Did P. Diddy Body Shame Lizzo On IG Live For Twerking?
Sean John Combs (AKA Puff Daddy, P. Diddy, Puffy, and/or Diddy) organised the “the world’s biggest dance-a-thon” on the Easter Sunday, the 12th of this month, via Instagram Live. The dance-a-ton was held to raise money for coronavirus relief efforts done through Direct Relief, a humanitarian aid organisation that “rushes critical medicines and requested supplies to communities affected by poverty or emergencies throughout the world.” While Diddy was joined by his sons and daughters at home, his star-studded celebrity guest list included Drake, his ex-Jennifer Lopez, Kylie Jenner, LeBron James, Lizzo, Megan Thee Stallion, Lizzo and Draya Michele. The slew of A-Listers made for a fun, hyped Easter, we ain’t gonna lie but, there was one moment that has rubbed the public the wrong way.
Lizzo, AKA Queen AKA Time Magazine’s 2019 “Entertainer of the Year” AKA self-love empowerer, made an appearance in the IG live with Diddy and after showing the camera a thank you card for health care workers, went on to dance to Moneybagg Yo’s “1 2 3”. However, once she started twerking, Diddy asked for the song to be turned off.
He said is heard saying to Lizzo and the camera,
It’s Easter Sunday…. Let’s play something a little bit family-friendly,”
To which, Lizzo responds by apologising, appearing flustered but understanding. She then requested to play something she could bop along to, like her hit “Juice”.
Nothing too bad there, until self-made millionaire Draya Michele – designer, actress, businesswoman and mother – joined the IG live later on and did the same thing, only to earn Diddy’s praise.
Michele shakes up the broadcast with similar moves to the equally inappropriate song “Back That Azz Up” by Juvenile. Diddy and his sons dance along and hype up her performance before he goes on to say,
”Yo, Draya, we’re proud of that. You killed that. I think that was one of the top performances.”
Fans are not having it. Diddy was put on blast for stopping Lizzo but not Draya, stating that it was a clear case of bias against the plus-sized artist. Coupled with the fact that it was Diddy was in control of the music…
Diddy himself took to his Instagram stories to clarify that he stopped Lizzo’s performance because of the song choice.
He tagged Lizzo in his Instagram story and clarified,
“There’s one thing I want to make clear. My queen, my sister, Lizzo. When I stopped the music, it was ’cause it had a lot of curses in there. Not ’cause she was twerking”
Calling her “one of the best twerkers in the world”, he went on to say that he didn’t need “child services knocking” on his door because, while everyone is “allowed to twerk on Easter”, the song had a lot of cursing. He then expresses his love for the artist and asks that people start looking for the positivity in things, which is sweet.
Now, to be fair, in the original Instagram live with Lizzo, Diddy did specifically say “Let’s play something” rather than something along the lines of “let’s do something” or “tone it down and keep it family-friendly”. His choice of “play” shows that it was about the song, not what Lizzo was doing. However, if you compare the two songs “1 2 3” and “Back That Azz Up”, the later has “m*****f*****” as well as dirtier imagery than ” 1 2 3″, which has the words “p****”, “s***” and “b**ch”. And yet, it was only Lizzo’s performance that was put to a stop. Admittedly, Diddy’s more excited and hyped reaction to Michele speaks volumes to the bias shown to both artists. Was this a case of body shaming or a misconstrued misunderstanding?
At the end of the day, we want positivity and love for all. The world has no place for bias; we need to be supporting each other and embracing all our differences rather than acting on century-old societal judgements. These are outdated and unnecessarily alienating beloved members of our society for silly things like outward appearances – we ain’t got time for that negativity!