Lizzo took to Twitter Wednesday (March 8) to address hateful ideals like racism, fatphobia and transphobia. The musician offered her theory as to why such people feel this way: they have never given a reason why. She writes, “I think if we knew ‘why’ these people felt this way there would [be] way less support.” The “2 Be Loved” singer emphasized that the “why” is “more insidious than we realize.”
She added in another tweet: “Don’t get it twisted— I don’t care why people are bigoted. That’s a waste of my imagination.” She called out the “complicit silence” and “apathetic participation” going on that “wouldn’t fly if people knew more.”
Don’t get it twisted— I don’t care why people are bigoted. That’s a waste of my imagination.— FOLLOW @YITTY (@lizzo) March 8, 2023
I feel like there’s a lot of complicit silence and apathetic participation going on that wouldn’t fly if people knew more. https://t.co/CxcLi86qnL
One person commented, “The familiarity of the fear they live in is more comfortable than exploring what they don’t understand.” As one fan put it, “it’s always *always* rooted in internalized fears & misperceptions about what things ‘mean’; what it ‘means’ to be man, woman, strong, powerful, right, valuable, exceptional & acceptable. people in their core want to be accepted & what things ‘mean’ is how they discern acceptance.”
Meanwhile, another simply stated: “Most hateful people I know are insecure and actually hate themselves so,” adding a shrugging emoji. One person said, “People lead with love or fear. I honestly believe all hate is based in fear.” Another chimed in, “The why is usually rooted in self hatred and insecurity within themselves and they’ll never admit that.”
Lizzo also reacted to news of Victoria’s Secret infamous fashion show coming back this year. She called out the brand for possibly only having ulterior motives for featuring bigger bodies and more people of color. She acknowledged the win for “inclusivity’s sake.” However, she questioned if the company’s motivations.
This is a win for inclusivity for inclusivity’s sake— FOLLOW @YITTY (@lizzo) March 5, 2023
But if brands start doing this only because they’ve received backlash then what happens when the ‘trends’ change again?
Do the CEOs of these companies value true inclusivity? Or do they just value money? https://t.co/ykmcUTLayQ
Back in 2019, Victoria’s Secret canceled its fashion show after 2018 had the lowest ratings of all time. The brand has also been under fire for not being inclusive.