Once again Lizzo is making headlines across the internet and media and this time it’s about her weight… again. If it isn’t bad enough that western society has dehumanized the plus-size community and weaponized their weight to bully them into the submission of socially acceptable unhealthy standards, they cannot even allow these individuals to simply exist in their bodies that our divine creator and themselves have sculpted.
2020’s internet has not been kind to Lizzo as she was driven off of social media because of fat-shaming. She then became the topic of discussion after twerking on an IG live session with P Diddy, where he silenced her dancing after allowing model and entertainer Drea who is slimmer, to have her fun. Now, she’s the topic of discussion once again for posting before and after pics and videos of a 10 – day smoothie cleanse.
Let’s unpack this.
Lizzo uploaded a Tik Tok video displaying to the world that in the month of November, she did not take care of her body as far as eating goes and embarked on a 10-day detox challenge to cleanse her system of all the unhealthy eating.
Throughout the video, she gives us a play-by-play of how she mentally felt each day during this cleanse, and at the end of the video applauded herself and affirmed that she looks great.
Nowhere in the video or caption did she say this was about weight loss. In fact, she clarifies that it wasn’t about weight loss because she knew people would have something to say, however, that disclaimer was not enough and ignited a whole internet movement to bash Lizzo for supporting “diet culture”.
“As you know, I would normally be so afraid and ashamed to post things like this online because I feel like, as a big girl, people just expect if you are doing something for health, you’re doing it for a dramatic weight loss, and that is not the case,” Lizzo.
People who are overweight can go on diets too and still be or want to keep the weight they have. Diets aren’t always about losing weight, many times they’re about simply eating healthier or treating a certain organ better i.e your liver or colon by choosing wisely what you eat and drink.
The same people bashing Lizzo for promoting “diet culture” are clueless to the fact that the only reason they’re bashing her is because they have perverted minds that only think diets are for those trying to lose weight, have lost weight, or are already naturally skinny.
Western societies’ toxic beauty standards have affected the way we all think and see diets, body positivity, and health. You think you’re “woke” and doing something for bashing an overweight woman for doing a 10 – day cleanse, however, you’re just as bad as the people who’d bully her into doing it in the first place.
Regardless of what critics have to say about detox cleansers or your kidney and livers “cleansing themselves”, and regardless of Lizzo’s “fans” being disappointed in her decision, this is someone else’s life that is constantly being berated whenever they lay a finger on the internet and that is not okay.
Lizzo didn’t campaign that she was the face of overweight empowerment, that was something the public bestowed upon her because of her infectious confidence in her plus size body and her lack of care for haters and naysayers for how she lives her life.
Wait people are mad at @lizzo for dieting? Her message is body positivity, no matter the body. I’m a full sized lady who loves her music and feels empowered regardless if she is on a vegan/smoothie kick. She is a musician who doesn’t just exist to be my role model 🤷🏻♀️ #Lizzo pic.twitter.com/nBJwm6bxTR
— Liz On The Radio 🎙 (@LizOnTheRadio) December 15, 2020
Once upon a time, I would have been very upset that Lizzo, someone who made their money from empowering fat women, decided to promote a “juice cleanse” (btw, that’s what your kidneys and liver does) but really? Bodily autonomy exists and I’m not surprised this has happened.
— lottie l’amour 💖💛💙 (@Lottie_Lamour) December 14, 2020
I really wish ya'll would leave Lizzo TF ALONE.
— WeaDaMoneyResides💫 (@TheJessieWoo) December 14, 2020
Where was the hate when a photo of Adele hyper went viral on the internet after she had lost a substantial amount of weight? Nowhere, because everyone applauded her.
Stop making these celebrities that aren’t robots and peons for your entertainment the cover girls of your social justice campaigns. Yes, there is a certain social connotation with detox cleanses usually revolving around weight loss, but so what if that was the case for Lizzo?
It is truly remedial and downright sick the way Lizzo’s weight is always the topic of discussion whenever she says or does anything, and I just hope that we all begin to do ourselves a favor and mind the business that pays us.