Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY
Published 12: 28 a.m. ET Jan. 9, 2020 | Up up to now 11: 26 p.m. ET Jan. 9, 2020
Whoopi Goldberg is jumping to Lizzo’s protection after Jillian Michaels criticized the musician’s weight.
The celeb coach, handiest known for her stint on “The Perfect Loser,” stirred up controversy Wednesday for the length of an appearance on BuzzFeed Records’ “AM to DM” by questioning why Lizzo’s body is praised.
When host Alex Berg mentioned Lizzo’s body-positivity circulate, Michaels interjected: “Why are we celebrating her body? Why does it topic? Why are now not we celebrating her tune? ‘Purpose it is now not gonna be superior if she gets diabetes.”
Michaels, 45, continued: “I devour her tune. My youngster loves her tune. But there’s by no means a second the save I’m devour, ‘And I’m so chuffed that she’s chubby.’ “
On “The Peek” Thursday, Goldberg called Lizzo “fabulous.”
“She is who she is … and whenever you don’t catch it, then you definately don’t catch it,” she acknowledged. “I’m extremely glad that she’s a wide-figured lady. I’m extremely glad that she is and that she has no compunction about wearing whatever she desires to wear and she or he’s chuffed.”
Goldberg added, “So I operate possess an very perfect time her.”
Co-host Joy Behar acknowledged, “Jillian Michaels is entitled to her thought, but now not all people would possibly perchance be a skinny (expletive).”
Goldberg is now not essentially the most simple one who took notify with Michaels’ remarks about Lizzo.
Many social media customers accused the smartly being personality of perpetuating stereotypes and elephantine-shaming Lizzo, who now not too long ago quit Twitter over internet trolls and bullying.
Actress Jameela Jamil, who has emerged as a body neutrality activist, tweeted: “Honest true announcing… MY WHOLE DAMN THIN FAMILY HAS DIABETES AND HIGH CHOLESTEROL AND PROBLEMS WITH OUR JOINTS. Why is This lady performing devour she’s an MRI? Damage grief-trolling elephantine folk and catch within the bin.”
Person @Connecticutting added, “We possess an very perfect time Lizzo because Lizzo unapologetically celebrates Lizzo and encourages all people to possess an very perfect time themselves, so Jillian can (expletive) the entire manner off to whatever washboard ab mountain of trouble she sits atop.”
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Michaels didn’t wait on down from the backlash. As yet any other, she doubled down on her observation, urging her followers to “prioritize our smartly being.”
“As I’ve acknowledged consistently, we are all lovely, worthy, and equally deserving,” she wrote in a observation posted to Instagram Wednesday evening. “I moreover actually feel strongly that we cherish ourselves adequate to acknowledge there are severe smartly being penalties that approach with obesity — heart disease, diabetes, cancer to title most efficient about a.”
She continued: “I would by no means wish these for ANYONE and I would hope we prioritize our smartly being because we LOVE ourselves and our bodies.”
Michaels’ feedback about Lizzo approach correct days after the Grammy-nominated artist announced that she used to be taking a damage from Twitter.
“Yeah I will’t operate this Twitter (expletive) no extra.. too many trolls,” she tweeted Sunday. “I’ll be wait on after I actually feel devour it.”
Lizzo outlined her decision to stroll away on Instagram Reside Monday, announcing, “I would devour to be on Twitter ’motive I could perchance join with you those that positively make stronger me… now not to claim spreading my procure obvious messages. But now I’ve gotten to a level the save I’m now not correct dealing with Web bullies, I’m dealing with seeing a form of negativity on the Web dealing with all people.”
USA TODAY reached out to Lizzo’s and Michaels’ reps for comment.
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