Whoopi Goldberg defends Lizzo after Jillian Michaels body-shames the singer, says 'I celebrate her'
Goldberg decided to weigh in on the Lizzo situation after Michaels sparked a social media firestorm with her 'overweight' comments
Whoopi Goldberg has jumped to singer Lizzo's defense after the celebrity trainer Jillian Michaels recently criticized the musician's weight, which then provoked a heated discussion on social media regarding body shaming, body positivity, and obesity-related medical issues. There were plenty of people online who supported Michaels' frank comments, and many others also felt that she had overstepped the line with her unacceptable comments on Lizzo.
The celebrity trainer, Jillian Michaels, who is well known for her appearances on the weight-loss show 'The Biggest Loser', first sparked the controversy on January 8 when she appeared on BuzzFeed News and questioned why Lizzo's obese body was being praised.
When 'AM to DM' host Alex Berg brought up Lizzo's body-positivity movement, the fitness-first Michaels decided to take aim and fire: "Why are we celebrating her body? Why does it matter? Why aren't we celebrating her music? 'Cause it isn't gonna be awesome if she gets diabetes." The 45-year-old trainer continued, saying "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'."
Lizzo posted a message of self-love and acceptance on Instagram shortly after Michaels' comments went viral, although it is unclear if her comments were aimed at the fitness guru directly. "This is my life. I have done nothing wrong. I forgive myself for thinking I was wrong in the first place. I deserve to be happy."
Goldberg was far more complimentary about Lizzo on her show, 'The View' on January 9. Goldberg clearly meant what she said when she called the 'Juice' singer "fabulous" and went on to defend Lizzo for her confident attitude and positive personality. "She is who she is... and if you don't get it, then you don't get it," said the 'Sister Act' star.
"I'm thrilled that she's a big-figured woman. I’m thrilled that she is and that she has no compunction about wearing whatever she wants to wear and she’s comfortable." Goldberg concluded, "So I do celebrate her."
Whoopi's co-host Joy Behar chipped in by saying, "Jillian Michaels is entitled to her opinion, but not everyone can be a skinny b***h."
We're aware that the 'Truth Hurts' and everyone is entitled to their opinions, but considering Lizzo just recently quit Twitter due to the constant barrage of bullying trolls, maybe the best thing the world could be doing right now is to not be so judgmental and cut her a bit more slack.