If there is one constant in the music industry it's that, confident fat women will always make people mad for some reason. Even more so if they happen to be a person of color.
We once again see that truth ringing out with previous "The Biggest Loser" trainer Jillian Michaels who went on BuzzFeed's live show AM to DM.
While on the air, she was asked about the body positivity movement that surrounds Lizzo and her answers weren't just bad, they were abhorrent.
Michaels said on the show, "Why are we celebrating her body? Why does it matter? Why aren't we celebrating her music? 'Cause it isn't gonna be awesome if she gets diabetes."
It didn't stop there. She also went on to say, "I love her music. My kid loves her music. But there's never a moment where I'm like, 'And I'm so glad that she's overweight.'"
Many may stop here and think, "well she is right," but she couldn't be farther from the truth.
As one fan pointed out, "Lizzo spends hours every night singing and playing the flute during intensive dance cardio. Just admit that the only self worth you've found for yourself is in your thinness, Jillian, then go to therapy & do the work to love yourself."
Michaels is perpetuating the myth that to be happy with your body, you need to be skinny and fit a mold.
The National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorder states, "Body shaming is known as the action or practice of expressing humiliation about another individual’s body shape or size; a form of bullying that can result in severe emotional trauma, especially at a young age. Body shaming is done by parents, siblings, friends, enemies, and schoolmates and is often portrayed in the media."
Kids need role models with their body types, being comfortable being themselves, to set an example. Yes, you can say that being 'overweight' is linked to heart disease and diabetes and you would be correct. However, using that to make a bunch of people feel miserable in their own skin isn't right.
We do things every day that hurt our health. We smoke various substances, drink alcohol, and put an insane amount of 'unhealthy' items into our meals. But, none of them are shamed as much as body weight.
So the next time you feel like you need to tell someone else how they should feel about their body, don't. It is hurtful and causes a lot more harm than good.