Singer Lizzo has dealt with untold amounts of fat phobia and body shaming, and in a recent TikTok video, she decided to specifically call out those who judge her body. In a minute-long TikTok, which now has nearly 4 million views on TikTok and many more on Twitter, she speaks over a montage of clips of her working out and looking incredible.
"Hey," she says, "so I've been working out consistently for the last five years, and it may come as a surprise to some of y'all, but I'm not working out to have your ideal body type. I'm working out to have my ideal body type. And you know what type that is? None of your f--king business because I am beautiful, I am strong, I do my job, and I stay on my job."
She continues, "So next time you want to come to somebody and judge them, whether they drink kale smoothies or eat McDonald's or workout or not workout, how about you look at your own f--king self and worry about your own goddamn body because health is not just determined on what you look like on the outside.
"Health is also what happens on the inside, and a lot of y'all need to do a f--king cleanse for your insides. Namaste. Have a great day."
If you aren't standing up and applauding Lizzo for those words even though she cannot see or hear you, we are not the same. Not surprisingly, this video got a lot of love but also a lot of hate from people who weren't listening.
Many pointed out that it's obvious Lizzo works out and takes care of herself just from her stamina onstage. She spends entire concerts jumping and dancing and running and playing flute, a level of energy that very few of us would be able to sustain.
But Lizzo's point is that she shouldn't even have to prove that she's in good health to be respected and not judged for her body. It's simply no one's business but her own. She shouldn't have to prove that she works out regularly (even though it's evident to anyone who pays attention).
Fatness does not automatically equate to unhealthiness, and it's beyond time for people to get a grip and realize that. Even on this very video, which shows her working out and in which she talks about working out regularly, some were still commenting that she was unhealthy, which they have absolutely no basis for.
"You can be obese and still have energy short term," someone whined. "If she continues her poor diet and exercise and remains obese, the cardiovascular system will not be able to keep up with the demand. Obesity is not positive, it’s not beautiful. It’s dangerous."
"People should still stop glamorizing obesity," another person wrote. Many were quick to point out that if that's the case, we should also stop glamorizing being skinny because size is not an indicator of health.
Clearly, @TheDejaKing is right. No matter what she says, how much she explains and defends herself and just tries to live her live, Lizzo is constantly bombarded by body shaming and hate.
The comments on this video, which she addressed directly to body shamers (!!!!!) proves her exact point. Yet again. Phew, please let Lizzo live her life.