LIZZO kept her crown firmly in place as the queen of body positivity as she slammed back at a doctor who criticised her weight.
The 31-year-old Truth Hurts hitmaker brushed off claims made by commentator Dr. Boyce Watkins that Lizzo is popular only because there is an obesity epidemic in America.
The Juice singer responded to his fat-shaming with a brush off which put her talent at centre-stage.
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,Watkins hadtweetedlast week. “Unfortunately, many of these people are dying from diabetes and heart disease.
Lizzo – who was named Entertainer of the Year by Associated Press on Friday – came back on Twitter on Monday, responding: Im popular because I write good songs and Im talented and perform high energy hour and a half shows filled with love. The only person who needs to do better is you.
She concluded: Keep my name out ya mouth & look in the mirror before you come for me. Heres the attention you ordered.
Watkins doubled down on Wednesday, despite her mic drop clap back, amending his argument to say his real gripe with the pop star is her behaviour, calling the performer a minstrel show,” – a remark which had her fans demanding an apology from him.
The eight-time Grammy nominee has yet to respond to his follow-up comments.
Earlier this month, Lizzo had addressed the social media outrage after she was spotted twerking in a thong while courtside at a Los Angeles Lakers game.
“Never ever let somebody stop you or shame you from being yourself,” she said in a late-night livestream. “This is who I’ve always been. Now everyone’s lookin’ at it, and your criticism can just remain your criticism. Your criticism has no effect on me.”
“Nothing really breaks my joy,” she continued. I’m a really solid, grounded person, and I know that I’m shocking because you’ve never seen in a long time a body like mine doing whatever it wants to do and dressing the way that it dresses and moving the way that it moves.”
She later explained the reasoning behind her moves.
The Laker Girls came out and they started dancing to Juice and I just got so excited. And I wanted to show them how much I appreciate and support and love that they wanted to do that for me, Lizzo explained. So, I stood up and danced.