Lizzo is absolutely right about abortion

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“I feel like everyone in America got my damn name in their damn mouth for no damn reason,” Lizzo ranted during one Special trip Toronto show this weekend. TThe comment was a cheeky nod to some rather choice (read: fatphobic) words from Kanye West said recently over her body. And just two weeks ago, conservatives were being harassed about the classically trained flutist who plays for a slave owner flute. But Lizzo hardly cares about the haters: “I’ll take care of my fat Black beauty!‘ she said to a crowd of cheering fans.

but tThe 34-year-old artist does not shy away from politics and activism. In a new one vanity fair profileLizzo spoke at length about women’s rights – specifically the impact the Supreme Court is having Roe v. calf have (and had) on the reverse bodies of colored people. “Black people have been so dehumanized — especially black women. I’d like to be an optimist, but I’m a chronically disappointed optimist,” she said. “The way black women were treated in this country made me very hopeless. I don’t think there was a time when [we] were treated fairly and with respect.”

After the SCOTUS News broke in June, Lizzo donated $500,000 to Planned Parenthood and the National Network of Abortion Funds — a sum that was voted on by Live Nation, their tour promoter. Their financial contributions appear to be a frustrated response to government inaction, which leaves them unperturbed. Although she does not “condemn” (and even Applied for Biden), she wants to know what “real steps” they plan to take in relation to reproductive rights: “I don’t know what they’re doing,” she said. “I see you’re listening, but we’re in a post-Throughts-and-prayer society. Thoughts and prayers are just not enough anymore.”

For Lizzo in the heart of roe Reversal is white male supremacy and those who do little about it: “It’s about power and control. […] It was always about white male supremacy in this country, and the people involved in maintaining it — that’s a lot of white women,” she explained. “The women who voted for Donald Trump. The facade that ‘America, we’re all in this together.’ No, we are not.”

While Lizzo didn’t have an abortion herself, she doesn’t believe you have to have a “personal” connection to a cause to advocate for it:

I know many people who would have died if they hadn’t had this procedure. It shouldn’t matter if I had a personal experience or knew someone; It shouldn’t matter what my opinion is. Opinions are what brought us [into] That shit first – what people think people should be doing with their bodies. Today we don’t create laws that support people with medical care, let alone abortion. How about giving people access and resources and minding their damn business?

Whether it’s reproductive politics or their music, black women are always the center of attention. “I don’t make music for white people. I’m a black woman, I make music from my black experience so I can heal myself [from] the experience we call life,” she said. “If I can help other people, yes. Because we are the most marginalized and neglected people in this country. We need self-love and self-love anthems more than anyone.”

For that we salute you Lizzo. IIt’s About Damn Time. Lizzo is absolutely right about abortion

Adam Bradshaw

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