Lizzo Just Responded To The Intense Backlash She Received After Twerking In A Thong At A Basketball Game

    After the drama sparked a debate about double standards and body-shaming, Lizzo said: "I don't ever want to censor myself because I'm suddenly famous or because everyone's looking at me now."

    Lizzo found herself on the receiving end of an intense backlash recently after she was seen twerking in a thong at a basketball game.

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    Sitting courtside to watch the LA Lakers in action on Sunday night, Lizzo jumped out of her seat when cheerleaders began dancing to one of her songs.

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    However, some were a little surprised when the singer turned around to reveal the other side of her outfit — or lack thereof.

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    Here's the moment Lizzo hit the reveal.

    Lizzo hits a twerk while enjoying the the Laker Girls routine to “Juice” at tonight’s Lakers game...

    Of course, the video quickly began circulating around Twitter, with seemingly everybody chiming in with their two cents. Some called the whole thing inappropriate, especially considering it was a game that was attended by families and children.

    Innocent families at the game when Lizzo showed up with her cheeks out:

    Regardless of Lizzo’s weight, being in a public place where there’s families and kids with your WHOLE ass out is indecent and y’all know this. You’re just being dense for the sake of being dense

    Others jumped to Lizzo's defence, calling out a double standard and labelling the criticism as body-shaming.

    Let’s be honest with ourselves: Professional cheerleaders are typically half-dressed and performing dance routines at professional sporting events. It has never been cause for national panic. We see Lizzo’s outfit and behavior as “indecent” because of the body she exists in.

    But, in a recent Instagram Live, Lizzo appeared to respond to the drama, defiantly saying that she refuses to censor herself just because she's famous.

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    "I just want you to know that it doesn't matter what goes on on the internet. Nothing really breaks my joy," she said, later adding, "I don't ever want to censor myself because I'm suddenly famous or because everyone's looking at me now."

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    She continued: "I'm a really solid, grounded person and I know that I'm 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."

    "I'm not gonna quiet myself," she added. "I'm not gonna shrink myself because somebody thinks that I'm not sexy to them. You really think because somebody on Twitter think that I'm not cute, I'm gonna stop existing?"

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    Before signing off, Lizzo told people to "ignore any negative comments or critiques", calling the people behind them "attention deprived" and "insecure".

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    "It's really sad, but I feel more bad for those people than upset," she said. "When someone is just so angry at my body or someone is so quick to just make a joke about my body that’s hurtful, I'm just like, 'Wow, who didn't love you?'"

    Ben Henry is a celebrity reporter for BuzzFeed UK and is based in London.

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