Minnesota singer Lizzo has recently been on the receiving end of Kanye West’s abuse. In response, Lizzo has admitted that the treatment of Black women in the US has made her feel hopeless. The singer recently appeared in Vanity Fair’s November issue and discussed a lot about her journey.
Speaking about her newfound platform and her job as a larger lady, the singer stated, “My job as someone who has a platform is to reshape history,” the “Good as Hell”. During the candid interview, the singer touched on an array of delicate topics, including politics, abortion rights, and race.
Lizzo was an advocate for Joe Biden when he was running for President. However, now that he is in office, the ‘Good As Hell’ hit-maker is not impressed. Speaking on Biden, she told the interviewer, “The fact is, I don’t know what they’re doing. I see they’re listening, but we’re in a post–thoughts and prayers society. Thoughts and prayers just don’t f***ing cut it anymore. I’m not condemning this current administration. I’m just very curious as to what kind of real steps they can take.”
Evidently angry and knowing more can be done, Lizzo is not just a talker when it comes to being a force for change. When the state of Georgia decided to reverse their Roe vs Wade ruling, Lizzo began liaising with Planned Parenthood and the National Network of Abortion Funds to see how she could be that force for change the organisations needed. In response to the crisis, Lizzo donated $500,000 to defend abortion rights. Her tour promoter, Live Nation, matched the amount totalling a tremendous $1,000,000. On the subject of abortion, Lizzo bluntly revealed, “I know plenty of people who would have died if they hadn’t had that procedure.”
Going on to talk about race and the sickening fakeness of the United States, Lizzo blasted the country’s race relations, revealing she loathes the “façade” of” ‘America’s, we’re all in this together.’ No, we’re not. Black people have been dehumanised so much — especially Black women. I’d like to be an optimist, but I’m a chronically disappointed optimist. The way Black women have been treated in this country has made me feel very hopeless. I don’t think there was a time when [we] were treated fairly and with respect. If I see hope in this country, it will come from the accountability of the people who have the privilege. As a fat Black woman, this country has never gone forward; it’s stayed pretty much the same for me.”
Lizzo’s Vanity Fair interview is not only political but is also highly inspiring, showing that there are still celebrities (unlike Kanye) who still care. You can listen to ‘Good As Hell’ by Lizzo in the video below.