by Jori Ayers
“Yeah, I got boy problems, that’s the human in me; Bling bling, then I solve ’em, that’s the goddess in me” are lyrics from Lizzo’s single “Truth Hurts”, which are booming on many radio stations and speakers. Recently, the familiar and popular tune was blasting somewhere on campus along with a group of friends yelling the lyrics, so there’s no doubt that Lizzo has made herself known to the public.
The thirty-one-year old, Midwest native, Melissa Viviane Jefferson, or commonly known as Lizzo was born in Michigan. Then she moved to Minneapolis where she started her fanbase and career, and sense then she has been a hot topic for a while now.
Known for her hit singles, “Truth Hurts”, “Boys” and also her quirky flute playing skills, and her overall bright attitude, Lizzo has become a fan favorite. Before the hit singles and sold-out tours, it took her a long way to get to where she is now.
Between 2011-2015, Lizzo was working on building her image and name then she was performing with local indie groups and putting herself out there. By 2013, she released her first album and began touring and was the opener for another artist. In December of 2015, Lizzo had released her second album and that’s when her breakthrough happened.
In recent months, Lizzo has gained a heavy following worldwide. With a striking 5.1 million followers on Instagram, 941.3K followers on Twitter and in most recent news, being awarded Billboard’s number one on the Hot 100.
With all this success happening for the singer, she is bound to gain the attention of the public and even other celebrities like Rihanna and Beyoncé who are supporters and fans themselves, but there are also haters out there.
Recently, rapper, Azealia Banks, made comments about Lizzo that are anything but sweet. She went on a raid on Instagram, calling out the midwest native saying how Lizzo is a joke, representing herself negatively and everything she’s doing is just for show and that her act that she puts on for her audience is peek boredom. Banks stated then that Lizzo is fat, corny “making a fool of herself for a white American public” and “setting a bad example for black women.”
With the negative comments Banks said about Lizzo, there was a lot of different commentary regarding the issue. Some fans were quick to fire back at the rapper for the negative comments towards Lizzo. Many of them took to the rapper’s Instagram to defend Lizzo and clap back to what Banks said.
“I don’t think Lizzo acts this way for approval from the white community or making a fool of herself for views,” said Eleni Lambrianos, sophomore allied health major. “I think the way she behaves is purely her personality and I believe that it is her choice to do what she does, but that she also acknowledges her popularity as a result of it.”
Many were stepping in and defending Lizzo from these harsh remarks. People from the black community stepped intwo the dispute as well. Letting Banks and the world know that Lizzo isn’t doing anything to hurt the black community, she is just purely herself.
“I think many people in media represent black people in a positive and negative way,” said Raven King, junior communications major. “I wouldn’t say she gives off a stereotype about black people completely, but she definitely gives off being bold.”
Then others who were utterly neutral to the situation or didn’t understand why Banks was doing this in the first place. Most comments were just your elementary school sayings, “treat everyone with respect.”
“If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all. Be supportive, create peace, and love one another,” said Amber Spaulding, senior applied dance and human performance major. “Artists need to complement each other instead of stabbing each other in the back to get to the top.”
After all the drama and bickering between Lizzo fans, online spectators, and Banks herself, no one has yet to hear from the woman of the hour, Lizzo. Some hope that she will come back just as strong as Banks came for her while others say to live her life and not worry about absolute foolishness.
Who knows what Lizzo has got up her sleeve but whatever it may be, let’s just say fans are on the edge of their seats waiting for what she will say next.
Jori Ayers can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org