Jillian Michaels defends criticizing Lizzo's weight, says people should prioritize their health

Saturday, 11 Jan, 2020

In an interview with BuzzFeed News' "AM 2 DM", Michaels rudely criticized Lizzo's weight, days after the "Truth Hurts" singer bowed out of Twitter citing "too many trolls". "I love her music". Host Alex Berg then brings up celebrities like Ashley Graham and Lizzo in a positive light, commending them for preaching self-acceptance, resulting in images of bodies that we don't usually get to see being celebrated in the media. Why aren't we celebrating her music? Why does it matter?' the fitness pro, 45, said. Like why aren't we celebrating her music? Michaels believes the focus should be on championing Lizzo's music and not her appearance. My child loves her music, "she said". It's wrong to assume Lizzo is unhealthy and at risk for diabetes, as Michaels suggested, just by looking at her body. "Why do I even care?"

The pushback to Michaels' comments was pretty swift, with Lizzo's fanbase telling her that the star's weight isn't her business to mind and remarking that even people who aren't morbidly obese can end up with diabetes.

After withstanding the furious blowback for how her comments were interpreted, Michaels doubled down on her statements while also saying we should celebrate everyone.

"As I've stated repeatedly, we are all handsome, worthy, and equally deserving", Michaels wrote in her tweet. "'Cause it isn't gonna be awesome if she gets diabetes", she boldly said in a video from the interview. During her Instagram live feed before going on stage for her Sydney Opera House concert in Australia, she said that she made a decision to quit Twitter because "all social media is not created equal".

Regardless of whether or not you agree with Michaels' comments, it's undeniable that Lizzo has inspired people of all shapes, sizes, body types, and backgrounds to love and accept themselves. "And it's just not a lie I'm willing to tell because it's politically correct".

At the core of the controversy is the reality that bodies can't really tell you anything about the health of those who inhabit them. "Why is This woman acting like she's an MRI?" I have done nothing wrong. I forgive myself for contemplating I was improper inside the first place.

It's no secret that Lizzo is a very confident person as much as she is outspoken. "I deserve to be happy". Buzzfeed also posted the full version of their chat with her to provide viewers a bit more context to her claims. "Unfortunately, many of these people die from diabetes and heart disease".