Jillian Michaels Criticized For 'Fatphobic' Lizzo Comments

Jillian Michaels Criticized For 'Fatphobic' Lizzo Comments

Former The Biggest Loser host Jillian Michaels is coming under fire for criticizing the praise surrounding Lizzo's unapologetic push for body positivity.

Earlier today, Michaels appeared on BuzzFeed's AM to DM morning show and said she found it strange that we were "celebrating [Lizzo's] body."

"Why does it matter? Why aren't we celebrating her music? 'Cause it isn't going to be awesome if she gets diabetes," Michaels said, before saying, "I'm just being honest. I love her music, my kid loves her music, but there's never a moment when I'm like, 'I'm so glad she's overweight.' Why do I even care? Why is it my job to care about her weight?"

However, BuzzFeed News reports that Michaels' comments have incurred some serious online backlash following the airing of the interview, with many accusing her of being fatphobic and feeding into negative body stereotypes for her own business gain.

"Jillian Michaels came to prominence torturing fat people on television for entertainment," as one commenter wrote. "She is loudly and proudly anti-fat because otherwise she can't make money. Her living depends on anti-fat bigotry."

Meanwhile, writer Sara Benincasa echoed this sentiment by writing, "People who have incredibly deep-seated self-hatred and have spun it into a 'fitness' empire are particularly inclined to say shit like this," before adding, "Jillian Michaels has successfully projected her body dysmorphia outwards for years and made a ton of cash off it."

Not only that, but Michaels' comments also sparked some discussion about why a white woman was talking about a Black woman's body to begin with, with one person writing, "People wanna talk body positivity until a BW actually embraces her body shamelessly."

And even AM to DM host Alex Berg took issue with Michaels' criticism, later tweeting that she "had to restrain [herself] from defending Lizzo's honor."

"What I was going to say here is that Lizzo has been incredibly important in giving so many of us a possibility model for accepting our bodies as we are and celebrating bodies that are normally ridiculed," Berg wrote.

For her part, Michaels has yet to respond to the criticism.

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