Lizzo defends wearing 'inappropriate' thong outfit to basketball game

10 December 2019, 12:03 | Updated: 11 December 2019, 10:38

Jazmin Duribe

By Jazmin Duribe

Lizzo says haters can "kiss it" after receiving backlash for wearing a thong to a Lakers basketball game on Sunday.

Lizzo has responded to internet fashion critics after an outfit she wore to a basketball game ignited a full-blown Twitter war.

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It all started when Lizzo rocked up to the Los Angeles Lakers v Minnesota Timberwolves game on Sunday (8 Dec) with her entourage. The 'Good As Hell' singer wore an understated t-shirt dress, fishnet tights and killer patent boots. From the front, the outfit was just like any other someone might wear to the basketball game, but from the back? Oh, it was a different story. Lizzo's dress had a large hole cut out the back that revealed her thong.

Lizzo attends a basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Minnesota Timberwolves at Staples Center.
Lizzo attends a basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Minnesota Timberwolves at Staples Center. Picture: Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images

During halftime, the Laker girls danced to Lizzo's song 'Juice' and, naturally, she twerked along to her own bop. But, she revealed a lot of herself in the process as it was blown up on-screen in the stadium.

Lizzo continued to show off her booty on her Instagram Story, sharing a video of herself from behind. "This is how a bad bitch goes to the Lakers game," she said. Little did she know, her outfit had started a heated internet debate.

Many said her outfit was inappropriate as there were children at the game.

Others thought that it was hypocritical considering how slimmer people are never held to the same dress code standards and how scantily-clad the Lakers cheerleaders are.

And Lizzo's fans were just here for her living her best life.

Despite the criticism, Lizzo remained as unbothered as could be. She hopped on Instagram Live to address the backlash and basically told the haters to kiss her ass. "Who I am and the essence of me and the things I choose to do as a grown ass woman can inspire you to do the same," she explained.

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"You don't have to be like me, you need to be like you and never ever let somebody stop you, or shame you from being yourself. This is who I've always been. Now everyone's looking at it… and your criticism can just remain your criticism. Your criticism has no effect on me, negative criticism has no stake in my life, no control over my life, over my emotions. I'm the happiest I've ever been I'm surrounded by love and I just want to spread that love – and also spread these cheeks. And you know what? If you really, really don't like my ass, you can kiss it. 'Cause kissing it makes it go away, I promise."

She added: "It doesn't really matter what goes down on the internet, nothing really breaks my joy. I'm a really solid grounded person and I know that I'm really shocking because you've never seen in a long time a body like mine doing whatever it wants to do and dressing the way that it dresses and moving the way that it moves.

"But I don't want to censor myself because I'm suddenly famous, or I don't want to censor myself because everyone's looking at me now. I'm not going to quiet myself, I'm not going to shrink myself because somebody thinks that I'm not sexy to them. Bitch…"

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