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Lizzo sat courtside at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, taking in action between the Los Angeles Lakers and Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday night. Of course, celebrities usually line the courts–but not always in a black T-shirt dress with a specific section removed to reveal her almost-naked cheeks in a black thong and black fishnet stockings.
Yet here was Lizzo, breaking it down, as cheerleaders did a whole routine to her Billboard-charting hit single, “Juice.” She happily twerked it out to the delight of the crowd.
Singer #Lizzo arrived to the #Lakers Game wearing a revealing outfit of choice.She was spotted dancing at the game, when the cameraman put her on the jumbotron to show the crowd.Once realizing she was on camera she proceeded to turn around and twerk.— Sheen Magazine (@sheenmagazine) December 9, 2019
Many, many, opinions arose–open or closeted fatphobia, sex-positivity, and what is or isn’t for public consumption. Social media is currently jam-packed with ugly, mean-spirited memes, too.
The other matter at hand? Hygiene. Some, mostly women, weren’t upset at all about the twerking. But they were concerned about the cleanliness of an arena seat.
Let me say this, nobody cares that Lizzo is big. NOBODY. But that extra shit she be doing....I just 🤦🏾♀️.— GeAndra. (@geandraimani) December 9, 2019
Post what you want on social media but why is your bare ass out? In public for you to sit in a nasty ass arena seat??? pic.twitter.com/z81LRtBL4s
lizzo showed up to a lakers game with her ass out???!!!! pic.twitter.com/NqoOiuul8b— CORDEEELIAAAAAA!! (@jlexy890) December 9, 2019
However, the stark reality is that people—the fatphobes—always need something to be mad about, and need to get over themselves. This point, at least, dominated the online discourse.
Y’all still arguing about Lizzo’s ass? pic.twitter.com/uZG4rxTbmP— Willie Eyelash (@MrDubC) December 9, 2019
If Lizzo is only “getting away” with showing her ass because she’s big (which isn’t true and is easily debunked but let’s play along), good. Big women haven’t been able to “get away” with half of what small ones do, so don’t try and keep score now.— jamilah (read bio before DMing) (@JamilahLemieux) December 9, 2019
The Lizzo hate is contrived and very lame. If u r mad that white folks are buying her music then let me tell about N.W.A. in their heyday. Y'all need to let it go and just say u hate to see bbw black women be silly, carefree AND sexy. Cut it out.— Keith Murphy (@murphdogg29) December 9, 2019
Kahron Spearman is a music and film critic whose work can also regularly be regularly found in the Austin Chronicle.