It’s always telling when people come up from under the rock of obscurity to rant about someone else’s good fortune. But for Azealia Banks, this is just her normal Tuesday.
See, it all started when news hit that Lizzo scored her first-ever number one on the Billboard charts. Of course, the Detroit native was elated, especially since ‘Truth Hurts” has been out for almost two years.
So, of course, cause that train is never late, the “212” rapper just couldn’t stop herself from using this happy moment to pop off at the mouth, calling the “Truth Hurts” hitmaker “fat,” and a “millennial mammy.”
“They are really choosing the worst of black women’s crop to advertise America as well….after beyonce became political in ways they didn’t like, the elite stopped giving her the top top spots and started cycling in these lesser than cardi b and lizzos and started giving them beyonce level accolades while being no where near the black women excellence level,” she wrote in a very long winded incoherent rant on Instagram.
(Remember: She got banned from Twitter)
When speaking directly to Lizzo’s body confidence, Banks said, “I understand the body positivity thing, but if it were that the most vulgar bits of it wouldn’t be broadcast like that. Imagine what the rest of the world thinks when they see Lizzo jumping in leotards with cellulite…no one is saying body positivity, she looks like she is making a fool of herself for a white American public. Nothing more, nothing less.”
It gets even worse.
“The fact that the public and media have been keeping this fat girl joke this long is honestly peak boredom. This song is not good, nor is the dummy fat girl spectacle live set she does. Saddest bit is that she is legit talented and truly only being allowed to shine as long as she allows herself to be this millennial mammy of sorts.”
Read the entire mess below:
It’s pretty obvious that hate Banks’ is spewing is a direct product of her own jealousy that her failing and flailing career can’t and will never reach the fever pitch that Lizzo has achieved. But that’s entirely on her. Her constant bullying of other Black women online, her violent shenanigans and her slick mouth makes her a liability in the music industry and quite honestly, for a former fan like myself, it’s a major turn off.
But this obsession with Lizzo’s weight and twerking isn’t really about a legitimate concern about the public perception of Black women or even the white gaze, because if she really cared about that, she would start with adjusting her own triffling crabs in a barrel behavior. But alas, here she is still as my dear friend George M. Johnson said, using Denny’s Wifi to write rants.
See, Banks’ real issue is that she hates Black women, most importantly fat dark Black women. For all the time she has rightfully mentioned how colorism has impeded her career, it’s hard for her wrap her head around the idea that someone like Lizzo can succeed in an industry that has slammed its doors on her. So Banks has used her own fatphobia to play these mental gymnastics about why anyone features Lizzo and if they do, it must be because she’s selling out for success.
In Banks’ twisted little mind, the idea of Lizzo twerking, wearing leotards and doing what we saw Normani do on the VMA’s stage, every time Megan Thee Stallion gets low with her knees of steel and what Beyonce does on tour is somehow a grotesque act because she isn’t a size 4 or 8. Somehow, because of Lizzo’s weight, she isn’t allowed to be all the things that she is—sexual, naked, free and confident—which let me remind you is the exact opposite of what a mammy actually is.
And for the folks who agree with Banks, saying she “has points,” please just keep it real and admit you hate fat Black women and keep it pushing. Because whether you rock with Lizzo’s music or not (I’m meh on it), you cannot deny that Lizzo is a fresh of breath air and every time she takes the stage or stuns on the red carpet, she is inspiring other plus-sized women to live in and love their own skin. Most importantly, Lizzo is pure joy and is unapologetically big and Black, which clearly burns some of y’all up because we’ve been taught that beautiful women like Lizzo should shrink themselves, hide from the world and flat out be miserable.
Miserable like Banks, who many would argue essentially hates herself (i.e. her skin bleaching and constant white boy lust) and projects her own low self-esteem onto others who she believes shouldn’t have any, to begin with.
