Update, December 10: “Bitch, you really think that because somebody on Twitter think that I’m not cute I’m gonna stop existing?” That’s Lizzo gently telling haters that she and her butt are here to stay. The singer took to Instagram for a chat on Monday, December 9, that was part sermon and part sleepover hangout to address critics who scolded and shamed her for twerking in a thong at a Los Angeles Lakers game on Sunday. (More on that below.)
“I know that I’m shocking because you’ve never seen—in a long time—a body like mine doing whatever it wants to do and dressing the way that it dresses and moving the way that it moves,” she says in the lengthy video. “But I don’t ever want to censor myself because I’m suddenly famous. I don’t want to censor myself because everyone’s looking at me now. I’m not going to quiet myself. I’m not going to shrink myself because somebody thinks that I’m not sexy to them.”
If that’s not enough to get you fired up to take off your pants in public, Lizzo also brought her cheeky (sorry) sense of humor. “I’m the happiest I’ve ever been, I’m surrounded by love, and I just want to spread that love and also spread these cheeks,” she said.
Having successfully told her critics to, ahem, butt out, Lizzo blessed viewers and tearfully reflected on the losses and painful journeys she’s gone through to get to a place of joy. Tears still in her eyes, she looked at the camera, laughed, and said, “Should I give a little twerk?”
Original post: If you buy tickets to an L.A. Lakers game, you also will see the dancing Laker Girls—dozens of women in crop tops and underwear, shaking it to the beat. If you were there on December 8, you would have seen Lizzo, watching from courtside seats as the dancers performed to her song “Juice,” get up and dance too. Like the Laker Girls, she was wearing underwear. And like the Laker Girls, she shook her ass.
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’Twas a twerk heard ’round the world: In response to a video of a few seconds of her dancing, Lizzo was condemned and ridiculed online. Her name was the number-one trending term on Twitter, where “popular” posts compared her to Rikishi, a male wrestler. One particularly vile tweet has over 1,000 likes.
Of course, many of her fans spoke up for the queen of self-love.
Hmm…why is it that when the Laker Girls dance in their underwear, they’re cheered, but when Lizzo does it, she’s called disgusting and told to cover up?
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