Music artist Lizzo gave an impassioned speech as she accepted “Video for Good” at the Video Music Awards. Lizzo thanked the fans and went on to say that when they vote for artists, they vote to change the laws that oppress Lizzo and her ilk. She sounded so noble, so progressive, but what did she mean?
Lizzo while accepting the Video for Good award at the #VMA:
“Your vote means everything to me, it means everything to make a change in this country… When you vote for your favorite artist, vote to change some of these laws that oppress us.” pic.twitter.com/19UpJv3rkD
— The Count (@therecount) August 29, 2022
Lizzo is a huge celebrity and is receiving a lot of fame and financial success, which is not especially common among the downtrodden.
Because a successful black woman on television who accepts an award and speaks her mind is the epitome of oppression.
— Dr. Luthor+ 🇺🇸☕️🧙♂️🎮 (@thefubrothers) August 29, 2022
I like Lizzo, but I have to say I don’t think anyone in that crowd is downtrodden or any celebrity there either.
— Cheyenne 🇺🇸 (@samm_orn) August 29, 2022
whaling over the opposition may not be the best approach to win over new Lizzo fans. Virtue signaling in the spotlight with all political sentiment is more or less an invitation to be mocked and criticized.
I’ve heard of Lizzo, but I haven’t seen her before. I think I’m going to do that chain from the earring to the nose treatment. It’s a good look. https://t.co/z1IW9N0lic
— Jon Gabriel (@exjon) August 29, 2022
The nose to ear chain could really catch on as the new oppression look. There are, of course, loyal and adoring fans who are there to cheer on Lizzo and the like, regardless of what comes out of their mouths.
We live in a world where celebrities living a life of luxury, most will never know how to preach about oppression and people actually cheer like it’s real.
— Text to deal damage (@Scratch_Point_Z) August 29, 2022
Early indicators suggest that the share of responses is coming largely from unawakened people who have questions about Lizzo’s gargantuan claims regarding current laws and oppression.
Lizzo has a net worth of $12 million and is a media darling whose immense girth continues to be adored, no doubt leading children all over the world to live unhealthy lifestyles.
Lizzo is not downtrodden and is in fact actively causing damage. https://t.co/I2JcpsQhSz
— TheQuartering (Humble Bean Merchant) (@TheQuartering) August 29, 2022
Several helpful commenters attempted to determine which opposition Lizzo must be referring to. If she says that she is oppressed, it must be so!
If anyone in the world can tell me what US law is oppressing Lizzo right now, I’d appreciate it.
— LADacted ◼️◼️◼️◼️◼️ ن 🇺🇸☦️ (@LADowd) August 29, 2022
It’s not a US law… the Law of Gravity, on the other hand, is just as oppressive as an MFer
— 80% robot (@danielwwelsh) August 29, 2022
That outfit is oppressing her.
— JayJay McMaster, CD (@tantrumblue1) August 29, 2022
Many theories are circulating, but no one knows for sure what opposition Lizzo faces in her role as a huge, high-profile celebrity. The important thing is that an influential cultural figure has asked fans to vote and change unspecified laws. Lizzo fans are likely to flock to register to vote and put an end to that big, nasty oppression; sometimes it takes a celebrity to get people interested in voting for things they know nothing about. Imagine the pride of pressing an “I Voted” sticker on your shirt in Lizzo’s name, can anyone say a great virtual signage selfie opportunity?