Lizzo responds to critic who claims she is popular because of ‘obesity epidemic’

"Keep my name out ya mouth & look in the mirror before you come for me," she clapped back at the critic.

Lizzo nervously interrupted the presidential candidate by making sure that he did not state the original lyrics to the song, but showed signs of relief when he took another route. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)

Boyce Watkins, a social media and political pundit, set off a Twitterstorm Monday when he attacked Lizzo’s weight.

He complained that the recently named Time Magazine’s entertainer of the year is popular because her weight is reflective of the obesity epidemic in the U.S. He lamented that people classified as obese are dying from diabetes, adding an image of Lizzo alongside the commentary. Fans took to Twitter in no time to condemn the remarks. Lizzo also responded, asking why male artists like DJ Khaled were not subjected to the same scrutiny.

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Lizzo argued that she is popular because she writes songs that resonate with fans and that she’s a talented performer. She also noted that she’s doing fine and Watkins needs to check himself.

More than 207,000 Twitter users liked Lizzo’s tweet, many of whom accused Watkins of fat-shaming and sexism, focusing on the singer, instead DJ Khaled, because she’s a confident Black woman at the top of her game.

Here are samples of fans rushing to her defense:

Not one to be silenced, Watkins hit back:

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