Sunday, October 17, 2021

Black Twitter Compares Lizzo to Jill Scott in ‘Fat Shaming’ Debate [VIDEO]

*Over the weekend, Black Twitter engaged in a Lizzo vs. Jill Scott debate, which began trending following Jill’s soulful #verzuz battle with Erykah Badu

Jilly from Philly appears to be the fan favorite, as many believe Lizzo makes Black folks uncomfortable because of her size and how she, sometimes, appears comfortable in her skin 

Some might say Jill is thick and curvy in all the right places, while Lizzo is a sloppy hot mess. 

Here’s what MadameNoire has to say about the debate:

Society hates fat people and despite the fact that Black people have the highest reported rates of obesity in the country, we are just as hateful and intolerant as any other group. The reason Jill Scott doesn’t even come close to receiving the same amount of hate as Lizzo can be attributed to a handful of factors; however, the most glaring reason is that Lizzo refuses to stay in the box that people love to keep plus-sized women confined to.

Lizzo is unapologetic about her size and people hate her for it. 

It’s also worth noting that Jill’s style is more conservative, while Lizzo has no problem literally showing her ass – and some folks find this quite triggering. 

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Earlier this year Lizzo took a break from social media  after folks slammed her for being an “obese clown.”

The “Truth Hurts” singer said in a tweet, “Yeah I can’t do this Twitter sh*t no more.. too many trolls… I’ll be back when I feel like it.”

Her breakup with Twitter came after her online beef with Dr. Boyce Watkins, who said her popularity was due to the “obesity epidemic in America.”

On Dec. 20, Watkins wrote: “#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. Unfortunately, Many of these people are dying from diabetes and heart disease.”

The “Juice” singer clapped back: “I’m popular because I write good songs and I’m talented and perform high energy hour and a half shows filled with love. 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.” 

lizzo at lakers game
Lizzo at a Los Angeles game

Dr. Watkins responded to her by tweeting, “This lady is an embarrassment to the entire Black community… one butter biscuit away from a heart attack. A clown.”

He also defended his comments in a Youtube live video on Dec. 26. 

“Lizzo is a pretty big Black woman. I would say she is obese – morbidly obese – and she brags about it. So it’s not an insult to say that she is obese,” Watkins said during an interview with renowned scholar, activist and author Dr. Claud Anderson on his YouTube Channel.

Rapper Azealia Banks previously slammed Lizzo for being the “Millennial Mammy” for white folks. 

“I understand the body positivity thing but … imagine what the rest of the world thinks when they see lizzo jumping around in leotards with cellulite,” Banks wrote on social media in September. “No one says body positivity – she looks like she is making a fool of her black self for a white American public. Nothing more nothing less.”

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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