Lizzo Addressed the Criticism About Her "Inappropriate" Outfit at the Lakers Game
The singer's outfit sparked a massive debate on Twitter.
It's pretty common to spot celebrities sitting courtside at basketball games. But when "Truth Hurts" singer Lizzo went to an L.A. Lakers game earlier this week, all eyes were on her—and it wasn't just because of her celeb status.
The singer attended the game wearing an oversized black T-shirt with a large circle cut out around her butt. Even though she wore tights, her black thong was clearly visible underneath. The outfit called for some twerking, which is exactly what Lizzo gave her fans when her song "Juice" came on during the game. (Related: The Workouts Lizzo Does to ~Feel Good As Hell~ While She's On the Road Touring)
As she started to dance, cameras were quick to show her on the big screen. Take a look:
Naturally, folks on Twitter had some ~thoughts~ about the singer's outfit. While some thought the moment was funny, others thought it was "inappropriate." (Related: Lizzo Opened Up About Loving Her Body and Her "Blackness")
"I love Lizzo, but this isn't appropriate for ANYONE to wear to a game with kids present no matter what their shape or size," one person argued in a tweet.
Another tweeted: "It's not even a weight thing. You gotta know when to be ratchet and when to be classy."
But several others offered a different point of view and stood up for the singer. "It just sucks that it takes someone so talented, positive and beautiful being continuously torn down for some of y'all to finally believe fatphobia is real," one person shared on Twitter. "Your fat friends [have] been telling you, but welcome. Time to support us too."
Others called out an underlying double standard: "When full-figured women like Lizzo dress unapologetically they're called inappropriate, sloppy, and desperate. If a skinny chick does it then it's chic, edgy, and innovative! Why the double standard?" (See: Where the Body-Positivity Movement Stands and Where It Needs to Go)
Lizzo is no stranger to embracing her body, especially in photos she shares on social media. So it comes as no surprise that this isn't the first time she's been accused of "using her body to get attention."
But to shut down the haters for good, Lizzo responded to the controversy in an Instagram Live video on Monday. During the live-stream, the singer said she's not going to change herself, regardless of what people say.
"Who I am and the essence of me and the things that I choose to do as a grown-a** woman can inspire you to do the same," she said. "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." (Related: Lizzo Wants You to Know She's Not "Brave" for Loving Herself)
Lizzo went on to note that this kind of criticism doesn't faze her whatsoever. "This is who I've always been," she explained during her Instagram Live video. "Now everyone's looking 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, no control over my life, over my emotions. I'm the happiest I've ever been, I'm surrounded by love." (Related: Lizzo Opened Up About Her Mental Health In "Emotionally Honest" Instagram Posts)
The singer concluded her video by addressing her haters directly: "I just want to spread that love and also spread these cheeks," she said. "And you know what, if you really don't like my a**, you can kiss it. 'Cause kissing it makes it go away, I promise."
Whether you're with Lizzo on this one or not, it's worth appreciating the fact that every time someone tries to put her down, she continues to not only own her identity, but she also encourages others to do the same. "It's so exciting to me to finally be at a level [in my career] where I have exposure to my Black sisters, my big sisters, my Black trans sisters," the singer recently told Essence. "It's not about being poppin'. It's not about being famous or fashion. It's about being better and making sure that this world can hear us and respect us."