Lizzo is tired of the beauty standards expected of celebrities and refuses to allow anyone else to dictate how good she should feel in her own skin.
In an Instagram post on Friday (Jan. 6), the bikini-clad “Rumors” singer clapped back at all the criticism she constantly faces about her body. While pointing out how contradictory the comments are, Lizzo reminded critics that she’s here to make art — not fit into the expectations people have of her shape.
“The discourse around bodies is officially tired. The discourse around bodies is tired!” she began. “I’ve seen comments go from, ‘Oh my god, I liked you when you were fat! Why did you lose weight? To, ‘Oh my god, why did you get a BBL? I liked your body before’. To: ‘Oh my god, you’re so big. Practice. You need to lose weight – but for your health!’ To, ‘Oh my god, you’re so small. You must have an ass or tits or something!’ To, ‘Oh my god, why did she get this job done? It’s just too much work!’
“Are we okay? Can you see the delusion?” Lizzo continued, “Are we aware that artists are not here to fit into your standards of beauty? Artists are here to make art! And this body is art! And I do what I want with this body. I wish comments cost you all money so we could see how much time we’re fucking wasting on the wrong thing. Can’t we leave that crap back there?
Fans on social media aren’t the only ones who have had something to say about Lizzo’s body. Even though Kanye West added his two cents, to mention the singer while talking about comments on social media in an October interview with Fox News.
“When Lizzo loses 10 pounds and announces it, the bots on Instagram attack her for losing weight because the media wants to convey a perception that obesity is the new goal,” Ye said. “When it’s actually unhealthy.”
In response, Lizzo approached him on stage during a concert soon after. “I feel like everybody in America has got my muthafuckin’ name on their lips for no reason,” Lizzo told a crowd in Toronto.
“I’m minding my fat black beautiful business,” then asked the audience, “Can I stay here? Who can I marry for the dual citizenship?”
Comedian Aries Spears also made unprovoked comments, comparing Lizzo to the “shit emoji.” Her fans immediately came to the singer’s defense and dragged Spears in her comments for several days.