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Lizzo Calls Out 'Body-Shaming Men' In New Interview

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By Tara Lloyd

Musician and body positivity legend Lizzo has called out "body-shaming men" in an explosive new interview.

Speaking to Brazil's TV Folha, she blasted the double standards that exist when it comes to women's bodies.

"I think that women are always going to be criticized for existing in their bodies and I don’t think I'm any different than any of the other great women who've come before me that had to literally be politicized just to be sexual…you know what I mean?" she said. "[Just to] exist."

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She also pointed out that women have been dealing with this double standard for years.

"Things that were beautiful on them were called flaws, and they persisted against that, fought against that, and now I'm able to do what I do because of those great women," she said.

"And they all look completely different, they don't all look the same, and they all had to deal with the same kind of marginalization and misogyny."

She added, "So, what does that tell you about the oppressor? What does that tell you about men? Get it together, we don't talk about your d--k sizes, do we? Like, 'that's not a conventional d--k size, it's too small,'" she said. "We still let ya'll a--es run all over the goddamn place."

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Lizzo has long been a champion for body positivity and inclusivity, as she explained to TIME after being named their 2019 Entertainer of the Year.

"I've been doing positive music for a long-a- time," she said. "Then the culture changed. There were a lot of things that weren't popular but existed, like body positivity, which at first was a form of protest for fat bodies and black women and has now become a trendy, commercialized thing. Now I've seen it reach the mainstream. Suddenly I'm mainstream! How could we have guessed something like this would happen when we've never seen anything like this before?"

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Earlier this year, The Biggest Loser trainer Jillian Michaels caused controversy when she asked why fans were "celebrating" Lizzo's body.

In an interview with Buzzfeed, Michaels said, "Why does it matter? Why aren't we celebrating her music? 'Cause it isn't gonna be awesome if she gets diabetes."

Although she said that she and her children were fans of Lizzo's music, she added, "But there's never a moment where I'm like, 'And I'm so glad that she's overweight.' "

After receiving harsh criticism from Lizzo stans, Michaels posted a statement to her Instagram page.

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Lizzo, real name Melissa Vivienne Jefferson, achieved mainstream success with the release of her 2019 album Cuz I Love You.

She was nominated for eight Grammys at this year's awards ceremony, including Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Best New Artist - all of which she lost to Billie Eilish.

She did walk away with the awards for Best Urban Contemporary Album, Best Pop Solo Performance and Best Traditional R&B Performance for the song "Jerome".

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