Lizzo Addresses Fatphobic Comments in 2022 MTV VMAs Speech

Lizzo is not fearful about what naysayers remark about her as a result of she’s nonetheless a winner. The “2 Be Loved (Am I Ready)” singer accepted the video for good award on the 2022 MTV VMAs Sunday evening for her “About Damn Time” visible, graciously thanking followers for voting for her throughout her acceptance speech. “I don’t know what music video for good means, but I do know what your vote means . . . your vote means everything to me, everything to making a change in this country,” she mentioned. “So remember when you’re voting for your favorite artists, vote to change some of these laws that are oppressing us.”

Lizzo additionally added, “I want to say thank you so much for supporting me and loving on me,” earlier than addressing some latest feedback about her physique. “And now, to the b*tches that got something to say to me in the press,” she joked. “You know what, I’m not gonna say nothing. They be like, ‘Lizzo, why don’t you clap back?’ ‘Cause b*tch, I’m winning, hoe! Big b*tches winning, hoe! Best revenge is your paper!”

The pop star’s speech got here after a video of comic Aries Spears commenting on Lizzo’s physical appearance went viral on Twitter over the weekend. Lizzo’s followers wasted no time defending her for the insensitive and fatphobic remarks, and lots of thought her feedback on Sunday have been a clap-back. She later clarified in an Aug. 29 tweet, “Lemme make one thing VERY clear— I wasn’t addressing anybody in my speech last night.. I was addressing EVERYBODY.”

Sadly, this is not the primary time she’s needed to name out body-shaming trolls on-line. In August 2021, the singer hopped on Instagram Live to deal with the “hurtful” fatphobic and racist feedback she’d acquired. “On the days I feel I should be the happiest, I feel so down,” she mentioned. “It’s like it doesn’t matter how much positive energy you put into the world, you’re still going to have people who have something mean to say about you. And for the most part, it doesn’t hurt my feelings; I don’t care. I just think when I’m working this hard, my tolerance gets lower. My patience is lower. I’m more sensitive, and it gets to me.”

Aside from her win, Lizzo’s huge evening on the VMAs additionally featured her opening up the award present with a stunning efficiency, following Jack Harlow and Fergie. This year, Lizzo was nominated in 5 classes, together with artist of the year, music of the year, and finest pop. Her boyfriend, Myke Wright, accompanied her to the present and cheered her on in the viewers as she accepted her first award of the evening.

The pair went public and made their crimson carpet debut in June at Lizzo’s LA For Your Consideration occasion for her Prime Video collection, “Lizzo’s Watch Out For the Big Grrrls.” Fans have been curious whether or not the singer would have Wright on her arm when she hit the VMAs, and whereas he was in attendance, Lizzo walked the carpet solo.

Additional reporting by Njera Perkins

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