Controversy Surrounding Lizzo Has Online Users Divided


| LAST UPDATE 08/09/2023

By Olivia Smith
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Three dancers of pop singer and body positivity enthusiast Lizzo have publicly revealed they are taking the singer to court for creating a "hostile work environment." When allegations against Lizzo entered the public sphere, people online rallied against the singer. In an almost sudden turn, people were proclaiming on X, TikTok, and Instagram, 'I told you so.' Even Queen Bey excluded Lizzo's name during a performance in Boston of Break My Soul (The Queens Remix). Previously attached to direct a documentary on tour about the hitmaker artist, director Sophia Nahli Allison left the project after two weeks.

However, things took a significant turn in the public sphere when a video surfaced from April 2023, just a few months before the dancer came forward with her legal dispute. One of the suing dancers, Arianna Davis, enthusiastically says in the video, "It's been so amazing and such a beautiful journey. I look up to her so much. I just want to follow in her footsteps, and I just want to share that with Queen Lizzo herself.

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Marty Singer, the Juice singer's lawyer, spoke to TMZ, claiming, "These do not sound like the words of someone who was harassed or discriminated against by someone they described as the 'Queen.'" Arianna released a follow-up video explaining her quick change in attitude. In an interview with TMZ, Arianna justified her previous statement, "Right up until the last minute, I didn't realize how bad it was and how much I was being taken advantage of. I just genuinely wanted to save my job. This video further explains how much I was trying to please Lizzo."

@mitchtalksmusic What do we think of this? #lizzo #lizzolawsuit #ariannadavis #fyp #foryou #foryoupage #videoleak #tmz #tmznews #lawyers #tape ♬ Aesthetic - Tollan Kim

However, this wasn't the first time Arianna had shared praise for Lizzo and her job as a backup dancer. In an interview with IndyStar in April 2022, Arianna exalted the Grammy-winning singer, "She's the same person in real life that she is on social media and in the media. She is a genuine, kind-hearted person, and I love working with her." With the resurfacing of both videos, some internet users are now switching sides to support Lizzo. Beyonce then added Lizzo's name to her recent performance of Break My Soul (The Queens Remix) in Washington, DC. People online are divided, and no one knows who to believe; the allegations against the positivity-spouting singer or the dancers with a grudge against their former boss.

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