Lizzo has revealed that she believes the culture of cancellation has robbed people from marginalized communities of the ability to call out “real issues”.
The Houston native shared the comment via a tweet on Sunday (Jan. 8), admitting that her thoughts might seem out of the blue to some. She added that she hoped for a return to focus on more pressing issues.
“This may be a random time to say this but it’s close to my heart..cancel culture is appropriation,” Lizzo tweeted. “There was real outrage from really marginalized people and now it’s become trendy, misused and misdirected. I hope we can phase this out and focus our outrage on the real issues.”
Her views seemed to resonate with many on the platform as the tweet had been liked over 56,000 times and shared by close to 5,000 people at the time of writing.
This may be a random time to say this but it’s on my heart.. cancel culture is appropriation.
There was real outrage from really marginalized people and now it’s become trendy, misused and misdirected.
I hope we can phase this out and focus our outrage on the real issues.
— FOLLOW @YITTY (@lizzo) 8 January 2023
Lizzo has never failed to use her platform to speak out against social injustices such as body shaming.
Most recent, she called the beauty standards expected of celebritiesand says she 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!’ 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?
In an interview in November, Lizzo also spoke out about the “inherently racist” nature of genre labelsand expresses that she believes they prevent black artists from achieving true mainstream success.
The award-winning hitmaker spoke Weekly entertainment about her new documentary Love, Lizzoand noted the criticism she has faced over the years for not making “black enough” music as a pop star.
Lizzo added that the idea of a genre alone is steeped in racism, and that the music industry has often relied on genres to prevent black creatives from exploring more white-dominated areas like pop music.
“The genre is inherently racist. If people did any research, they would see that there was racial music and then there was pop music,” Lizzo said. “And racial music was their way of separating black artists from being mainstream because they didn’t want their kids listening to music made by black and brown people because they said it was demonic.”
She went on to say that black musicians ultimately inserted themselves into the pop machine and that most pop music now relies on rap music for fuel.