By: Jordan Oliver
This past Monday, Jillian Michaels appeared in an interview with “Extra’s” Billy Bush to set the record straight on her comments regarding hip hop artist Lizzo’s weight she made last Wednesday. During her segment on Buzzfeed News “Am to DM”, Jillian commented on Lizzo’s weight as host Alex Berg was speaking on Lizzo’s brand of body acceptance, which went viral: “Why are we celebrating her body? Why does it matter? Why aren’t we celebrating her music? Because it isn’t going to be awesome if she gets diabetes? I love her music. My kid loves her music. But there’s never a moment where I’m like, ‘And I’m so glad that she’s overweight!’ Why do we even care? Why is it my job to even care about her weight?” The Twitter world erupted with convictions of fat shaming and supporting Lizzo for her positive, self-love message. Even Alex Berg tweeted out shortly after their interview saying, “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. Had to restrain myself from defending Lizzo’s honor!” Lizzo herself responded to Jillian’s comments via Twitter with, “I’m popular because I write good songs and I’m talented and perform high energy hour and a half shows filled with love. The only person who needs to do better is you. Keep my name out ya’ mouth & look in the mirror before you come for me. Here’s the attention you ordered.”
If you were expecting an apology tour from Jillian, you would be half right. Though she showed remorse for how her comments were misunderstood and twisted, the celebrity personal trainer stuck to her guns. She told Billy Bush on Extra, “Here’s the reality… It was actually about ‘The Biggest Loser’ and does that show work today, and I said I don’t think so, because I think the world has become so PC that we’ve gone so far to glamorize obesity and… I think this is where things can become unsafe, that we’re denying the reality of certain health ramifications,” and added, “There’s two different narratives. One narrative is love yourself, value yourself, and — by the way — only from this place can you be healthier, mentally, physically… believe in your worth and believe in your ability, but where this comes into play, right, you’re weight, your size, whatever you want to call it, is your health, and denying that there are serious health ramifications when we are overweight is just not a lie I’m willing to tell.” Jillian also commented on she had no intention on bringing Lizzo into an unnecessary media swirl: Well, first of all, she didn’t invite this at all and what I really regret is this argument became about a person and what happened was I was asked if I celebrate her being overweight and I should have said, ‘I don’t celebrate anyone being overweight,’ and I don’t know what would I say to her. I’m a huge fan, which is exactly what I said in the interview. Unfortunately, a human being was attached to a case that I was making. I wish that I would have responded that I don’t celebrate anyone being overweight.” Time will tell if the drama has concluded, or if Lizzo and Jillian will continue to make headlines.