Fitness guru Jillian Michaels is receiving major backlash for her recent comments about Lizzo.
During an appearance on BuzzFeed’s show “AM to DM,” Michaels said, “Why are we celebrating her body? Why does it matter? Why aren’t we celebrating her music?”
.@JillianMichaels on Lizzo: "Why are we celebrating her body? Why does it matter? Why aren't we celebrating her music? 'Cause it isn't gonna be awesome if she gets diabetes." pic.twitter.com/FkKBd8J87b— AM2DM by BuzzFeed News (@AM2DM) January 8, 2020
She added, “Because it isn’t going to be awesome if she gets diabetes… there's never been a moment where I'm like, 'And I'm so glad she's overweight.'"
After the interview went viral, “The Good Place” actress Jameela Jamil tweeted, “Honestly can the world just get off Lizzo’s d*ck already? The woman can outrun, out dance, out sing, out sex, out earn and out do most of the wastes of space who pointlessly take time out of their day to criticize her. You aren’t fit to lick her designer boots."
Another Twitter user wrote, “Lizzo is celebrated because not only is she talented, she shows other girls to love themselves no matter what. Jillian Michaels can only trend for being an a--h-le."
Someone else tweeted, “Nick Jonas and Halle Berry both have diabetes. Fat does not equal diabetes.”
On Wednesday, Michaels defended her remarks, telling TMZ, “Your weight and your size have no bearing or merit on your value, your beauty, your worth, your ability."
Stressing the importance of being healthy, she pointed out, “My overall point is: Take care of yourself because you love yourself… We should value people on their skills and their abilities. It’s irrelevant what size they are, that’s up to them… Obesity is the number one contributor to diabetes, heart disease, cancer. I wish that on absolutely no one.”
On the same day, Michaels wrote on Instagram, “As I’ve stated repeatedly, we are all beautiful, worthy, and equally deserving. I also feel strongly that we love ourselves enough to acknowledge there are serious health consequences that come with obesity — heart disease, diabetes, cancer to name only a few."
Lizzo, who recently announced she is taking a break from Twitter, has not directly responded to Jillian’s comments. She did share an Instagram video of her beautiful view, writing, “today’s mantra is: This is my life. I have done nothing wrong. I forgive myself for thinking I was wrong in the first place. I deserve to be happy.”