But none of Banks’ emotional shortcomings should have anything to do with Lizzo. And I hope that the “Truth Hurts” hitmaker sees that in this sea of fatphobia and misogynoir, she is truly loved and that we are rooting for her to succeed, and succeed on her own terms, cellulite or not. Leotard or not.
Here’s some more of that Black Twitter Lizzo love below:
She stay wasting the WiFi at Denny’s with these rants. Imagine being this miserable. https://t.co/iQeNjYJvm4— George M Johnson (@IamGMJohnson) September 3, 2019
Guys, Azealia banks called Beyonce a coon and thief like, 5 minutes ago. Don’t let her jealousy be the face of your fake woke dislike of Lizzo. Just say you don’t think the music slaps and keep it moving.— Rae Sanni (@raesanni) September 3, 2019
Azealia Banks started off her rant by calling Lizzo “worst of black woman crop” and folks are getting on here to say she has some points ? pic.twitter.com/etbX1IF9N9— i stack draw 4s in uno (@PushaStee) September 3, 2019
Anyway back on subject. If Lizzo wasn’t fat this wouldn’t even be a conversation. The fact that people like to remove that from the discussion is really dishonest. Like Azealia is fatphobic as fuck and so is abt 99% of the world. Ppl who try to say “it’s not cuz she fat” are lyin— capricorn bby 💞 (@thefathippy_) September 3, 2019
Azealia Banks really could have kept what she said because it just stank. Lizzo isn't actin like a fool, she's being the EXACT same girl she's BEEN for **YEARS**.— it me, dani (@melaninbarbie) September 3, 2019
Azealia would be further in life if she would stop hating on the next bitch.— why are there yt folks on my live? (@fakebougiechick) September 3, 2019
It’s not colorism that’s holding her back, it’s not Lizzo being a big girl that’s holding her back. It’s her mouth, that bussy boy soap, and her fucking mouth. I’m tired & she should be too.
Imagine if Azealia channeled all this energy into her music. Perhaps she could have a #1 record like Lizzo and Cardi, too. But she'd rather write these obviously miserable rants.— Britni Danielle (@BritniDWrites) September 3, 2019
Let's put her on the prayer list. https://t.co/eQPFK8nbaP
Azealia Banks is beyond a hater at this point! She doesn’t want to see anyone win. Lizzo deserves EVERYTHING. pic.twitter.com/pTPN76oT8v— FashionsWarrior (@FvshionsWarrior) September 3, 2019
this bull 💩 honestly breaks my heart to see this girl talk about Lizzo in this vulgar way, also Lil Nas. For a girl who couldn’t even launch a real career off of 212 and has become akin to a herpes outbreak 🥴. Azealia... nobody is checking for you boo. 🥶 https://t.co/XJ7ANvg1I2— DAVY BOI (@iamdavyboi) September 3, 2019
It's shameful but predictable to find Azealia Banks being negative towards all Black women/rappers succeeding in something. She says shit explicitly too. Leave Lizzo alone. Doing all that projecting on other BW focus on yourself.— Blue & Grey⁷ (@Kae_DidThat) September 3, 2019
Is Azealia supposed to represent the “best of black women” since Lizzo and Cardi are such poor representations to her? pic.twitter.com/cFMMKUEjBN— My Life (@monologueNacafe) September 3, 2019
I really can't stand this bitch. She's nothing more than an ashy, buck-toothed, Black-n-milds built jealous ass hoe mad because Lizzo took the audience she started out appealing to which is her fault. Azealia Banks is truly the definition of a jealous, hateful bitch. https://t.co/FVy1uvh5nb— One Night in New York (@artsygrinch) September 3, 2019
So according to Azealia(and some of you other hoes) Lizzo's success in the mainstream is a problem b/c she's fat, black and bubbly?? Because she's not woe as me feeding your fucking fantasies about sad fat women in dark, covered clothing constantly crooning about heartache?? https://t.co/xJbufOqF0r— Fatyoncé (@NandiComeLately) September 3, 2019