The political correctness gatekeepers are apparently angry with Grammy-winning singer Lizzo because she took a step toward living a healthier lifestyle.
In a video posted to her Instagram account Monday, Lizzo, whose real name is Melissa Viviane Jefferson, announced she did a 10-day smoothie juice cleanse because, in November, she drank too much, ate too much spicy food, and was dealing with a great deal of stress.
“I think I just wanted to stress eat and do things that were, like, kind of self-harming,” the entertainer explained. “I think that it’s just great to reset your stomach and reset things, especially when you deal with gastrointestinal issues like I do. But I think I look [expletive] great, too.”
Apparently, there was a shortage of things to be outraged at Monday, so Twitter had to settle for being angry with the “Truth Hurts” singer.
Stephanie Yeboah, a writer and an activist in the “fat acceptance movement,” led the way in rebuking Lizzo for making a decision about her health.
In a tweet thread — some of which has since been deleted — Yeboah lamented:
It was inevitable. The industry is so violent towards fat women. Of course she was going to submit to toxic diet culture. It was only a matter of time.
Lizzo doesn’t owe us anything and she’s absolutely free to do whatever she wants. I think the disappointment lies in a lot of us (especially fat, black women) seeing ourselves in a woman who was so proud and confident in her body. It made us want to do the same to ours.
The body Lizzo exists in has opened her up to a lot of fatphobia. A lot of abuse. A lot of harassment and a lot of online bullying [and] health trolling. I can understand how this can get to someone and why they can decide to change their body to be seen as more acceptable.
I have empathy for those who succumb to the pressures of fatphobia — especially when you are in the public eye. Especially when you exist within several intersections that carry little privilege.
Another Twitter user wrote in a since-deleted tweet that she felt “so betrayed” to learn Lizzo drank a juice cleanse.
“My heart hurts with all my fat peers today,” lamented one critic. “Even though she won’t say it and will probably excuse it, I’m sorry that Lizzo did that to us. We are worthy and what she posted was so [expletive]. If you are triggered and upset by it, I am right there with you.”
For what it’s worth, Lizzo has since responded to her critics’ bizarre attacks.
“Big girls do whatever [you] want with your bodies!!!” she wrote. “I’m just as proud of my results from my smoothie detox as I am of my belly curves and swerves.”
“I’m so proud of myself,” she said in a video. “I’m proud of my results. My sleep has improved, my hydration, my inner peace, my mental stability, my [expletive] body, my [expletive] skin, the whites of my eyes. Like, I feel and look like a bad [expletive].”