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More Lizzo Body Shaming: Jillian Michaels Bites Off More Than She Can Chew

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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…

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?

Seems Lizzo wasn’t sitting in an interview talking about making life better for others, she wasn’t actually out making it happen.

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    verthilertva

    January 23, 2020 at 7:44 pm

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    Debra Bonaparte

    January 9, 2020 at 10:58 pm

    As a plus-sized, black 200+lb female, I don’t have ANY major health issues that a lot of thin people have. I have participated in step aerobics where thin women have tried to keep up with me and fallen/fainted in the locker room afterwards. I had a temporary condition while I was hospitalized that resolved itself once I was on my feet. I don’t believe obesity is tied to these conditions anymore than stress. Love yourself, meditate, get some antioxidants early in life, rest, eat some raw greens a few times a week and learn to say ‘no’ when you feel the need to. And forgive yourself, even if it’s for not forgiving someone else (who probably doesn’t deserve it from you anyway). I’m proud of Lizzo’s accolades. #JillianMicheals, go bark up another tree.

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    NBA is fixed

    January 9, 2020 at 9:40 pm

    Quote from Zo Williams, “Lizzo is just as fat and ugly as the booger from the Mucinex commercials.” One of the funniest lines I have ever heard!

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    NBA is fixed

    January 9, 2020 at 9:37 pm

    List of thick black women:

    1. Demetria Obilor

    2. Serena Williams

    3. Melyssa Ford

    4. Tamera Mowry

    5. Esther Baxter

    List of fat black women:

    1. Lizzo

    2. Loni Love

    3. Oprah Winfrey

    4. Gabourey Sidibe

    5. Sherri Shepherd

    Sistas do you see the difference? Thick is beautiful, fat is ugly. Sistas if you are fat, please exercise, eat vegetables and lose weight. Successful black men do not want to date black women who look like Lavelle Crawford.

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    NBA is fixed

    January 9, 2020 at 9:12 pm

    First comment: There are hundreds of black owned soul food and barbecue restaurants throughout America. I have yet to see a black owned health food restaurant or a black owned vegetarian restaurant.

    Second comment: The foods that are constantly advertised to us contain poisonous chemicals that could cause diabetes, cancer and high blood pressure. One of the corporations that puts these chemicals in the foods that we are seduced to eat is the same corporation that donated millions of dollars to Barack Obama’s campaign. That corporation is called Monsanto.

    Third comment: Stop eating Popeyes Chicken, Churches Chicken, SickDonalds, Burger Crap and Pizza Hut. If you eat Pizza Hut, you might look like Jabba The Hut.

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      Joyce

      January 12, 2020 at 5:55 pm

      Your comment #1: I know of many black-owned vegans and health food restaurants. Maybe you should get out more often.

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    NBA is fixed

    January 9, 2020 at 9:01 pm

    Obesity is a huge problem for black Americans. Remember the movie Soul Food? Big Mama ate so much soul food, she died. I’ll give you a real life example; two rappers Buffy and Big Pun ate themselves to death. Both rappers weighed over four hundred pounds when they died. If Lizzo doesn’t lose weight, she could die.

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    Shawn J .

    January 9, 2020 at 7:56 pm

    No comment

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    Daisy

    January 9, 2020 at 7:39 pm

    Lizzo doesn’t care a flying flick about what Jillian Michaels has to say about her. All Jillian is doing is helping Lizzo’s bank account get bigger by talking about her. All I have to say to Jillian is b****ch go find a clue, and to Lizzo…girl you do you.

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