Amanda Seales said it best when she declared, “Stop with the cancel culture.”
This week, Twitter users began trending the hashtag #DuaLipaIsOverParty after the “New Rules” singer was spotted at Lizzo’s Grammys after-party, held at a strip club in Hollywood. Musicians such as Rosalía and Lil Nas X were also spotted at the bash.
Some social media users felt it was “anti-feminist” that the 24-year-old was seen on video throwing dollars at exotic dancers.
One tweet (written in Spanish) translated to, “What a good example dua lipa, lizzo, rosalia (sic) sexualizing women but well afterward they say they are feminists.”
On Wednesday’s live episode of “The Real,” the hosts — including Jeannie Mai, Tamera Mowry-Housley, Loni Love and Adrienne Houghton — defended the British artist against the criticism.
“Let’s just say this. There’s nothing anti-feminist about a woman choosing to use her sexuality to make money in a safe way,” Mai exclaimed. “And there is nothing anti-feminist about a woman choosing to show support for a woman like that. This is so antiquated!”
While highlighting Jeannie’s efforts to end human trafficking, Houghton brought up the distinction between voluntary and coerced sex work.
“There is a huge difference of someone being forced to strip or coerced. We absolutely would never support that,” the singer and actress noted.
“The Masked Singer” contestant also added, “I got some girlfriends that thoroughly enjoy people making it rain on them! I’m just saying!”
Love also mentioned how strippers are not the only ones who use their bodies professionally.
“I think people get upset with the point of using your body. A lot of people use their body for money. They’re called athletes,” the comedian said. “Those strippers [in Atlanta strip club] Magic City, on those poles! I don’t have that core!”
Following the controversy, several fans spoke out in support of Lipa.
“Going to a strip club is against feminism????? Someone please explain why? Isn’t feminism supporting ALL types of jobs a women decides to take? Isn’t feminism fight for the rights of sex industry workers?” a Twitter commenter wrote.
Another added, “y’all really be mad that she went to a strip club... she’s a grown ass woman, let her do as she pleases.”