Lizzo is feeling “Good as Hell,” whether you like it or not!
On Sunday night, the “Truth Hurts” singer made headlines when she sat courtside at the Los Angeles Lakers vs. Minnesota Timberwolves game wearing a cutout T-shirt dress exposing her black thong. When the stadium played her tune “Juice,” the artist — born Melissa Viviane Jefferson — even got up and started twerking!
However, some believed the rapper’s outfit was inappropriate for the event, given the amount of families with children who were there.
On Tuesday’s live episode of “The Real,” the hosts gave their take on the musician’s exhibitionistic ensemble.
While Adrienne Houghton said, “It is dope that she embraces her body,” she also said she believes, "There’s a time and place… for these kinds of things.”
“I think she wants to wear that, that looks like a great [outfit] for the club… I was actually shocked that this wasn’t considered indecent exposure… I feel like if I walked into a place wearing a ‘thonga,’ somebody’s going to be like, ‘Where’s your pants?’… It is like a family-friendly event.”
However, the singer noted the hypocrisy of the situation — people often praise Lizzo for her body confidence, yet condemn her when she expresses it.
“There are people saying… that you can’t tell somebody that they can be empowered and love their body, and then tell them how to do it,” Houghton exclaimed.
For Loni Love, she believes “they’re making a big deal because of her size.”
“We’re not used to seeing that, and we’re kind of uncomfortable with it. We’re using the excuse about the kids,” the comedienne argued. “Hell, the kids see the Laker Girls all the damn time… They are scantily clad.”
“They didn’t even have to put the camera on her. She could've came in, sit down with her little cutout, they started playing her song, then they put the camera and put her on the Jumbotron… And everybody is up in arms!” Loni continued. “Then she turned around, and she got excited, and started doing the twerk… They didn’t have to put her on camera.”
After the story went viral, Lizzo went on Instagram Live to respond to her naysayers.
"Who I am and the essence of me and the things I choose to do as a grown--- woman can inspire you to do the same," she said. "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 like, 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.”
She continued, “Negative criticism has no stake in my life, no control over my life, over my emotions. I'm the happiest I've ever been. I'm surrounded by love and I just wanna spread that love and also spread these cheeks. And you know what, if you really, really don't like my ---, you can kiss it. 'Cause kissing it makes it go away, I promise."