Leave Lizzo Alone

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Lizzo must be exhausted. Every week she's the subject of a new uproar, and last week was really one for the books.
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After years of building her flute skills, playing the instrument is one of her big party tricks. So, of course, the Library of Congress took the opportunity to invite Lizzo not only to view her collection of 1,700 flutes, but also to play a crystal flute that belonged to James Madison. The flute was one of the few artifacts preserved from his tenure as President due to a fire in the White House.
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Not only did Lizzo pay her a visit, but the heads of the Library of Congress attended her show in Washington, D.C. took to the stage to introduce the flute so she could play it for her audience. She did a little bit and twerked (the combination of these two activities is kind of a trademark for her). It was a really cool moment that her audience and most people online really loved.
This meant, of course, that the right had to ruin the party. The likes of Doug Mastriano's senior advisor Jenna Ellis and "commentator" Matt Walsh were furious about it, especially since Lizzo is fat, black, and hot. They acted like she pissed on the crystal flute as she respectfully taught many people a random historical fact while showing off her own skills.
The right was particularly vocal last week, but it's not like they're the only people who boil over with anger when Lizzo does something. Finding silly reasons to be angry with the pop star, who has long defied cultural expectations that a woman who resembles her would simply hide her body, pleasure, and desires, has become a bipartisan hobby. When she sat on the court in short shorts at a basketball game a few years ago, the internet went insane, claiming it was a "family event." It's not as if numerous other female pop stars have appeared in the same or less clothing, but of course their bodies were thinner than Lizzo's, which made their outfits inherently acceptable.
There has also been controversy in the past that she has shared videos of the workouts and juice cleanses she has been doing and has been accused by activists and influencers of promoting weight loss as if that is the only reason why she is a touring star. Actress wants or needs to do both of these things.
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The tide is unlikely to change anytime soon when it comes to how Lizzo is both perceived and treated, because both internalized fat phobia and racism are realities no matter how politically you are affiliated (although one side of the party lines is a little further forward externalizing these feelings). But Lizzo herself, on a massive headlining arena tour after a successful year promoting her latest album Special, has navigated each wave of unnecessary discourse with grace and very wisely chosen engagement.
At this week's Don't Let This Flop, hosts Ej Dickson and Brittany Spanos discuss #CrystalFluteGate, how bad Blonde is, the Try Guys scandal and some of our favorite Himbos from the past.
"Don't Let This Flop" is released on Wednesdays across all audio streaming platforms including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music, Stitcher and more.
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