Let Lizzo Live
It all started on social media. Lizzo shared last week on her Instagram and TikTok that she tried JJ Smith’s 10 day smoothie detox. Her Instagram posts highlighted her weight transformation throughout the 10 days in two videos. While her TikTok showed some of the smoothies, supplements, and beauty water that she drank during that time, many of her fans angrily reacted to her videos, claiming that she was promoting toxic diet culture and should be ashamed.
Lizzo responded to the backlash. She went on her TikTok to defend herself. “As you know, I would normally be so afraid and ashamed to post things like this online because I feel like as a big girl people just expect you are doing something for health, you are doing it for like a dramatic weight loss and that is not the case.” The singer briefly explained that November was a difficult time for her. She drank a lot and ate foods that affected her stomach, her health, and how she was feeling.
“I am a big girl who did a smoothie detox,” she continued, “and I wanted to share that with you guys. I got exactly what I wanted out of it and every big girl should do whatever the f--- they want with their bodies.”
If you recall earlier this year, singer and song-writer Adele received praise for her weight loss after a photo she posted on her Instagram that received a lot of buzz. It was later revealed that she lost around 100 pounds and, as a result, looked happy and seemed confident. When this was disclosed, the singer was not met with harsh criticism, but was praised for her transformation. Adele took matters into her own hands to feel happy, healthy, and take care of her body in a way that she saw fit. So why did Lizzo not receive the same reaction for her decision?
Lizzo’s choice to try a smoothie detox to better her health is a decision all her own and one
that she can make. The disappointment that many fans expressed towards her was extremely harsh because Lizzo has been upheld as a face of the body positivity movement, but she has openly spoken about how she does not want to be an activist just because of her weight. In an interview with David Letterman on his Netflix show, My Next Guest Needs No Introduction, Lizzo states, “I’m sick of being an activist just because I’m fat and Black,” she says. “I want to be an activist because I’m intelligent, because I care about issues, because my music is good, because I want to help my world.” It is understandable for people to look towards others in admiration and for inspiration, but it can also place a burden of responsibility on them that they did not wish for. Lizzo has always shown love for her body and just because she decides to detox for a few days, does not mean she loves herself any less.
Lizzo made sure her fans knew this. She posted a photo of herself that highlighted her figure on Instagram with a caption stating, “I detoxed my body and I’m still fat. I love my body and I’m still fat. I’m beautiful and I’m still fat. These things are not mutually exclusive. To the people who look to me, please do not starve yourselves. I did not starve myself. I fed myself greens and water and fruit and protein and sunlight. You don’t have to do that to be beautiful or healthy. That was my way. You can do life your way. Remember, despite anything anyone says or does ✨DO WHAT YOU WANT WITH YOUR BODY✨”
That is the only message that Lizzo is continuously trying to express to her fanbase: do what you want with your body. This distinction needs to be recognized. She is not trying to promote diet culture. Her body is her own and her openness to share with the world that she tried a smoothie detox is not her telling others to do the same. She can take measures into her own hands for her health and no one else has a right to dictate what she should or should not do.