A tweet featuring a photo of Lizzo accompanied by a caption reading “is there anything she CANT do?” went viral this week, with many users mocking the plus-sized pop star’s weight.
Lizzo is a rapper and singer-songwriter whose popularity has exploded recently, buoyed greatly by support from the LGBT community and progressives who see her as a uniquely woke alternative to most mainstream pop artists.
In a Queerty profile from earlier this year, the “Truth Hurts” singer is described as someone who “spreads sex-positivity and body-positivity through her music and her public persona.”
“Lizzo creates music that celebrates the beauty of being different,” Queerty’s Rashad Sultana wrote in a piece celebrating the singer’s selection as one of 50 “trailblazing individuals who actively ensure society remains moving towards equality, acceptance and dignity for all queer people.”
A Twitter user on Tuesday tweeted out the photo of Lizzo from her performance at the BET Awards 2019 in June.
Tie her shoes without holding her breath
— Beto’s blind squirrel (@ItsToad_) September 26, 2019
The caption appeared to nod toward fans’ perception that Lizzo is talented in multiple areas: as a singer, songwriter, rapper, progressive icon, body-positive activist.
She’s even an accomplished flautist:
no one laughed pic.twitter.com/4zSJ4PytYG
— Megan thee stallion twin💖 (@badbitchbeys) September 25, 2019
“You’re absolutely disgusting”
But most of the responses to the original tweet were mocking.
“touch her toes,” tweeted conservative social media strategist Caleb Hull.
touch her toes
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) September 26, 2019
“lose weight, run, walk for long distances, breathe regularly, fit into regular sized clothes…should i keep going or stop for now,” tweeted one user, whose comment reflected the majority of replies.
i’m going to hell for laughing
— nick ☾ (@nick7rings) September 25, 2019
Amid the avalanche of commenters mocking Lizzo’s full-figured physique, some users pushed back against the fat-shaming.
you’re absolutely disgusting
— Salma loves Marina and Beatriz◟̽◞̽ (@itstylesdrugs) September 25, 2019
In a followup tweet, jefpods, the original user who posted the tweet, made clear that it was not meant as sincere praise for Lizzo.
did they actually think i was serious about this tweet omg https://t.co/j4virswVEZ
— jef 🗿 (@jefpods) September 25, 2019
jefpods’ Twitter bio identifies the user as a “troll account.”