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Lizzo says cancel culture is ‘appropriation’

"I hope we can phase out of this"

By Tom Skinner

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Lizzo. CREDIT: Press

Lizzo has expressed her thoughts on the term ‘cancel culture’, claiming that it has been misappropriated and is currently being “misdirected”.

Taking to Twitter yesterday (January 8), the Special pop star wrote: “This may be a random time to say this but it’s on my heart.. cancel culture is appropriation.

“There was real outrage from truly marginalized people and now it’s become trendy, misused and misdirected.”

Lizzo added: “I hope we can phase out of this & focus our outrage on the real problems.” See the tweet below.

‘Cancel culture’ is  a contemporary phrase used to refer to a form of social or professional ostracism an individual may face after being accused of doing or saying something that is considered offensive, harmful or illegal.

In the case of musicians and entertainment figures, fans and media outlet’s may boycott the person’s work while members of their team could sever ties with them as a result of the controversy.

Last summer, Lizzo faced backlash for using an ableist slur in her single ‘Grrrls’. The singer subsequently changed the line in question, acknowledging the “harmful word” it contained. “Let me make one thing clear: I never want to promote derogatory language,” she wrote.

Lizzo is set to embark on a UK/Ireland and European headline tour next month. The upcoming stint includes a concert at The O2 in London – see the full schedule and find any remaining tickets here.

Reviewing the star’s fourth and latest studio album, Special – which came out last July – Rolling Stone UK wrote: “Lizzo retains her sharp one-liners and TikTok-friendly track lengths with music that mines seventies disco and eighties synth-pop.”