Lizzo might have responded to recent criticism about her body by issuing a calculated statement, but instead she chose to celebrate her own achievement. This is an even more effective approach of handling the situation.
(Which, if you think about it, feels much more fulfilling.) During her acceptance speech for an MTV Video Music Award tonight, the singer praised “big bitches winning” and cited a line from Beyoncé’s song “Formation,” which said “Best revenge is your paper, bitch!” The audience applauded her victory as she recited the line.
After the comedian Aries Spears degraded Lizzo’s physical appearance during an interview for The Art of Dialogue in late August, comparing her to a certain emoji and “a plate of mashed potatoes,” Lizzo took to social media to respond.
The singer known for the song “About Damn Time” certainly had a hard time keeping the body-shaming comments from getting to her.
She wrote in a tweet on August 25 that “Crying myself to sleep was so wonderful the night before I guess I’ll do it again tonight.”
The singer, however, had no qualms about dismissing as irrelevant any unfair or unkind comments when she was presented with the Video For Good award tonight and walked the red carpet looking like one of the finest dressed attendees of the evening.
She began by asking, “Aries, what’s up?,” addressing the women who had anything negative to say about her in the media: “And now, to the bitches that got something to say about me in the press.”
At the 2015 Video Music Awards, Nicki Minaj asked Miley Cyrus, “And now, back to this bitch who had a lot to say about me the other day in the press: Miley, what’s good?” This was a blatant allusion to Nicki Minaj’s now-famous comment, which went viral shortly after it was made.
But that was the last time I mentioned anyone’s name. The conversation proceeded with Lizzo saying, “You know what, I ain’t going to say nothing. They are saying things to me like, “Lizzo, why don’t you clap back?” Why don’t you give it to me straight?’ Because, chick, I’m coming out on top, ho.
And it’s true: Lizzo’s optimism and self-love overwhelms any sceptics, even how loud their protestations might be. She has numerous viral hits, a profitable shapewear line, a happy reality series carrying her name, and a legion of admirers eager to defend their idol.