Lizzo Responds to Criticisms About Her Thong Outfit; ‘I Don’t Want to Censor Myself’

Lizzo wants you to know that despite criticisms, she still feeling “good as hell.” In case you missed it, she recently came under fire for the outfit she chose to sport at a recent Lakers game. While attending the game, the 31-year-old donned pants that were open in the back and showed off her butt in a thong. People (in person and online) immediately took offense to Lizzo’s choice in attire. Citing that basketball games are often family affairs and plenty of children were likely in attendance, many critics felt that the outfit was a wildly inappropriate choice.

Lizzo dons short outfit at the Kiss FM Jingle Ball
Lizzo | Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for iHeartMedia

After learning about the criticisms regarding her outfit, Lizzo hopped on Instagram live to respond. Citing that she doesn’t usually give criticism the time of day, she shared that she felt very happy about the release of her new music video for “Good As Hell” and felt compelled to address it. “Who I am and the essence of me and the things I choose to do as a grown a*s woman can inspire you to do the same,” the musician began.

Lizzo responds to criticism about the outfit she wore to The Staples Center

The “Juice” artist continued on to share that she’s always been this way and had no intention of changing herself to appease others. “You don’t have to be like me, you need to be like you and never ever let somebody stop you, or shame you from being yourself. This is who I’ve always been. Now everyone’s looking at it… and your criticism can just remain your criticism. Your criticism has no effect on me, negative criticism has no stake in my life, no control over my life, over my emotions. I’m the happiest I’ve ever been I’m surrounded by love and I just want to spread that love – and also spread these cheeks,” Lizzo declared about the hate over her outfit.

The singer then added that negative criticism truly had no effect on the way she views herself and her body. “And you know what? If you really, really don’t like my a*s, you can kiss it. Cause kissing it makes it go away, I promise. It doesn’t really matter what goes down on the internet, nothing really breaks my joy. I’m a really solid grounded person and I know that I’m really shocking, because you’ve never seen in a long time a body like mine doing whatever it wants to do and dressing the way that it dresses and moving the way that it moves,” Lizzo shared, defending her outfit.

Lizzo gets candid on Instagram live

Finally, the Grammy-nominated artist shared that her newfound fame wouldn’t affect the way she lived her life. “But I don’t want to censor myself because I’m suddenly famous, or I don’t want to censor myself because everyone’s looking at me now. I’m not going to quiet myself, I’m not going to shrink myself because somebody thinks that I’m not sexy to them. B*tch, you really think because somebody on Twitter think I’m not cute I’m going to stop existing?” she concluded. Lizzo then went on to share how grateful she was for her life and thanked her fans for thier support while she showed off her new home.

It’s great that Lizzo is not taking the criticism to heart, but instead enjoying her success and the good fortune that this year has brought for her. While we understand that some people we outraged by the outfit for the sake of their children, they don’t have the right to censor someone else’s body. Furthermore, if they ever plan on taking their children to the beach, it’s likely that the kids will be exposed to people donning similar outfits or even racier ones. Though a basketball game is an unexpected place to show off one’s butt, if the venue didn’t call out Lizzo for a violation of the dress code, who are we to?