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Tearful Lizzo Slams Trolls As Facebook and Cardi B Step In to Defend Her.

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Lizzo recently released her latest song “Rumors” with Cardi B. However, after the release, the “Truth hurts” hit maker faced rude trolls which appeared on her social media pages with hateful, racist, fatphobic comments, and even claimed that Lizzo is an embodiment of the racist “mammy” stereotype.

The term “mammy” refers to a caricature of Black women that portrays them as caregivers, “rotund, dark-skinned and always happy to please with a smile,” Cheryl Thompson writes in The Conversation about Hollywood portrayals of the trope. The most famous depictions of a “mammy” include Hattie McDaniel’s role as in Gone With the Wind, “Mammy Two Shoes” in Tom & Jerry, and more recently, the maid characters in The Help. The caricature is rooted in slavery and was used to show that Black women were content and even happy to be enslaved. To imply that a dark-skinned plus size woman like Lizzo is a tool of white supremacy who can’t be seen as attractive with her own agency, of course, is highly offensive — and Lizzo herself is speaking up.

The comments pushed the singer to tears over being the subject of fat-shaming and racist comments and she went live on Instagram to share her thoughts. She said: “On the days when I should feel the happiest, it just… I feel so down,” she said, dabbing her eyes with tissue as she described working “triple” and “quadruple” time, doing 12 hours a day of press, rehearsals and filming and hitting the studio two different times after getting a root canal. “Sometimes I feel like the world just don’t love me back. It’s like it doesn’t matter how much positive energy you put into the world, you’re still gonna have people who have something mean to say about you.”

“For the most part, it doesn’t hurt my feelings. I don’t care,” she said during the livestream. “I just think when I’m working this hard, my tolerance gets lower, my patience is lower, I’m more sensitive and it gets to me.”

“What I won’t accept is y’all doing this to Black women over and over and over again, especially us big Black girls,” she continued. “When we don’t fit into the box that you want to put us in, you just unleash hatred onto us. It’s not cool. I’m doing this s— for the big Black women in the future who just want to live their lives without being scrutinized or put into boxes.”

According to a US Outlet, TMZ, Facebook stepped in and removed hateful comments directed at Lizzo from its platforms. Facebook is also taking extra steps by removing accounts of users who continue breaking community guidelines around hate speech, harassment and bullying.
The outlet also revealed that Facebook will continue reviewing reports of hateful comments on an ongoing basis

It comes after Sky News reported that to tackle racism, such platforms will have to filter and block
Messages and posts before being sent or posted and assess whether they contain racist or discriminatory material. They added “all users should be subject to an improved verification process that (only if required by law enforcement) allows for accurate identification of the person behind the account”.

Cardi defended Lizzo on Twitter after watching a clip of her Instagram Livestream.

The “Truth hurts” hit maker also took to Twitter on Sunday to talk about how difficult self-love is.

Chloe bailey also stepped up to defend Lizzo Tweeting: “i’m so proud of you @lizzo people are gonna talk, but you have power in your voice. thank you for inspiring me.”

“@lizzo you’re loved everyday,” Spencer said. “Never seek approval from the world because there will always be those waiting to tear you down. Self love is foundational and only you can build it. #StayStrongBaby”

“Rumors,” which dropped on Friday finds the two women frolicking on a Grecian set as they sing and rap about all the fake stories swirling around them. Stream it here

 

Moses Aine

Reporter, The Postdale Daily

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