Another day, another moment for an irrelevant man to get attention by attacking Lizzo for her weight. This time around is Dr. Boyce Watkins.
For those who are not familiar with Watkins, he teaches Black folks financial freedom and wealth by advising us to not get lattes at Starbucks and not spend on our money on Jordans. He’s also been a college professor for decades who has yet to be offered a tenured position, which might be a result of him writing an essay that Black grandmothers that stayed with their physically abusive husbands were heroes in our community for keeping Black families together.
But most importantly, he’s that dude that calls Black women who date white men “bed wenches,” alludes that Tiffany Haddish is a coon because she doesn’t subscribe to his version of Black feminity and accused Gayle King of selling out a Black man for money for that contentious 2019 interview with R. Kelly.
So it should come as no surprise that somehow Lizzo got caught in his sexist crosshairs. Earlier this week, he texted that the only reason that Lizzo, who has more Grammy nominations than any other artist this year, is popular is that she’s obese.
“#Lizzo popular is because there is an obesity epidemic in America. Rather than encouraging people to do better, we are simply lying to them and telling them that they are just fine the way they are. Unfortunately, Many of these people are dying from diabetes and heart disease,” he wrote with his own sausage fingers.
Of course, he has nothing to say about Black male celebs that are obese, but go awf, Sir. Now, of course, Lizzo caught wind of this nonsense and clapped all the way back.
“I’m popular because I write good songs and I’m talented and perform high energy hour and a half shows filled with love. The only person who needs to do better is you. Keep my name out ya mouth & look in the mirror before you come for me. Here’s the attention you ordered.”
As I’ve said before, people need to leave Lizzo alone.
That, and just keep it real and admit they just hate fat Black women and keep it pushing. Because whether you rock with Lizzo’s music or not (I’m meh on it), you cannot deny that Lizzo is a fresh of breath air and every time she takes the stage or stuns on the red carpet, she is inspiring other plus-sized women to live in and love their own skin. Most importantly, Lizzo is pure joy and is unapologetically big and Black, which clearly burns some of y’all up because we’ve been taught that beautiful women like Lizzo should shrink themselves, hide from the world and flat out be miserable.
Honestly, there isn’t anything wrong with people turning on the TV and seeing themselves in her, obesity epidemic or not.
Of course, other folks, myself included, had words for Watkins and dragged what little hairline he has straight off his shiny scalp:
Lizzo Clapsback At Nontenured Professor Who Says She’s Popular ‘Cause She’s Obese was originally published on hellobeautiful.com
Weak men hate to see a woman that’s too free.— Soleil’s Dad 💜 (@TheMrMilan) December 24, 2019
Lizzo is popular because she is a brilliant multi talented Queen. Lizzo is also a dancer so dehumanizing her for her weight is beyond dumb. She is more healthy and in shape than you are Boyce.— Jason (Gay WandaVision Stan) (@EscaflowneClown) December 23, 2019
@lizzo is popular because she is free. Free being herself in her own skin. No matter what anyone thinks or says; she continues to live her life. She is confident and bold where as others hide and falsify themselves to be something else. Flawless beauty inside and out.— Christy Jones (@sweetcincylove) December 20, 2019
He ain’t nobody’s physician. His PhD is in finance, for reasons only he and his thesis advisors can understand. pic.twitter.com/t1Uk0Ytwin— Marissa Jackson Sow (@MarissaEsque) December 23, 2019
If you want to speak obesity fine. That’s a conversation regarding corporate greed, education & nutritional deficiency. And one that doesn’t have to criticise or focus on Lizzo or any other person. I think you’ve lost me with this obsession. Bless.— Christina Donoghue (@cherokee_flower) December 20, 2019
It’s always so crazy to me how people claim to care about a person’s physical health when they make these comments but overlook their mental health when making these comments smh— Ijada (@ijadacourtney) December 24, 2019
Lizzo is popular because she spreads joy and positivity wherever she goes. You should try it sometime.— Max Weiss (@maxthegirl) December 23, 2019
Hmm. And here I thought #Lizzo was popular bc she was a talented artist.— TaxReturn.Papi (@ZayPeace) December 24, 2019
There’s been a obesity problem in the US for decades.
You just mad she getting this money.
While you watching her eat, your food over there getting cold. Worry about what’s on your plate.
Your comments are extremely disturbing. Don’t make assumptions about a persons health profile/lifestyle behavior. Instead of further degrading black women’s bodies, focus on dismantling structures that contribute to the triple impact of racial, gender, and weight discrimination.— Angela Odoms-Young (@OdomsYoung) December 21, 2019
If I ever need a trash take on a topic involving black Women, I can always rely on you.— Kamala is Giving Bette Porter (@BrrrLaStrange) December 23, 2019
She seems to be the opposite of dying on this picture. She looks like she is basking in her freedom to soar above those who would judge her in the guise of concern for her health and love herself in the present, not waiting for a future where she's lost weight.— 🌴Karen☮ (@SoCalWoman) December 24, 2019