Lizzo has rebuked critics who claim she makes music for a certain demographic.
In her HBO documentary Dear LizzoThe “Juice” singer explains that she’s often called out for genre hopping, and said some people have accused her of making music that only appeals to white people.
Now she addressed those views in an interview on Tuesday (December 13), calling them “very hurtful”.
When appearing on the The Howard Stern Show, Lizzo was asked about the comments she receives.
“[It’s] very hurtful just because I’m a black woman and I feel like it really challenges my identity and who I am and diminishes what I think is really hurtful,” she told Stern.
Lizzo reiterated that her music is for “literally anyone and everyone.”
“I’m not trying to hide my message from people. So all three things for me, I’m just like, ‘You don’t get me at all,'” she said.
“And I feel like a lot of people honestly don’t understand me — that’s why I wanted to make this documentary because I was like, ‘I feel like you don’t get me, you all don’t know where I’m from…'”
“And now I don’t want to answer any more questions about this shit. I want to show the world who I am,” she added.
The star explained that she feels her music was actually heavily influenced by black music from the 1970s and 1980s, and defined her sound as “funky, soulful, feel-good music.”
Lizzo recently addressed the same moment from the documentary when he was being interviewed by Gerrad Hall.
During the interview, the star said she finds the pop music genre “inherently racist.”
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The news comes shortly after Lizzo revealed she was bullied at school because she liked rock bands like Radiohead.
“It was a black school,” she said vanity fair in October. “Mostly black and brown, Caribbean, I had Nigerian friends … They all listened to what was on the radio: Usher, Destiny’s Child, Ludacris, and I was in Radiohead’s ok computers”
“I kept it hidden even when I was in a rock band because I didn’t want to be mocked by my peers — they would say ‘White girl!’ scream,” she recalls.
The way Lizzo dressed also became a topic of bullying: “I was wearing these flared bell bottoms with embroidery on them – and they were like, ‘You look like a white girl, why do you want to look like a hippie? ‘”
“I wanted so badly to be accepted; not fitting in properly hurt,” the singer recalled.
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/lizzo-genre-music-radiohead-white-people-b2244895.html Lizzo berates genre critics who say she makes music for white people