An odd byproduct of the internet and social media is the idea that simply because you’re able to comment something publicly, it means that you should. This ideology is never more present than when a celebrity is concerned, especially when said celebrity is an outspoken advocate for something and then – according to onlookers – does something to contradict it.
A perfect example of this is musician Lizzo, who is a body positivity role model – often speaking out about her size (she embraces the word ‘fat’), and encouraging her fans to love themselves and the body they’re in.
But when Lizzo posted that she was doing a detox, sharing her 10-day transformation with a professional smoothie detox on her social media, the singer was accused by critics of “submitting to toxic diet culture.”
Of course, it goes without saying (you’d think) that a detox is something anyone can do, at any size, to give their body a health kick and, naturally, it didn’t take long before the 32-year-old responded in her usual, amazing outspoken way.
Sharing both a video and photo of herself in underwear, Lizzo wrote on Instagram, “I detoxed my body and I’m still fat.”
“I love my body and I’m still fat. I’m beautiful and I’m still fat. These things are not mutually exclusive.”
She continued, “To the people who look to me, please do not starve yourselves. I did not starve myself. I fed myself greens and water and fruit and protein and sunlight.
“You don’t have to do that to be beautiful or healthy. That was my way. You can do life your way. Remember, despite anything anyone says or does ✨DO WHAT YOU WANT WITH YOUR BODY✨”
Of course, though it’s great that Lizzo (once again) used her time to shut down trolls, it’s stupid that a grown woman should ever have to defend her choices to strangers on the internet. One more time for the people in the back: ✨DO WHAT YOU WANT WITH YOUR BODY✨”