Grammy-winning artist Lizzo has faced criticism for sharing a carefree twerking video on Instagram, raising eyebrows amidst her ongoing sexual harassment lawsuit. In the clip, she can be seen dancing to Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s latest track “Bongos,” donning a playful blue floral bikini.
“My back💥 sound like a bongoooooooo,” she captioned the post.
However, some fans were disheartened by Lizzo’s bold social media gesture, especially considering the recent lawsuit filed against her by three of her former backup dancers. These dancers accuse the “Truth Hurts” singer of both weight-shaming and engaging in sexually denigrating behavior.
“Are we really just going to go on like she didn’t pressure her team into sexual acts?” one user commented.
“Exactly why I’m unfollowing her now as we speak. So unnecessary,” another added.
“Really wish you would address what’s going on with some seriousness,” a third wrote. “We all looked up to you and need you to show us that your words are true.”
Lizzo, aged 35 and renowned for her song “About Damn Time,” spoke out about the lawsuit on August 3, labeling the claims made by her former dancers as “outrageous.”
“My work ethic, morals and respectfulness have been questioned. My character has been criticized,” she wrote in an Instagram statement at the time.
“Usually I choose not to respond to false allegations but these are as unbelievable as they sound and too outrageous to not be addressed.”
Despite her denial of the allegations, some of Lizzo’s fans continue to call for an apology.
“Still waiting on that apology,” one person posted Sunday.
However, others rushed to the defense of the “Juice” singer, with one user pleading with commenters to “let that woman live her life.”
“Keep [them] mad lizzo ignore and keep doing you like you supposed to do,” another wrote.
Throughout the controversy, Lizzo has appeared unfazed both in public and on social media. Meanwhile, her legal team is reportedly preparing to countersue the three dancers. Their lawyer has deemed the initial lawsuit an “insidious attempt at intimidation.”
“Lizzo’s threat to countersue for malicious prosecution is an insidious attempt at intimidation and delivers a chilling effect to all harassment victims in the workplace,” attorney Rob Zambrano stated to Page Six on August 25.
“The scare tactics, bullying and victim shaming coming from Lizzo’s team is exactly the behavior employees face in the entertainment industry who feel they have no choice but to ‘suck it up’ for access and success.”