Celebrity fitness trainer Jillian Michaels is not buying into Lizzo's body positivity.
The Los Angeles television personality, who used to weigh 175 pounds as an eighth-grader, incurred the wrath of Lizzo fans after being accused of body-shaming the plus-size "Good As Hell" singer on Wednesday.
The former Biggest Loser trainer asked why Lizzo fans were "celebrating her body" instead of her songs during a controversial interview on BuzzFeed News' AM2DM.
"Why are we celebrating her body? Why does it matter? Why aren't we celebrating her music?"
"It isn't going to be awesome if she gets diabetes."
.@JillianMichaels on Lizzo: "Why are we celebrating her body? Why does it matter? Why aren't we celebrating her mus… https://t.co/aUnnrVt7LC— AM2DM by BuzzFeed News (@AM2DM by BuzzFeed News)1578505560.0
She tried to dial it back a notch by praising Lizzo's music but came back with sarcasm.
"I love her music. My kid loves her music. But there's never a moment where I'm like, 'And I'm so glad that she's overweight.'"
Trolls have been known to fat-shame the singer, and consequently, Lizzo announced she was quitting Twitter on Sunday.
Celebrities like The Good Place's Jameela Jamil came to Lizzo's defense and berated Michaels.
Just saying... MY WHOLE DAMN THIN FAMILY HAS DIABETES AND HIGH CHOLESTEROL AND PROBLEMS WITH OUR JOINTS. Why is Thi… https://t.co/NsClZGJun1— Jameela Jamil 🌈 (@Jameela Jamil 🌈)1578508463.0
We celebrate @Lizzo’s body because she inhabits it with love & teaches us to do the same. She holds concerts that i… https://t.co/gpMJqPkD6j— Sharanya Haridas (@Sharanya Haridas)1578514905.0
Others went after the personal trainer for her misguided criticism.
@AM2DM @JillianMichaels Lizzo spends hours every night singing and playing the flute during intensive dance cardio.… https://t.co/EsBLDizHB3— 🐺Mira (@🐺Mira)1578509142.0
@AM2DM @JillianMichaels More people die from complications of anorexia than any other mental illness, but sure, let… https://t.co/3JocP4V2eP— Michal is Mandalorthodox (@Michal is Mandalorthodox)1578509036.0
TW Fatphobia - Once you understand that nothing she is saying is backed by fact or science, this interview becomes… https://t.co/ClA0YanxXo— belen (@belen)1578512209.0
Fans reminded Michaels of Lizzo's fierce athleticism on stage singing and dancing in heels night after night in addition to playing the flute.
"...the next time you hear someone opine that Lizzo is normalizing obesity, know that this is simply more fat-phobia disguised as health concerns."
Do let us know when you can twerk and play the flute at the same time, Jillian. Until then, shut your mouth. https://t.co/jvvYlNK5Fu— Imani Gandy (@Imani Gandy)1578508748.0
People continued to school Michaels with some facts.
@AM2DM @JillianMichaels Nick Jonas and Halle Berry both have diabetes. Fat does not equal diabetes.— Gheigh Niggaologist (@Gheigh Niggaologist)1578509372.0
Also re: Jillian and Lizzo: this is a failed attempt to dunk on a girl who enthusiastically shares her dance & stre… https://t.co/3H6w7VdXTC— Sara Benincasa (@Sara Benincasa)1578509070.0
Also, if Jillian Michaels actually cared about folks getting fit and healthy to meet whatever her own ideal is (whi… https://t.co/YKd114OKz1— Sara Benincasa (@Sara Benincasa)1578509232.0
Also, there is a racial component here, whether or not Michaels makes a policy of policing all famous self-describe… https://t.co/RHzs4g8Xpp— Sara Benincasa (@Sara Benincasa)1578509445.0
@AM2DM @JillianMichaels Fat shaming is not ok. Using fat shaming as an alarm, code or determinant for contracting a… https://t.co/46anDVORaB— MrsBundrige (@MrsBundrige)1578515001.0
@AM2DM @JillianMichaels Her body is nobody else’s business— taylorbold. (@taylorbold.)1578534683.0
Michaels responded to the backlash on Instagram and wrote:
"As I've stated repeatedly, we are all beautiful, worthy, and equally deserving."
"I also feel strongly that we love ourselves enough to acknowledge there are serious health consequences that come with obesity -- heart disease, diabetes, cancer to name only a few."
"I would never wish these for ANYONE and I would hope we prioritize our health because we LOVE ourselves and our bodies."
Last month, Lizzo faced criticism from author Boyce Watkins, who said her fame was due to the fact that "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."
#Lizzo popular is because there is an obesity epidemic in America. Rather than encouraging people to do better, we… https://t.co/2zyErfs63l— Dr Boyce Watkins (@Dr Boyce Watkins)1576871806.0
In response to Watkins' unwelcome insight, Lizzo disagreed and credited her popularity for reasons unrelated to her body image.
"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."
I’m popular because I write good songs and I’m talented and perform high energy hour and a half shows filled with l… https://t.co/dDdEfMoxRF— Feelin Good As Hell (@Feelin Good As Hell)1577135127.0
We love you, Lizzo!