Celebrity trainer Jillian Michaels found herself in hot water on Wednesday after she made some controversial statements on BuzzFeed’s show “AM to DM.” While speaking about musician Lizzo, she made some comments that many interpreted as body-shaming.
“Why are we celebrating her body?” Michaels asked. “Why does it matter? That’s what I’m saying. Like why aren’t we celebrating her music? ‘Cause it isn’t gonna be awesome if she gets diabetes.
“I’m just being honest,” she added. “I love her music, my kid loves her music, but there’s never a moment when I’m like, ‘I’m so glad she’s overweight.’ Why do I even care? Why is it my job to care about her weight?”
As pointed out by PopCulture.com, social media was quick to blast Michaels for the comments.
“Eqating (sic) fat with automatically being unhealthy & slim with being healthy is inaccurate & incredibly dangerous,” tweeted one person. “Fat people deserve to exist without the pressure to change their size or health. Fat people don’t need to desire to change their bodies to be deserving of dignity.”
“I dont think your tone toward Lizzo was judgmental, It was honest. Even if she is healthy at her size, most aren’t and we shouldn’t promote unhealthy lifestyles. In this case, sizes,” added a second. “Don’t let these overly sensitive social media bullies make your statement more than it is.”
After receiving the backlash, Michaels took to her Twitter account to release a statement about her comments.
“As I’ve stated repeatedly, we are all beautiful, worthy and equally deserving. I also feel strongly that we love ourselves enough to acknowledge there are serious health consequences that come with obesity — heart disease, diabetes, cancer to name only a few,” she wrote. “I would never wish these for ANYONE and I would hope we prioritize our health because we LOVE ourselves and our bodies.”
Lizzo, who won Time Magazine’s Entertainer of the Year award last month, is never shy about celebrating her body and she encourages others to do so as well. She recently announced she was taking a break from Twitter, however, due to the amount of hateful messages from trolls.