Lizzo had some choice words for detractors of the outfit she wore to a Lakers game last weekend: “If you really, really don’t like my ass, you can kiss it. ‘Cause kissing it makes it go away, I promise.”
The singer sparked a minor firestorm on the Internet Sunday night when she was spotted wearing a “thong dress” while attending a Los Angeles Lakers vs. Minnesota Timberwolves basketball game at L.A’.s Staples Center.
Lizzo’s black T-shirt dress bared her butt for the audience to see, and at one point was even captured on the game’s Jumbotron.
— JUSTIN ENRIQUEZ (@justinenriquez_) December 9, 2019
The dress sparked debate online over whether or not it was appropriate to wear to a basketball game, which in turn created a discussion about how often certain types of bodies are policed more than others.
If you have to preface your criticism of Lizzo with, “it’s not because she’s fat and Black,” chances are you feel small type of way about fat Black women. And I’mma just leave it there.
— Jasmyn (@JasmynBeKnowing) December 9, 2019
Now, Lizzo has finally spoken out about the controversy, taking to Instagram Live to express her thoughts.
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#PressPlay: #Lizzo started to make headlines for the outfit choice she decided to wear at last night’s Lakers game. Some people weren’t here for her choice of clothing. Nonetheless, she could care less about what critics have to say about the way she decides to show her body.
“You don’t have to be like me, you need to be like you and never ever let somebody stop you or shame you from being yourself,” she said. “This is who I’ve always been. Now everyone’s looking at it… and your criticism can just remain your criticism. Your criticism has no effect on me, negative criticism has no stake in my life, no control over my life, over my emotions.”
Lizzo continued, “I’m the happiest I’ve ever been. I’m surrounded by love and I just want to spread that love — and also spread these cheeks.”