by G. Brown
For a while, Thursday’s trending Twitter talk was on Lizzo—again. Specifically on her weight.
Fitness expert Jillian Michaels of “The Biggest Loser” fame may be the biggest loser in this twitter battle.
In an interview with BuzzFeed News, Lizzon’s name came up as a person with a positive body image. Michaels shot back, “”Why are we celebrating her body? Why does it matter? Why aren’t we celebrating her music? ‘Cause it isn’t gonna be awesome if she gets diabetes.”
Well, from Michaels’s mouth straight to the amygdala of fans on Twitter because the statement quickly triggered anger and motivated readers to respond…
Lizzo spends hours every night singing and playing the flute during intensive dance cardio. Just admit that the only self worth you’ve found for yourself is in your thinness, Jillian, then go to therapy & do the work to love yourself.
— 🐺Mira (@LostWolfling) January 8, 2020
Her music is about positivity, personal acceptance and celebration. Part of that, especially as a plus-sized person in this culture, is rejecting the fat-phobic hatred exemplified by Jillian Michaels. Jillian Michaels is not Lizzo’s health care provider, so she shouldn’t comment.
— Emily Goetz (@MagistraGoetz) January 8, 2020
Jillian Michaels got rich by convincing fat people that they should hate themselves and then torturing them on TV. No surprise she’s angry that some of us slipped out of her slimy grasp. Threatens her entire worldview and her entire bank account.
— Ash (@FatLipPodcast) January 9, 2020
Some tried to defend Michaels agreeing that obesity is a legit health concern. True…there are many problems caused by obesity like heart disease, some cancers, osteoarthritis, high blood pressure and sleep apnea. But some Twitter fans pointed out an often cited parallel drawn between obese Black women and diabetes. They argued that feigning the health concern is subterfuge often used to get in a racist dig.
Others saw it as Michaels bullying another overweight celebrity just for the publicity.
This isn’t the first time someone has tried to fat-shame Lizzo. The topic has popped up often on social media. One time it was initiated by a Black male social influencer who also made the connection to diabetes. Yes, black adults are twice as likely as whites to develop type 2 diabetes and obesity is a leading factor. But what’s bothering many people is that other non-black celebs who are also overweight aren’t bashed about it. Adele, DJ Khalid, Rebel Wilson all achieved success without the constant trending tirades of fat-shaming(Though Adele did reportedly shed 50 pounds after finding fame).
Lizzo isn’t encouraging people to be overweight, she is trying to use her weight as a reason not to hate herself. The singer and classically trained flutist has been very vocal about body issues that have plagued her entire life. She is now a self-proclaimed advocate for body positivity which includes loving yourself no matter your size, color or gender.
Being plus size shouldn’t be a feast for others like Michaels to chew on in interviews when trying to drum up publicity or future clients. Lizzo knows the score on her weight issue and she also has found a way to love herself in spite of it. Maybe she’ll decide to lose weight…maybe she won’t. But it’s her life and her decision.
While everybody was debating if Lizzo is too fat or is headed for diabetes, what was she doing?
— CBS News (@CBSNews) January 8, 2020
Seems Lizzo wasn’t sitting in an interview talking about making life better for others, she wasn’t actually out making it happen.