Olivia Harvey
Updated Jan 09, 2020 @ 12:21 pm
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It’s true that personal trainer and former Biggest Loser personality Jillian Michaels has never been praised for her kindness or soft demeanor. But she just went one step too far. In an interview with BuzzFeed News’ “AM 2 DM,” Michaels rudely criticized Lizzo’s weight, days after the “Truth Hurts” singer bowed out of Twitter citing “too many trolls.” Now, Lizzo’s stans are pushing back in their queen’s honor.

jillian michaels and lizzo
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Though Michaels noted she loves Lizzo’s music and believes she’s probably a “cool, awesome chick,” she didn’t hesitate to question the reporter, who said she appreciates Lizzo’s normalizing and celebrating of bigger bodies.

“There’s never a moment where I’m like, ‘I’m so glad she’s overweight!’ Why is it my job to care about her weight?” she continued.

And, yeah. We weren’t about to let Michaels get away with this. It’s wrong to assume Lizzo is unhealthy and at risk for diabetes, as Michaels suggested, just by looking at her body.

The fact that she’s able to sing, dance, play the flute, and put on an entire show without getting winded is proof alone that Lizzo is healthier than many of her naysayers claim. Fans were quick to point this out.

Furthermore, it’s more than possible for “thin” people, or people who do not outwardly appear unhealthy, to get diseases like diabetes.


When Roxane Gay responds to you with sarcasm, you know you’re in the wrong.

Michaels attempted to double down on what she said in the BuzzFeed News interview by posting a followup tweet. It reads:

But, again, Michaels is missing the point entirely.

And when Lizzo comes back to Twitter, we think she deserves better than this.

Larger bodies are not necessarily unhealthy bodies. And thinner bodies aren’t always healthy. Lizzo is trying to shift the narrative around weight, fame, and what kinds of bodies are considered normal, and we’re here to applaud her efforts and do our lady’s work.