US singer-songwriter Lizzo poses in the press room with the awards for Best Pop Solo Performance, Best Urban Contemporary Album and Best Traditional R and B Performance during the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards on January 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN / AFP) (Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images)


Probably Not Oppressed: Lizzo Is A Key Player In Normalizing Obesity

There is a video of Lizzo climbing the steps to a private jet while baring her entire butt by wearing cutout leggings from her Yitty shapewear line.

The 34-year-old rapper shared the short clip earlier this year knowing that the comments section would be filled with messages of affirmation and support. She expected it because, over time, Lizzo has become the poster child for the body positivity movement.

More recently, the singer shared a surprising message with followers during her acceptance speech at the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards. Lizzo claimed that she’s “oppressed.” But is she?

Melissa Viviane Jefferson enjoyed a meteoric rise to superstardom that most aspiring singers could only experience in their dreams. It’s no coincidence that her first bona-fide hit single, “Good As Hell” (2016) is an anthem celebrating self-love and body acceptance. This has become Lizzo’s image over the years and it’s something her fans have come to expect from her. Rather than hiding her feelings about her size, Lizzo has turned her figure into a money-making brand.

“Your vote means everything to me, it means everything to making a change in this country … When you’re voting for your favorite artist, vote to change some of these laws that are oppressing us,” the singer said during her speech at the VMAs.

Lizzo never clarified how, precisely, she is being oppressed, which earned her a lot of backlash on social media. However, she did express her frustration at people making negative comments about her physique.

“You know what? I’m not gonna say nothing,” she also said during the speech. “They be like, ‘Lizzo, why don’t you clap back? Why don’t you clap back?’ ‘Cause, b***, I’m winning, ho! Big b**** is winning, ho!” she yelled to the cheering crowd.

Most viewers assume those statements were directed at comedian Aries Spears, who had previously questioned why Lizzo has become a role model for women.

“I can’t get past the fact that she looks like the s*** emoji,” Spears said during an interview with “The Art of Dialogue.”

“She’s got a very pretty face, but she keeps showing her body off. Like, come on, man. Come on, yo.”

“I’m sorry,” he continued. “Listen, I ain’t the most in-shape n**** in the world, but I still — when you funny and you got swagger and confidence and you decent looking … I think I’m at least handsome — you get p***y. But a woman that’s built like a plate of mashed potatoes is in trouble.”

He questioned Lizzo’s health specifically.

“You know what kills me about women is the hypocrisy and the contradiction,” Spears went on. “F*** diabetes, f*** heart problems, f*** heart disease, cholesterol. Y’all claim womanhood and about sisterhood and support for your sister, you know, when it comes to that ridiculous s***. But if you really gave a f***, why wouldn’t you go, ‘Black girl, we love your confidence, boo boo, but this ain’t it. This ain’t it.’”

“That’s the real love! Y’all jump on me for making jokes, but y’all won’t be f***ing real and go, ‘Sister, put the eclair down. This ain’t it. It’s treadmill time,’” he concluded.

It’s difficult to keep track of just how many times Lizzo has shown off her plus-sized physique.

In 2019, she debuted some thong underwear in a black cutout dress that left nothing to the imagination while dancing to her song “Juice” at a Minnesota Timberwolves/LA Lakers game. Lizzo declared it was “a** crack summer” after posting a series of photos of herself in a skintight purple dress that exposed her behind again.

“Who I am, and the essence of me and the things I choose to do as a grown a** woman, can inspire you to do the same,” the singer told Page Six in response to criticism.

“You don’t have to be like me. You need to be like you. And never ever let somebody stop you or shame you from being yourself. This is who I’ve always been,” Lizzo said. “Now everyone’s lookin’ at it, and your criticism can just remain your criticism. Your criticism has no effect on me. Negative criticism has no stake in my life.”

She continued, “I’m the happiest I’ve ever been … I’m surrounded by love, and I just wanna spread that love — and also spread these cheeks. And if you really, really don’t like my a**, you can kiss it.”

By the language standard of the left, no one is allowed to criticize Lizzo or suggest that celebrating morbid obesity is a dangerous pursuit. Some people are starting to think the “Truth Hurts” singer is the opposite of oppressed since even basic rules of health don’t apply to her.

“It’s hard to think of a less oppressed figure than Lizzo,” The Daily Wire’s Ben Shapiro said in response to the speech. “This is a danger to Democrats. The more they preach that, the more they lose.”

Lizzo has ventured into political propaganda too. She donated $500,000 to Planned Parenthood just after the overturning of Roe v. Wade in June and has spoken about other social issues, including the trans agenda.

“I’m proud to rep Houston, but I’m not proud to rep Texas politics right now,” Lizzo told the crowd at SXSW in March. “Mind your business. Trans rights are human rights.”

During the same event, she called Texas’s abortion ban “atrocious.”

“Stay out of my body. This is not political,” Lizzo said, while claiming conservative politicians were “all up in your uterus.”

Lizzo isn’t the only one promoting obesity in the culture. Recently, fashion brand Abercrombie & Fitch went viral for publishing photos of a larger than average plus-sized model wearing their clothing, and Victoria’s Secret has taken a similar approach with their brand. Lizzo appeared on the cover of Vogue in 2020.

And during that cover interview, she addressed her icon status. Lizzo says she doesn’t want to become the poster child for body positivity. She just wants obesity to become the norm. A statement like that doesn’t promote kindness, or freedom, or eliminate any type of oppression. It just seems to try and replace the current standard of health with a new, illogical one.

“It’s commercialized,” she said of the trend. “Now, you look at the hashtag ‘body positive,’ and you see smaller-framed girls, curvier girls. Lotta white girls. And I feel no ways about that, because inclusivity is what my message is always about. I’m glad that this conversation is being included in the mainstream narrative.”

She continued, saying larger women are getting overshadowed by people who aren’t fat enough.

“What I don’t like is how the people that this term was created for are not benefiting from it. Girls with back fat, girls with bellies that hang, girls with thighs that aren’t separated, that overlap. Girls with stretch marks. You know, girls who are in the 18-plus club,” she continued. “They need to be benefiting from…the mainstream effect of body positivity now. But with everything that goes mainstream, it gets changed. It gets—you know, it gets made acceptable.”

“I think it’s lazy for me to just say I’m body positive at this point,” Lizzo told Vogue. “It’s easy. I would like to be body-normative. I want to normalize my body. And not just be like, ‘Ooh, look at this cool movement. Being fat is body positive.’ No, being fat is normal. I think now, I owe it to the people who started this to not just stop here. We have to make people uncomfortable again, so that we can continue to change. Change is always uncomfortable, right?”

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