Lizzo has revealed that she believes cancel culture has robbed people from marginalized communities of the ability to call out “real problems.”
The Houston native shared the commentary via a tweet on Sunday (January 8), admitting that her thoughts might appear to come out of the blue to some. She added that she hoped for a return to a focus on more pressing issues.
“This may be a random time to say this but it’s on my heart.. cancel culture is appropriation,” Lizzo tweeted. “There was real outrage from truly marginalized people and now it’s become trendy, misused and misdirected. I hope we can phase out of this & focus our outrage on the real problems.”
Her views seemed to resonate with many on the platform, as the tweet had been liked over 56,000 times and shared by close to 5,000 people at the time of this writing.
This may be a random time to say this but it’s on my heart.. cancel culture is appropriation.
There was real outrage from truly marginalized people and now it’s become trendy, misused and misdirected.
I hope we can phase out of this & focus our outrage on the real problems.
— FOLLOW @YITTY (@lizzo) January 8, 2023
Lizzo has never shied away from using her platform to speak out against social injustices like body shaming.
Most recently, she called out the beauty standards expected of celebrities, saying that she refuses to allow anyone else to dictate how comfortable she should feel in her own skin.
In an Instagram post on Friday (January 6), the bikini-clad “Rumors” singer clapped back at all of the criticism she constantly faces over her body.
While calling attention to how contradictory the comments are, Lizzo reminded critics that she’s here to make art – not fit into whatever expectations people have for her shape.
“The discourse around bodies is officially tired. The discourse around bodies is tired!” she began. “I have seen comments go from, ‘Oh my gosh, I liked you when you were thick! Why’d you lose weight? To, ‘Oh my gosh, why’d you get a BBL? I liked your body before.’ To, ‘Oh my gosh, you’re so big. Ew. You need to lose weight – but for your health!’ It’s just too much work!’
“Are we okay? Do you see the delusion?” Lizzo continued. “Do we realize that artists are not here to fit into your beauty standards? Artists are here to make art! And this body is art! And I’ma do whatever I want with this body. I wish that comments costed y’all money so we could see how much time we are fucking wasting on the wrong thing. Can we leave that shit back there please?”
In an interview in November, Lizzo also sounded off about the “inherently racist” nature of genre labels, expressing that she believes they prevent Black artists from attaining true mainstream success.
The award winning hitmaker spoke to Entertainment Weekly about her new documentary Love, Lizzo, and noted the criticism she’s faced over the years for not making “Black enough” music as a pop star.
Lizzo added that the idea of a genre alone is steeped in racism and that the music industry has often relied on genres to keep Black creatives from exploring more white-dominated fields like pop music.
“Genre’s racist inherently. If people did any research, they would see that there was race music and then there was pop music,” Lizzo said. “And race music was their way of segregating Black artists from being mainstream because they didn’t want their kids listening to music created by Black and brown people because they said it was demonic.”
She went on to say that Black musicians ultimately inserted themselves into the pop-machine and that most pop music now relies on rap music as its fuel.