Jillian Michaels Faces Backlash Over Lizzo Body Comments (UPDATE)

Michaels is facing backlash after she suggested that the media shouldn't "celebrate" Lizzo's body.

Jillian Michaels visits BuzzFeed's "AM To DM"

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Jillian Michaels visits BuzzFeed's "AM To DM"

UPDATED 1/9, 2:10 p.m. ET: After receiving criticism for her Lizzo comments, Jillian Michaels did not back down in an interview with TMZ.

"I'm a health expert, for decades I have said repeatedly that your weight and your size have no bearing or merit on your value, your beauty, your worth, your ability," she explained. "Where it does have relevance is your health. And to pretend that it doesn't is not only irresponsible, it's dangerous, and it's just not a lie I'm willing to tell because it's politically correct."

She reiterated her previous comments, and added that Lizzo's "health is her business."

Michaels said her comments weren't directed at the Grammy-nominated artist, and it was the host on BuzzFeed News who did.

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Jillian Michaels is facing backlash after she suggested that the media shouldn't "celebrate" Lizzo's body. 

During an appearance on Buzzfeed News' AM2DM morning show, Michaels questioned why she and other people should praise Lizzo for having an image that doesn't adhere to societal norms. 

"Why are we celebrating her body?" Michaels asked in regards to Lizzo. "Why aren't we celebrating her music? Cause 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.'"

Micheals comments quickly went viral, leading Lizzo to accuse Michaels of being fatphobic.

Micheals is a professional trainer who is famous for hosting shows like NBC's The Biggest Loser that help people live healthier lifestyles. Michael's career path has led fans to claim that she's made a living off fat-shaming people and they believe that her comments about Lizzo are an extension of this. Also, her story of overcoming obesity as a child to put herself in this position is well known. As a result, some fans believe that her loathing for "out of shape" people is rooted in self-hate.

Jillian Michaels came to prominence torturing fat people on television for entertainment. She is loudly and proudly anti-fat because otherwise she can’t make money. Her living depends on anti-fat bigotry. https://t.co/LHLQlpNoYE

— Mx. Amadi Lovelace Has Left This Place (@amaditalks) January 8, 2020

Jillian Michaels needs to stfu and leave BW’s bodies alone. Fat =/= unhealthy. And thin doesn’t mean healthy.

People wanna talk body positivity until a BW actually embraces her body shamelessly. https://t.co/dvp9iC7RkK

— Openly Catfish Black & Disabled, Esq. (She/Her) (@4WheelWorkOut) January 8, 2020

F u c k Jillian Michaels

And fuck the televised torture of fat people as entertainment

Jillian Michaels should be exiled from any form of attention until she makes real amends for her dangerous fatphobic hatefest

— Mean Fat Girl- 🏳️‍🌈🕹 (@Artists_Ali) January 8, 2020

Jillian Michaels is a fatphobic hypocrite. “We shouldn’t be celebrating her body”...but her body is literally what she’s known for. She’s only saying that because people accepting fatness is a detriment to the money she makes by perpetuating harmful anti-fat ideals. https://t.co/UbZn8Vfu4u

— 𝙇𝙚𝙛𝙩-𝙃𝙖𝙣𝙙𝙚𝙙 𝙋𝙞𝙨𝙘𝙚𝙨™️ (@fluffyblkboy) January 8, 2020

“Why is it my job to care about her weight?” - Jillian Michaels about Lizzo

But you’re talking about her getting diabetes in the very same segment. So either you care about her weight, or you don’t.

A very a slick way to fat shame her. https://t.co/xVQy5P2WN1

— 𝐄𝐱𝐚𝐯𝐢𝐞𝐫 𝐏𝐨𝐩𝐞 (@exavierpope) January 8, 2020

I would rather be Lizzo than Jillian Michaels. https://t.co/VwNMbSoB5n

— Lisa Braun Dubbels (@lisadubbels) January 8, 2020

Michaels later took to social media to address the backlash. "As I've stated repeatedly, we are all beautiful, worthy, and equally deserving," she wrote. "I also feel strongly that we love ourselves enough to acknowledge there are serious heath consequences that come with obesity - heart disease, diabetes, cancer to name only a few."

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