Lizzo Accuses TikTok of Singling Her Out Over Swimsuit Videos
The ‘Truth Hurts’ hitmaker calls out the social media platform for removing her viral swimsuit clips, but allowing videos of ‘other girls in bathing suits.’
AceShowbiz –Lizzo refuses to be singled out for showing skin. Noticing that videos of her in swimsuit have consistently been removed by TikTok, the “Truth Hurts” hitmaker made a decision to call out the social media platform for its double standard.
On Tuesday, March 3, the 31-year-old uploaded a clip of her lip syncing to the viral audio that repeats the words, “I know”. All the while, a series of texts expressing her disappointment flashed on screen. “TikTok keeps taking down my videos with me in my bathing suits but allows other videos with girls in bathing suits,” it read.
“But allows other videos with girls in bathing suits,” the rapper, whose real name is Melissa Viviane Jefferson, continued to note. “I wonder why?” She wrapped up the video with an invitation to discuss the issue. “TikTok…we need to talk,” she concluded.
Lizzo was not the only one taking issues with TikTok for her deleted videos. Back in December 2019, German site NetzPolitik.org reported that fat and LGBTQ users are among those whose videos were stopped from being shown in other users’ feeds. In response, TikTok argued that it was their policy to counteract bullying.
A spokesperson for the platform, however, stressed that such approach has since been replaced by a new one. The representative added, “Although we had a good intention, we realized that it was not the right approach.”
Lizzo has been a vocal advocate of body positivity. Weeks earlier, the “Juice” rapper voiced her frustration over music industry’s double standard about men and women’s bodies. During an appearance on Brazil’s TV Folha, she asked, “What does that tell you about the oppressor? What does that tell you about men? Get it together, we don’t talk about your d**k sizes, do we?”
“I don’t think I’m any different than any of the other great women who’ve come before me that had to literally be politicised just to be sexual… You know what I mean? Just to exist,” she stated. “Things that were beautiful on them were called flaws, and they persisted against that, fought against that, and now I’m able to do what I do because of those great women.”
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