Some People Are Saying Lizzo’s Risqué Courtside Outfit Went to Far
Lizzo, the conclusive breakout popstar, fashion icon, and body-positivity role model of 2019, has been serving us sexy lewks and fashion ‘fits since she stepped onto the scene. But her latest ensemble has left both fans and casual observers scratching their heads (and their hoo-has) in confusion.
On Sunday, Lizzo attended the LA Lakers versus Minnesota Timberwolves basketball game dressed in a risque outfit. And unlike many of Lizzo’s previous edgy ensembles that have been pretty much universally embraced, this one caused quite the internet uproar. The outfit consisted of a long black t-shirt with a hole cut-out on her backside, exposing her thong-clad bare behind. And to take things even further, when the Laker Girls performed a dance routine to Lizzo’s hit-single “Juice” during half-time Lizzo got up and started to twerk. Her butt was facing the camera and her dance was picked up and broadcast on the jumbotron and then the TV. In short, she essentially mooned the entirety of America before the camera quickly panned away.
And although Lizzo is known for stepping out in edgy ensembles, this one had many people saying she went too far.
As usual, there were a few haters who used Lizzo’s outfit as an opportunity to publicly body-shame her, but outside of those people, the outfit’s reception was mixed for more complicated reasons. Critics claimed that Lizzo’s ass-less outfit was too provocative for what many view as a family event.
On this front, there was a consensus that there is a “time and a place” to show of your behind in public (like at a concert for your fans or an older-skewing awards show). Others took exception for what they believed was an issue of cleanliness: “This is a hygiene matter not a size/weight matter,” said one Twitter user. “It’s not okay to have your bare ass out on public seating”.
The social-media discussion has simply snowballed since Sunday. For every person that says Lizzo’s outfit was inappropriate, there is another person claiming that society only views it as inappropriate due to internalized fatphobia. Supporters of Lizzo point to other celebrities like Nicki Minaj and Rihanna who have built their entire careers profiting off their bodies. Others maintain that even these celebs wouldn’t go to a basketball game with their butt cheeks out.
Regardless of where you fall on the issue, it’s safe to say that this conversation wouldn’t be as heated if the celebrity in question was thin and had a conventionally “Hollywood” look.
On Twitter, some people were mad that Lizzo was “getting away” with dressing provocatively because of her body positivity brand. “If Lizzo wasn’t famous she would have definitely been asked to leave,” said one Twitter user. “It was inappropriate for a family setting. Sorry not sorry.” Really, there’s no way for us to know whether there would be this much outrage if a thinner celebrity wore such a provocative outfit to a professional sports game. If there’s one thing Lizzo is, it’s a trailblazer: we haven’t seen anything like this before.
And that’s exactly how Lizzo likes it. As the Grammy-nominated singer has previously said before, she’s made a conscious decision to include sexuality as part of her image. “[Women] weren’t given enough space in the industry to carve out a lane for big girls that are brown and black and want to sing and dance without getting sh*t-talked and body shamed,” she previously told Essence. “I want to be a sex symbol and music goddess and I’m out here trying to make that happen for myself. I’m here for the fantasy but I want to be a part of that fantasy. I’m just as fine as those girls.” Goodness knows she’s making good on that goal.
As for the reaction on Twitter, they ranged the spectrum from positive to downright condemning.
Lookout Drake! Lizzo just took over the award for “most polarizing court-side outfit in NBA history”.
This person was insistent that Lizzo’s weight has nothing to do with the negative reception.
Lizzo’s size has nothing to do with how inappropriate her outfit was. It could be someone as skinny as a stick and I would still say it was inappropriate for a family friendly event.
— tay. (@tayyboog) December 9, 2019
But of course, people responded to this Tweet with examples of graphic court-side outfits that didn’t spark as much outrage.
This person was convinced that Lizzo’s ass-less outfit was all part of her master plan to dominate music:
Lizzo being herself at the lakers game and then dropping a music video a few hours later is whole fucking queen behavior and I’m here for it
— Luna omo (@lil_hoseokie) December 9, 2019
The timing does seem a little on-the-nose.
This person believes that there is a double-standard at play when judging Lizzo’s fashion choices
Interesting everyone posting Beyoncé’s ass, literally. While also saying they tired of seeing Lizzo’s ass and that the constant flaunting of her body is “tacky”.
And by interesting I meant fatphobic.
— zellie (@zellieimani) December 9, 2019
It’s true that provocatively-dressed pop stars are pretty par-for-the-course these days. But you’d be hard-pressed to find Beyonce in an ass-less outfit at a Lakers game.
This person pointed out how unsanitary Lizzo’s outfit seemed:
lizzo is just wild for having her bare ass on a public seat like that. straight raw doggin it. yuck
— dizzle (@wendizzle__) December 9, 2019
If anything, this is the most balanced take. No one wants to sit on a seat that had someone’s bare butt on it before them.