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There's No Apology In Lizzo's Apology

By Jen Maravegias | Celebrity | August 3, 2023 |

By Jen Maravegias | Celebrity | August 3, 2023 |

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If you were waiting for Lizzo to apologize for the behavior reported in the lawsuit brought by three former dancers and backed up by a number of former collaborators, keep waiting.

The performer released a statement via her social media channels defending herself against what she refers to as “false allegations” and “sensationalized stories.”

“These last few days have been gut wrenchingly difficult and overwhelmingly disappointing. My work ethic, morals and respectfulness have been questioned. My character has been criticized.”

“Usually I choose not to respond to false allegations but these are as unbelievable as they sound and too outrageous to not be addressed,” she continued. “These sensationalized stories are coming from former employees who have already publicly admitted that they were told their behavior on tour was inappropriate and unprofessional.”

“As an artist I have always been very passionate about what I do. I take my music and my performances seriously because at the end of the day I only want to put out the best art that represents me and my fans. With passion comes hard work and high standards. Sometimes I have to make hard decisions but it’s never my intention to make anyone feel uncomfortable or like they aren’t valued as an important part of the team.”

“I am not here to be looked at as a victim, but I also know that I am not the villain that people and the media have portrayed me to be these last few days. I am very open with my sexuality and expressing myself but I cannot accept or allow people to use that openness to make me out to be something I am not. There is nothing I take more seriously than the respect we deserve as women in the world. I know what it feels like to be body shamed on a daily basis and would absolutely never criticize or terminate an employee because of their weight.”

That is just not it, Lizzo. We stanned a queen and wound up with a joker who doesn’t even know how to say “I’m sorry.” She may have a legal team advising her that an apology is tantamount to admitting wrongdoing. If that’s the case, she should have just kept all of this to herself. This is victim-blaming at its worst and I can’t see how this is going to end well for Lizzo or her team.

Her diehards are eating it up and crowing about how they knew the allegations could not be true. But those who have learned to believe women, and to believe victims, are rightfully calling this out as a meaningless pile of words that do nothing to address most of the charges brought in the suit. She makes mention of body shaming but does not say anything about accusations of religious harassment. I guess her statement about the “openness” of her sexuality and “expressing [her]self” are meant to excuse her reported behavior at after-parties. But it just doesn’t.

If anyone else had presented this statement as an apology they would be inundated with “throw the whole person out” memes. The women who are part of the lawsuit against Lizzo, and those who have come forward with their own stories to support them, deserve better.