking mouth. I’m tired & she should be too.
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Imagine if Azealia channeled all this energy into her music. Perhaps she could have a #1 record like Lizzo and Cardi, too. But she'd rather write these obviously miserable rants.— Britni Danielle (@BritniDWrites) September 3, 2019
Let's put her on the prayer list. https://t.co/eQPFK8nbaP
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Azealia Banks is beyond a hater at this point! She doesn’t want to see anyone win. Lizzo deserves EVERYTHING. pic.twitter.com/pTPN76oT8v— FashionsWarrior (@FvshionsWarrior) September 3, 2019
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this bull 💩 honestly breaks my heart to see this girl talk about Lizzo in this vulgar way, also Lil Nas. For a girl who couldn’t even launch a real career off of 212 and has become akin to a herpes outbreak 🥴. Azealia... nobody is checking for you boo. 🥶 https://t.co/XJ7ANvg1I2— DAVY BOI (@iamdavyboi) September 3, 2019
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It's shameful but predictable to find Azealia Banks being negative towards all Black women/rappers succeeding in something. She says shit explicitly too. Leave Lizzo alone. Doing all that projecting on other BW focus on yourself.— Blue & Grey⁷ (@Kae_DidThat) September 3, 2019
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Is Azealia supposed to represent the “best of black women” since Lizzo and Cardi are such poor representations to her? pic.twitter.com/cFMMKUEjBN— My Life (@monologueNacafe) September 3, 2019
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I really can't stand this bitch. She's nothing more than an ashy, buck-toothed, Black-n-milds built jealous ass hoe mad because Lizzo took the audience she started out appealing to which is her fault. Azealia Banks is truly the definition of a jealous, hateful bitch. https://t.co/FVy1uvh5nb— One Night in New York (@artsygrinch) September 3, 2019
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So according to Azealia(and some of you other hoes) Lizzo's success in the mainstream is a problem b/c she's fat, black and bubbly?? Because she's not woe as me feeding your fucking fantasies about sad fat women in dark, covered clothing constantly crooning about heartache?? https://t.co/xJbufOqF0r— Fatyoncé (@NandiComeLately) September 3, 2019
Lizzo Claps Back At Haters Mad That Her Cheeks Were Out At The Lakers Game was originally published on hellobeautiful.com