Jillian Michaels responds after backlash over her 'body-shaming' comments about Lizzo
Celebrity fitness trainer, Jillian Michaels, has taken to Twitter to respond to the backlash she received over her "body-shaming" comments about Lizzo.
In a recent appearance on BuzzFeed's AM2DM show, Michaels talked about an interview she did with Women's Health UK, in which she said, "I think we’re politically correct to the point of endangering people. Yes, we want to be inclusive of everyone [and respect that] everyone comes in all different shapes and sizes."
BuzzFeed asked her about what she said in the interview, and Michaels unapologetically responded: "Why are we celebrating her body? Why does it matter? Why aren't we celebrating her music? 'Cause it isn't gonna be awesome if she gets diabetes."
People's opinions on Michael's stance on body positivity were varied.
One user said she had a point, writing: "there's a difference between respecting somebody's right to make unhealthy, body-destroying choices and celebrating them as 'brave' and 'beautiful'."
Another, however, disagreed entirely, tweeting: "More people die from complications of anorexia than any other mental illness, but sure, let's ask for Lizzo's bloodwork."
Michaels also took to Twitter to defend her comments, saying:
"As I've stated repeatedly, we are all beautiful, worthy, and equally deserving. I also feel strongly that we love ourselves enough to acknowledge here are serious health consequences that come with obesity — heart disease, diabetes, cancer to name only a few. I would never wish these for ANYONE and I would hope we prioritize our health because we LOVE ourselves and our bodies."
Lizzo has been a body positivity advocate from the outset. Last month, in fact, the Truth Hurts singer appeared nude in a series of saucy snaps and videos posted to Instagram.
Check out one of the videos below:
And the week before, she posted a picture in which a reflection of her bare bottom could be seen in a mirror. So tantalizing was the photo, that even Lil Nas X replied: "more please".
Well, Lil Nas X, ask, and it shall be given to you.
In any case, Lizzo is starting the year right, with an impressive eight nominations at this year's Grammy Awards in February. The nominations include the prestigious Album and Record of the Year award, as well as the award for Best New Artist.