Lizzo Won’t Actually Quit Music, Obviously

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In this week’s biggest news story, “Yeah, Right,” Lizzo won’t actually quit music. This is just news because he posted a message on social media with the phrase “I QUIT” in capital letters, but did anyone really believe that he was going to stop releasing body positive songs, perfect for performing in Democratic Fundraisers? Did anyone think they would go so far as to abandon social media when they have a shapewear brand to promote? The truth is that Lizzo never said what she was leaving, but it was pretty obvious that it wasn’t going to be any of his lucrative and successful endeavors.

Here’s what he really meant, according to a clarifying video he posted on social media on Tuesday: “When I say I quit, I mean I stop paying attention to negative energy. “What I am not going to give up is the joy of my life, which is making music, which is connecting with people,” she said. “Because I know I’m not alone. I am by no means the only person who is experiencing that negative voice that seems to be louder than the positive one. If I can give just one person the inspiration or motivation to stand up for themselves and tell them to stop allowing negative people and negative comments to win, then I will have done even more than I could have hoped.”

The singer concluded her PSA by assuring her fans that she will “keep moving forward” and “keep being me” and expressing gratitude for all the love. The only really surprising part is that the “RENUNTO” message wasn’t some kind of marketing strategy to promote a new single or something. To be fair to her original message, Lizzo has certainly been the subject of a lot of negativity and cruelty. Surely, it takes a mental toll on her “being the butt of the joke every time because of my appearance,” as she put it. It is a very human impulse to want to respond and reject harassment.

However… much of the negativity comes from the fact that Lizzo herself has been accused of harassment and worse. she is currently facing a lawsuit of former dancers for alleged abuse, harassment, discrimination and other workplace violations. (Lizzo’s camp has denied the accusations.) In the wake of Lizzo’s “I QUIT” message, Ron Zambrano, the attorney representing the dancers, gave a statement to The AV Club saying, “It’s a joke that Lizzo says she’s being bullied online when she should be.” she look honestly at herself. “Her latest post is just another attention-seeking outburst of hers trying to divert attention from her own failures while she continues to blame everyone else for the situation she finds herself in.”

Citing other examples of “celebrity toxicity,” Zambrano called for a “reckoning” in the entertainment industry “for allowing such vile treatment of employees in the workplace.” He claimed: “Lizzo’s legal and PR strategy is a failure, so she is desperately trying to play the victim. She’s had these childish tantrums before. No one actually believes she’s quitting music. But she should stop sexually harassing, shaming and intimidating her employees and finally accept responsibility for her actions. She can make all of this go away simply by taking this opportunity to set an example, own up to her mistakes, pay what is owed to those she has wronged, and work to become a better person.”

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