You can call it much ado about nothing — or barely at all — when it comes to an outfit Lizzo wore to a recent L.A. Laker’s game.
The rapper and singing sensation caused quite a sensation when the Lakers took on the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday. It happened when the Laker Girls were peforming to her song “Juice.” Lizzo got up and started twerking. And then she turned around to reveal her very revealing outfit.
Sure, on the front it looked like she was wearing a relatively modest black dress. But when the camera panned onto her, she showed off her moves and her backside. The back of the dress wasn’t covered and the cut-off showed little more than her thong.
That set off a controversy and a lot of criticism. Many found her outfit inappropriate for the occasion.
“Y’all turn people’s inappropriateness into a think-piece every time,” one tweet said, according to the British newspaper the Independent.
“I, a fat woman, am NOT fat-phobic for thinking Lizzo’s ass out at a basketball game was a bit much.”
“The fact that Lizzo’s outfit was inappropriate doesn’t change the fact that many of you are indeed fatphobic,” said another tweet.
Today, Lizzo responded. And she’s not sitting back and taking the criticism.
“Who I am and the essence of me and the things that I choose to do as a grown ass woman can inspire you to do the same, you don’t have to be like me,” according to an Instagram post from “theshaderoom.”
“You need to be like you. Never, ever let somebody stop you or shame you from being yourself. This is who I’ve always been. Now everyone’s looking at it and your criticism can just remain your criticism.”
The controversy has set off a debate about what this is really about. Was it the outfit or are people who are criticizing Lizzo just fat-shaming her? She doesn’t care.
“Your criticism has no effect on me,” she said.
“Negative criticism has no stake in my life, no control over my life, over my emotions.”
Her online supporters also wondered if race is behind the negative things being said about the 31-year-old.
“If you have to preface your criticism of Lizzo with, “it’s not because she’s fat and Black,” chances are you feel small type of way about fat Black women. And I’mma just leave it there,” tweeted a fan quoted in Rolling Stone Magazine.
Again, Lizzo doesn’t care what’s behind the criticism. In fact, she says he doesn’t care about her critics at all. She’s successful and she’s doing it her way. But more importantly, she says she’s happy and loved.
“I’m the happiest I’ve ever been and surrounded by so much love. I just wanna spread that love and also spread these cheeks. And if you really don’t like my ass, you can kiss it,” she said.
Quite cheeky, all right.