“Anybody that uses body positivity to sell something is using it for their personal gain. We weren’t selling anything in the beginning. We were just selling ourselves and selling ourselves on the idea – selling ourselves on ourselves.”
“When I get really, really anxious before a show, I just go harder and harder and harder when I’m performing and I just go crazy. I don’t know why, but my anxiety sometimes fuels who I am as a performer and who I am as an artist. I don’t know if my body just, like, out of a desperate need to find a place for my anxiety or find a use for it, takes it and puts it there.”
Lizzo has been the talk of the last year, dominating the radio and appearing on the cover of magazines. Everyone seems to have an opinion about the pop star, and the latest to air hers is The Biggest Loser ‘s Jillian Michaels. In an interview on Buzzfeed’s “AM2DM” morning talk show, the famous personal trainer decided to criticize Lizzo’s weight.
“Why are we celebrating her body? Why does it matter? Why aren’t we celebrating her music? ‘Cause it isn’t going to be awesome if she gets diabetes.”
.@JillianMichaels on Lizzo: "Why are we celebrating her body? Why does it matter? Why aren't we celebrating her music? 'Cause it isn't gonna be awesome if she gets diabetes." pic.twitter.com/FkKBd8J87b
— AM2DM by BuzzFeed News (@AM2DM) January 8, 2020
People immediately started talking about this criticism on Twitter, and some people were on Michaels’ side.
“As an overweight fat person, I ?agree with @JillianMichaels about Lizzo. Accepting being fat is the same as accepting being poor or unsuccessful. Nobody wants it; it’s a matter of how hard we want to change it. But stop disguising ‘giving up’ as ‘acceptance.'”
“Rebranding failure as success is delusion disguised as progressiveness. Real acceptance is saying ‘hey, I don’t like where I’m at right now and I need to work to fix it.'”
As an overweight fat person, I 💯agree with @JillianMichaels about Lizzo. Accepting being fat is the same as accepting being poor or unsuccessful. Nobody wants it; it’s a matter of how hard we want to change it. But stop disguising “giving up” as “acceptance.”
— Josh Denny (@JoshDenny) January 8, 2020
However, most people were #TeamLizzo on this one, pointing out that Lizzo’s shows are incredible athletic feats and that Michaels is just projecting.
“More people die from complications of anorexia than any other mental illness, but sure, let’s ask for Lizzo’s bloodwork.”
“Lizzo spends hours every night singing and playing the flute during intensive dance cardio. Just admit that the only self worth you’ve found for yourself is in your thinness, Jillian, then go to therapy & do the work to love yourself.”
“Also, if Jillian Michaels actually cared about folks getting fit and healthy to meet whatever her own ideal is (which she doesn’t, she’s just selling you her own disorder repackaged to move units) she’d know that pronouncements like this turn folks off from fitness and nutrition.”
“Do let us know when you can twerk and play the flute at the same time, Jillian. Until then, shut your mouth.”
Michaels probably should have thought this one through.
— Allison / BLM ☽ ☾ (@nametags) January 8, 2020