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.

This content is not available due to your privacy preferences.
Update your settings here to see it.

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."

This content is not available due to your privacy preferences.
Update your settings here to see it.

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."

This content is not available due to your privacy preferences.
Update your settings here to see it.

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

This content is not available due to your privacy preferences.
Update your settings here to see it.
This content is not available due to your privacy preferences.
Update your settings here to see it.

"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."

This content is not available due to your privacy preferences.
Update your settings here to see it.

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

This content is not available due to your privacy preferences.
Update your settings here to see it.

Seems like Lizzo is getting the last laugh.

Read more from Yahoo Entertainment:

Want daily pop culture news delivered to your inbox? Sign up here for Yahoo Entertainment & Lifestyle’s newsletter.