Following the incessant fatphobic remarks left under Lizzo‘s social media posts this past week, sources at Facebook say that the company will be removing all hateful comments towards the popstar on their platforms.
According to TMZ, sources at Facebook, which also owns Instagram, say that the social media giant has started removing troll comments left on Lizzo’s Facebook and Instagram posts. In the wake of the Truth Hurts star’s transparent moment, Facebook “will continue reviewing reports of hateful comments on an ongoing basis.” Insiders at the company also confirm that troll accounts may be barred from the sites for good as repeated hate speech, harassment and bullying are verboten in their community guidelines.
This news comes days after the 33-year-old revealed to her supports that she wasn’t able to truly revel in the long-awaited debut of her comeback collaboration with Cardi B, Rumors, because of the internet’s vile response. “People saying sh*t about me that just doesn’t even make sense. It’s fat-phobic, and it’s racist and it’s hurtful,” she vented in an intimate Instagram Live with her fans on Sunday. “If you don’t like my music, cool. If you don’t like ‘Rumors’ the song, cool. But a lot of people don’t like me because of the way I look…”
For many fans, the single maintained the popstar’s witty persona but also sonically ventured from her discography. However, others pushed the opinion even further, comparing her to the “mammy” caricature popularized during the Jim Crow era. The racist archetype often used as vituperative attack on plus-size Black women. “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 you want to put us in, you just unleash hatred on us. It’s not cool. I’m doing this s*** for the big Black women of the future who just want to live their lives without being scrutinized or put into boxes.”
Responding to the internet’s assumption that her forthcoming pop era is to solely appease white audiences, she added, “I’m not making music for white people. I’m not making music for anybody. I’m a Black woman making music. I make Black music, period. I’m not serving anyone by myself… Everyone’s invited.”