Lizzo fires back after critic says her popularity is due to 'obesity epidemic in America,' compares her to a slave


Lizzo is still riding high after her Saturday Night Live debut and she isn't going to let anyone bring her down. The "Good as Hell" singer clapped back at Dr. Boyce Watkins after his tweet about her popularity sparked an online debate. Watkins, an author, political analyst and social commentator, tweeted that the eight-time Grammy-nominated singer is only popular because of America's "obesity epidemic."

"Rather than encouraging people to do better, we are simply lying to them and telling them that they are just fine the way they are," he wrote Friday.

Watkins followed that up Sunday with a critique of her SNL performance. He wrote how watching Lizzo sing "about the joys of being fat and raunchy makes me think of slaves performing for massa and his friends on the plantation."

By Monday, the 31-year-old "Truth Hurts" singer had enough.

"I’m popular because I write good songs and I’m talented and perform high energy hour and a half shows filled with love," she replied, quipping, "Here’s the attention you ordered."

Many people came to Lizzo's defense after Watkins' initial tweet, pointing out how there is no debate like this over male stars and their weight.

"There was Notorious BIG, Big Pun, Fat Joe, Rick Ross, Dj Khaled... We never heard any one of you musty a** morons blame their popularity on an 'obesity epidemic' until a woman came up," one person replied.

After clapping back, Lizzo retweeted a message from Bernice King about trying to "to let provocateurs leave empty handed."

She also celebrated her song "Good as Hell" rising to No. 1 on the U.S. iTunes chart.

Seems like Lizzo is getting the last laugh.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 13: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Lizzo performs on stage during day 2 of Lovebox 2019 at Gunnersbury Park on July 13, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Burak Cingi/Redferns)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 23: Lizzo attends the 2019 BET Awards on June 23, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/WireImage)
GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 29: Lizzo performs on the West Holts stage during day four of Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 29, 2019 in Glastonbury, England. The festival, founded by farmer Michael Eavis in 1970, is the largest greenfield music and performing arts festival in the world. Tickets for the festival sold out in just 36 minutes as it returns following a fallow year. (Photo by Jim Dyson/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 15: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been converted to black and white.) Lizzo performs onstage during the 2019 MTV Movie and TV Awards at Barker Hangar on June 15, 2019 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for MTV)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 23: Lizzo performs onstage at the 2019 BET Awards on June 23, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - JULY 10: Lizzo performs on stage at Circolo Magnolia on July 10, 2019 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Sergione Infuso/Corbis via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - JUNE 04: Lizzo attends the final episode of the talent show The Voice of Italy 2019 on June 04, 2019 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Stefania D'Alessandro/Getty Images)
ROSKILDE, DENMARK - JULY 06: Lizzo performs on stage on Day 8 of Roskilde Festival on July 6, 2019 in Roskilde, Denmark. (Photo by Joseph Okpako/Redferns)
GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 29: Lizzo performs on The Park Stage during day four of Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 29, 2019 in Glastonbury, England. (Photo by Shirlaine Forrest/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 26: Lizzo attends American Express' NYC Pride Kickoff Event on June 26, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for American Express)
Lizzo performs onstage during the 2019 BET awards at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California on June 23, 2019. (Photo by Jean-Baptiste LACROIX / AFP) (Photo credit should read JEAN-BAPTISTE LACROIX/AFP/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 15: Lizzo performs onstage during the 2019 MTV Movie and TV Awards at Barker Hangar on June 15, 2019 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for MTV)
SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 09: Lizzo performs during the Sacramento Pride Festival at Capitol Mall on June 09, 2019 in Sacramento, California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)
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