Lizzo isn’t speaking because she’s “fat and Black.”
Lizzo let out a whole lot of frustration after feeling like she’s being considered a champion for certain issues, simply because of how she looks. The Grammy Award-winning “Truth Hurts” singer made an appearance on season three of David Letterman’s Netflix series, “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction,” and the two discussed a number of topics including her activism.
“I’m sick of being an activist just because I’m fat and Black. 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 the world.”
32-year-old Lizzo, whose real name is Melissa Viviane Jefferson, graces the October cover of Vogue magazine, ironically calling herself the “first big black woman” to do so.
“I am the first big black woman on the cover of @voguemagazine. The first black anything feels overdue. But our time has come. To all my black girls, if someone like you hasn’t done it yet — BE THE FIRST.”
As we previously reported, Lizzo also opened up about the inspiration behind her hit song “My Skin,” during her candid interview with the Late Show host. The singer was so heartbroken by the killing of Jamar Clark, who was an unarmed black man gunned down by Minneapolis police in 2015.
“It was very like, ‘we gotta make a change!’ people were camping out in front of the precinct, we were getting shot at by God knows who.”
She also said Tamir Rice’s death prompted her to pen her powerful track that so many fans around the world look to for strength.
“People politicized it. How can you politicize the murder of a child?,” she asked. “I was so numb that I lost all hope for any type of change in this country. Change is painful, and I think you have to sign yourself up for that.”
Lizzo most recently won a Billboard Music Award for “Top Sales Song Artist” during the 2020 Billboard Music Awards.