I’m not even sure where to start with this. In case you haven’t heard I’ll recap the insanity. Pop star Lizzo went to a Lakers game in a loose T shirt dress with a cut out at the behind which exposed her bare cheeks and black thong. During the game Lizzo was put on the jumbotron and she did a little dance. It was cute but then she turned around so the camera can get a look at her bare butt cheeks and thong while she continued to dance.
I was appalled by it but there’s a lot of shocking things going on in the world today. I was prepared to file this away and move forward. But then Lizzo and her dress with the butt cut out became a trending topic and Lizzo went on a rant on IG. And here is where the problem starts for me. Lizzo is quoted as saying “if you don’t like my a$$ you can kiss it”. We weren’t thinking about her a$$ until she showed it to us.
The so called #bodypositive rant is what made this incident a feminist and “woke” talking point on You Tube this week. Lizzo is a #bodypositivity ambassador and the body positivity movement rubs me the wrong way. I’ve seen #bodypositivity posts all over Instagram and they come across as a manipulative scam.
#bodypositivity is a way to get women out of their clothes. #bodyposi convinces women that they have to take off their clothes in order to prove that they love their bodies and are confident women. The #bodyposi community believes that bearing it all is a way to conquer insecurities.
The #bodypositivity movement really has very little to do with confidence and being happy with yourself. It has more to do with seeking attention and validation. I have more respect for #thirsttrapthursday posts. At least they are completely honest in their intentions and they aren’t fake woke.
The #bodypositivity and modern feminist movement is telling women that they should seek to be lusted after. Modern feminism and #bodypositivity are not seeking to have women valued as a human beings and individuals. The focus on a woman’s body and not anything else she can offer the world.
Lizzo is beautiful, talented, energetic and charismatic. I wouldn’t have noticed that she is heavy without her pointing it out. Her size and feminist activism is part of her brand despite the fact that she is a well trained classical flutist and rapper (what a combination) with a great stage presence. Lizzo has a great deal to offer the world but instead she chooses to focus on a$$.
She is selling herself short and the image that she puts out of herself is cartoonish. I feel like she is living up to stereotypes about larger women, particularly large Black women. Lizzo claims to be standing up for women that don’t have slim bodies but she presents full figure in unflattering ways when it would be very easy for her to project a stylish image. She has the goods and resources to do so.
I’m curious about what Lizzo was expecting when she turned her bare backside to the jumbotron camera. Was she expecting a round of applause? She received criticism from showing her thonged behind in public (shocker) and then she went into victim mode and told everyone that they were criticizing her because she is big and Black. She didn’t take into consideration that her actions would be seen as uncouth to some if not most people.
But Lizzo isn’t the biggest problem. The biggest problem are the social media feminists. They say that the world was trying to police her body because she is a Black with a lot of meat. She could have worn almost anything without criticism but she chose something that she knew would be controversial. Those of us that find her taste and behavior to be questionable are now being made out to be bigots and chauvinists. This is emotional blackmail.
It’s not our job to validate every person when they do things for shock value or out of desperation. And we don’t have to give positive reinforcement to Hollyweird and rich n word culture. This Lizzo situation is almost a real life version of The Emperor’s New Clothes.
Lizzo could do a lot to represent full figured women by just being the talented and beautiful woman that she is but she’s wasting this opportunity with her shenanigans. I do not think that the activism that she is becoming known for will sustain her career as a musician. If no one’s told Lizzo this, you’re pretty and talented. You don’t need to pull childish pranks.