Lizzo accepted her win for Video for Good at MTVs Video Music Awards on Sunday night, and used the opportunity of her acceptance speech to demand that people "vote to change some of these laws that are oppressing us."
Lizzo did not specify any specific laws that were oppressing her or anyone else. The win was for her video "About Damn Time," about trying to not be stressed out. Lizzo is the #12 recording artist in the country according to the Billboard charts.
As she took the stage, she said: "So I don't know what music video for good means, but I do know what your vote means. And that's your vote means everything. To me. It means everything to making a change in this country. So remember when you're voting for your favorite artists vote to change some of these laws that are oppressing us."
While Lizzo was speaking broadly about laws that are oppressing "us," likely meaning a broader swath of Americans than just herself, the intimation in her statement was that there are laws oppressing people who share identifiers with herself. And she did not name any specific laws. Discrimination under law was made illegal by the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Social media was quick to respond that there is no way that Lizzo is at all oppressed. Angelo Isidorou noted that oppression doesn't look like being praised and awarded before huge crowds while cursing out your detractors.
Kangmin Lee pointed out that Lizzo travel by private jet.
She also took aim at her detractors in the press, saying "And now, to the b*tches that got something to say about me in the press. Y'know what, I'm not gonna say nothing. They be like: 'Lizzo, why don't you clap back, why don't you clap back,' 'cause b*tch I'm winning, ho."
"This b*tch is winning ho!" She screamed into the mic to uproarious applause from the crowd. "That's what it says in your paper, b*tch."
Recent press backlash against Lizzo was over lyrics in her song "Grrrls," which was actually oppressive and offensive to disabled people. The word she was blasted for using was "spaz," which some felt to be an "ableist slur." Fans noted that Cerebral Palsy is classified as Spastic Diplegia.
The lyric was "Do you see this sh*t? I'ma spazz." In response, Lizzo changed the lyric to say "Do you see this sh*t? Hold me back."
Autism activists and others who advocate for the disabled all came to attack Lizzo for the lyric until she changed it. When she did so, she leaned into her own identity "as a Black fat woman in America."
"Let me make one thing clear: I never want to promote derogatory language. As a Black fat woman in America, I’ve had many hurtful words used against me so I overstand the power words can have (whether intentionally or in my case, unintentionally). This is the result of me listening and taking action."
Beyonce had used the same term in a song and also changed the lyric after backlash against her ableism.
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