Lizzo has always been candid about her struggles with body image, and just like she’s faced body shamefuls in the past, she’s saying how positive body movement has left the very people who started it all behind.
On Thursday, Lizzo responded to a TikTok video in which the user @sheismarissamatthews commented that “everyone has time to lose weight.” @sheismarissamatthews responded, saying, “I really don’t understand why I can’t exist in my body. Just let me exist in my body!”
In her response video, the “Juice” singer noted that the problem is because positive body movement is “co-opted” to represent all bodies rather than the marginalized people who started it. As the media has started to celebrate all sizes, including “medium and small girls and people who occasionally get rolls,” Lizzo noted that the influx of attention has meant that “fat people are still getting the final short of this move. ”
“We’re still getting screwed, they still talk to us, embarrass us and embarrass us, and nobody cares because it’s like, ‘Body positivity is for everyone,'” he said. “The people who created this movement, the big women, the black and brown women, the queer women, are not benefiting from the widespread success.”
The positive body movement began as a medium for fat women, particularly black women and other women of color, to support self-love and acceptance within those with marginalized bodies, a concept generally reserved for those with elevated bodies within society’s ideal of beauty. But as the popularity of body positivity grows, the original idea is eclipsed as fat women continually face the brunt of the backlash of health “worries” and a social problem with fat.
In a video posted Sunday, Lizzo followed up on her earlier remarks with another stitch video with TikTok user @cocainecuban. In the original video, @cocainecuban noted that after watching videos with skinny women telling stories of being embarrassed for being small, she became curious. if they swapped bodies with fat women. “And I don’t mean BBW, I don’t mean thick bodies, I mean heavy bodies that are not aesthetically pleasing to society,” he clarified. Admitting that she wouldn’t, even with all the harassment she suffered for being skinny, @cocainecuban explained that she couldn’t handle “the hate” that fat women face.
Responding to the video, Lizzo noticed how the question reminded her of Jane Elliott’s “Blue eyes / brown eyes“Anti-racism exercise for whites to understand discrimination and realize they would not trade places with blacks. Recognizing that society” sucks ” all bodies because people have to “go through a lot of things to love ourselves,” Lizzo claimed that most people would not trade their place with fat people.
“You know there is a whole system that oppresses fat people that you do not experience and will never experience,” he said. “Yes, we want to end harassment and shame, but we also want to dismantle a system that oppresses fat people.”
But to be clear, Lizzo is not asking that people continue to spread acceptance of all bodies; she reminds everyone who started the movement and why. As he wrote in the original video caption, “Please use positive body movement to empower yourself. But we need to protect and uplift the bodies it was created for.” And as she added at the end of that video: “Our bodies are not your concern or health is not your concern. All we ask is that you maintain that same energy with these medium girls you praise, keep the same damn energy.”