Lizzo isn’t about to let anyone stop her from feeling good as hell. After someone on Twitter said that Lizzo is only popular because of the “obesity epidemic” currently plaguing America, the “Truth Hurts” singer had to deliver some actual truth to the troll and clapped back in the best way.
On December 20th, a Twitter user who goes by “Dr Boyce Watkins” tweeted out a hot take on why Lizzo’s popularity has skyrocketed in recent months.
#Lizzo popular is because there is an obesity epidemic in America. Rather than encouraging people to do better, we are simply lying to them and telling them that they are just fine the way they are.— Dr Boyce Watkins (@drboycewatkins1) December 20, 2019
Unfortunately, Many of these people are dying from diabetes and heart disease pic.twitter.com/75TY8jJRIX
This tweet gained enough traction that it showed up on Lizzo’s radar, and the singer felt the need to address it. Her main point was that her fame actually has nothing to do with her image—as should be the case for everyone who is recognized for their talent.
She didn’t just drop the mic. She threw the whole mic stand off the stage.
I’m popular because I write good songs and I’m talented and perform high energy hour and a half shows filled with love.— Feelin Good As Hell (@lizzo) December 23, 2019
The only person who needs to do better is you.
Keep my name out ya mouth & look in the mirror before you come for me.
Here’s the attention you ordered 😏 https://t.co/zXnOv4f9Dr
And she had her army of Lizzbians behind her. “@lizzo is popular because she is free,” one Twitter user explained. “No matter what anyone thinks or says; she continues to live her life. She is confident and bold where as others hide and falsify themselves to be something else. Flawless beauty inside and out.”
@lizzo is popular because she is free. Free being herself in her own skin. No matter what anyone thinks or says; she continues to live her life. She is confident and bold where as others hide and falsify themselves to be something else. Flawless beauty inside and out.— Christy Jones (@sweetcincylove) December 20, 2019
“She’s not your patient, and it’s highly inappropriate for you to be opining on her medical condition on a public forum,” another shot back. “Physician, heal thyself.”
Lizzo is popular because of her talent. She's not your patient, and it's highly inappropriate for you to be opining on her medical condition on a public forum. Physician, heal thyself.— Jack Straw (@qwosl) December 23, 2019
And another person pointed out the odd double standard here: if Watkins is going to call out Lizzo for her weight, then they need to address the other issues that run rampant in the music industry.
If we are going to start worrying about celebs promoting healthy lifestyles we need to cancel all rappers because of drug use. But it's easier to insult a successful black woman do that will never happen.— Justin hates mices to pieces (@ThatGuyYus) December 23, 2019
There were so many good tweets of support. It’s worth reading through all the replies attached to Lizzo’s clapback.
Honestly tired of hearing men’s opinions on women and girls. Never ending onslaught of opinions on our bodies, our appearances, our actions, and on the violence against us. I don’t care what letters are in front of your name, learn when to mind your business or how to listen. pic.twitter.com/8FgLa7EpL8— KpopTookOverMyLife (@mheiligm) December 23, 2019
For real I learned who you were because I kept hearing songs and thinking "damn this is good, who is this" and looking up the artist and it was Lizzo. Didn't know what you looked like. It's all about the music.— Elizabeth Rubio (@rubiowrites) December 23, 2019
Dr. Watkins out here addressing your fine-ness like he has an MD behind his name.— 🎁 Veronica is Present 🎁 (@LovesTheBern) December 23, 2019
Sir, your PhD is in finance. @lizzo he just big mad that no amount of his work will reach the people you reach, through love.
Be well, beautiful. xx
Man... Lizzo’s cardio is off the charts. I dare these haters to try to keep up with her dance, twerk, flute and singing routine. That ish ain’t easy. Furthermore when I was “depressed” I was super “skinny” and people said I looked good. I was not heathy.— James (@SoHighDef) December 23, 2019
BAM.— ⚖️Mindy!! (@all_the_Mindy) December 23, 2019
Unfortunately, there will always be naysayers and haters in the world. But thankfully, we can all learn how to better handle them by taking Lizzo’s confidence and ability to draft an expert clap back as an example.