Just as the controversy over Lizzo bearing her booty at a basketball game died down, the singer’s body is back in the headlines. But this time, it’s because she had the perfect clapback for a hater who said that Lizzo was only successful in her music career because of the “obesity epidemic” facing the U.S. The “Water Me” songstress quickly informed the troll that she was successful in her career due to her talent — not her weight.
“Lizzo popular is because there is an obesity epidemic in America. Rather than encouraging people to do better, we are simply lying to them and telling them that they are just fine the way they are. Unfortunately, many of these people are dying from diabetes and heart disease,” the person wrote.
Their comment didn’t sit right with the Grammy-nominated singer.
“I’m popular because I write good songs and I’m talented and perform high energy hour and a half shows filled with love. The only person who needs to do better is you. Keep my name out ya mouth & look in the mirror before you come for me.”
“Here’s the attention you ordered,” she concluded.
Lizzo’s fans were on board with the singer’s response. One person asked why people feel like they need to body shame and judge other people publicly. Another asked if the troll could manage to sing to sold-out crowds for an hour and a half every night. Still others called the commenter ignorant and cheered on the singer for her response.
A short while later, Lizzo re-tweeted a comment that suggested that people don’t need to respond in anger to every mean comment that comes their way because it holds back their progress and prevents them from having peace. The comment suggested that it’s okay to let haters go without attention.
Lizzo isn’t known for doing that, however. Earlier this month, the singer faced criticism after she twerked at a Lakers game, baring her butt to the cameras. While the stadium cameras cut away from the dance as soon as her exposed rear became evident, it apparently wasn’t quick enough for some. People on social media said that the move was offensive and inappropriate given the children in the audience.
The hitmaker, who is a vocal champion of healthy body images, told the haters that she wasn’t going to let them stop her from being happy and doing what she loves.