Not Lizzo Quitting Over Social Media Criticism

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Lizzo showing her ass

35-year-old Grammy Award-winning singer Lizzo says she’s calling it quits because she can’t handle the social media criticism and ridicule.

“I’m getting tired of putting up with being dragged by everyone in my life and on the internet,” the “Special” singer wrote on Instagram on Friday.

Oh really? Because most of her lyrics and posts showing her literal ass were steeped deep in IDGAF what anyone thinks Imma do me. In fact, I’d take it a step further and say that it was that same attitude along with her music and willingness to show all her ass that really propelled her into stardom.

I guess in the end, the “Truth Hurts” singer does care about what others think after all.

I see it’s time to tell it like it is — not how it should be or we wish it would be — but how it is.

Social media is not for the faint of heart. If you get on it, you get what you get. You make a conscientious choice to open yourself up for both praise and criticism. That’s how it works and nothing is going to change that. It’s what made Lizzo a star. Sure she’s talented but there’s being talented and then there’s being talented and everyone knows you’re talented. That’s what social media did for Lizzo.

Some of Lizzo’s colleagues — Megan Thee Stallion, Cardi B, Doja Cat, and Nicki Minaj to name a few — have used the criticism they’ve faced to their advantage. Whether it came from another artist or randoms online, they channeled their feelings into new music and made millions off of it.

I don’t know what it feels like to base your entire life off of likes and views. My self worth is not tied to my social media. I am grateful to have grown up in the 80s and 90s where social media was a physical photo album you had to pull out and flip the pages to share.

“I’m constantly up against lies being told about me for clout & views,” Lizzo expressed in her post.

They talked about and depending on your religious views are still lying on Jesus Christ.

Sometimes it seems like social media platforms are just one big gossipy high school.

I’m at the age where I post what I want to and respond to what I want to. Period. And even in doing that, I know I am opening myself up for whatever I get. And believe me, I get my fair share of emails and DMs from people with way too much free time on their hands calling me fat, Black, and ugly.

I do think that only some things can be learned with age. I honestly DGAF about what people I don’t know and who don’t contribute in any way to my wellbeing think about my body. I also don’t regularly post my entire ass on social media either, so there’s that too.

One of the things that appealed to me about Lizzo when she first came out was this idea of empowerment for big women she talked about in so many of her lyrics.

If it really is about women’s empowerment, that empowerment should be coming from within and not based on the amount of likes, views, and positive comments you receive. I post plenty of things that never get any likes or comments (this might be one of them) and I haven’t missed a beat.

In case nobody ever told you, if you really can’t take the negative comments but you suffer from FOMO and must be on social media, you have options. Don’t post, just read. Post, don’t read the comments. And my favorite, just turn the comments off. You don’t have to let people comment on your posts. That’s a choice we all make and with that choice, we get what we get.

I am also not oblivious to the fact that posts like Lizzo’s can elicit an enormous amount of support for the poster causing them to rethink their position. Because — well that’s what social media does. Brings you all of the highs and lows. So I wouldn’t be surprised if she’s back damn near naked twerking on Instagram just before her next single drops.

In the meantime, until there’s a social media platform for positive vibes only that monitors all comments and posts for negativity and immediately removes them, this is what we’ve got.

Govern yourselves accordingly because the Internet always wins.

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