Lizzo is “very hurt” over claims she makes music for white people

In a minute she’ll set the record straight.

Lizzo on Monday slammed critics who accused her of making music that appeals only to white people – an accusation made in her new HBO Max documentary Love, Lizzo.

“[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 mitigates what I think is really hurtful,” said the Juice singer, 34, during an appearance on “The Howard Stern Show.”

The three-time Grammy winner noted that she doesn’t try to “hide” her message.

“I feel like a lot of people honestly don’t understand me – that’s why I wanted to make this documentary because I thought, ‘I feel like you don’t get me, you all don’t, I don’t know where I’m from…’ ‘ she continued. “And now I don’t want to answer any more questions about this s–t. I want to show the world who I am.”

Lizzo rebuked the critics who claimed so on Tuesday"Juicy" Singers a specific demographic.
Lizzo addressed misunderstandings and misguided criticism of herself while speaking with Howard Stern on his show.
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In her HBO documentary "Dear Lizzo," The 34-year-old singer revealed that she's often scolded for not sticking to a genre and that people accuse her of making music that only appeals to white people.
In her HBO Max documentary Love, Lizzo, the 34-year-old singer revealed that she has been accused of making music that appeals only to white people.
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Lizzo said she was influenced by black music of the 1970s and ’80s, calling her own work “funky, soulful, feel-good music.”

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly last month, Lizzo called popular music “inherently racist.”

“I think if people did research, they would see that there was race music and then pop music,” she explained. “And racial music was their way of separating black artists from the mainstream because they didn’t want their kids to hear black and brown music because they said it was demonic and yada, yada, yada.”

The singer claims she was bullied at school because she liked bands like Radiohead.

“It was a black school,” Lizzo told Vanity Fair for the November cover story. “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 liked Radiohead’s ‘OK Computer’.”

Lizzo explained that she always felt her music was influenced by black music from the 1970s and 80s, citing their sound  "funky, soulful feel-good music."
Lizzo calls her own work “funky, soulful, feel-good music.”
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“I kept it hidden even when I was in a rock band because I didn’t want to make fun of my peers — they were screaming, ‘White girl!'” she recalled.

Lizzo claimed the students even made fun of her clothes.

“I was wearing these flared pants with embroidery on them — and they were like, ‘You look like a white girl, why do you want to look like a hippie?'” Lizzo said. “I wanted so badly to be accepted; not fitting properly hurts.” Lizzo is “very hurt” over claims she makes music for white people

Emma Bowman

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